Traditional tortoise frames hold steady as an enduring classic in optics. With fresh proportions and bold patterns, these six shades modernize the eyewear staple.
Margaret Howell x Oliver Goldsmith
Good luck tracking down this limited-edition collaboration between two British fashion vets, Margaret Howell and Oliver Goldsmith. The Consul references a 1966 design from the latter’s extensive archive of eyewear; the gray tortoise is a novel twist, and the frame and lens colorway are exclusive. They run £225 from Margaret Howell stores.
The Andrea riffs on the Clubmaster’s popularity, combining a half-rimmed model with Super‘s instant hit, the Flat Top, and adding a streaked tortoise acetate to lend old-school sophistication. Buy them online for $165.
Another slick take on the Clubmaster style, this pair’s black-and-clear tortoise frames amp up the rockabilly ’50s side of the style. Get them at Oak for $48.
A deft mix of Wayfarer and cat-eye frames, Karen Walker’s Number One shades evoke silver-screen elegance. Get them from Gargyle for $170.
With ultra-refined lines and more conventional good looks, the Grant makes the classic look current with patented “snap-hinge” technology—doing away with soldered joints and screws—an innovation of the Mykita line. Visit the label’s website to purchase.