Shop for cool sunglasses at these Toronto eyewear boutiques

Future’s so bright you gotta wear shades? Well, take a peek inside these eyewear boutiques and you’ll find hot contemporary and vintage sunglasses that are sure to keep you looking cool.

Cutler And Gross

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758 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1E9

You’ll have it made in the shade with fashion-forward sunglasses from this optical boutique on West Queen West. The iconic British brand, first founded in 1969, handcrafts classic-yet-trendy sunglasses in a variety of unisex shapes and styles; prices range from about $400 to $800. The chic shades have plenty of celebrity fans and have even been spotted on notorious eyewear-loving pop stars like Bono and Elton John.

Opticianado Eyewear

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2919 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P 1Z1

Old school eyewear enthusiasts from across the GTA and beyond visit Jordan Paul’s optical store to check out his meticulously curated collection of vintage frames. The Junction eyewear boutique carries a unique array of high-quality vintage sunglasses as well as contemporary styles from independent designers. The full-service shop will also add a UV-coated, custom-tinted prescription lens to your frames if you’re looking for both fashion and function.

Spectacle

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752 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1E9

You’d be forgiven for wearing your sunglasses at night with stylish frames from this Toronto optical boutique with three locations across the city. The shop’s glowing display cases house a handpicked selection of luxury frames from international eyewear designers and fashion labels including Celine, Prada, Thierry Lasry, St. Laurent and Reiz. The Queen Street West location is just a few doors away from Cutler and Gross if you want to do some comparison shopping.

Gafas Optical

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555 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2B6

This Queen West boutique eschews mass produced eyewear in favour of handmade designer sunglasses from Europe and Japan. Adventurous shoppers will love the funky Linda Farrow frames with lenses shaped like old-fashioned TV sets. The Kings of Past line (exclusive to the boutique) sources unique vintage sunglasses from iconic retro brands like Persol, Ray-Ban and Guy Laroche. The shop also stocks handmade eyeglass chains from Milan — a stylish accessory that’ll ensure you never misplace your sunnies again.

Eye Wonder Optical

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1075 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1H3

Once you get over the infectious-sounding name you’ll be delightfully surprised by the selection of sunglasses at this Queen West boutique. The optical shop carries chic frames from Stella McCartney, Italia Independent and Dutch label KILSGAARD. You’ll also find special Asian-fit made-in-Italy sunglasses from Canadian designer Kay Tran. Most items are priced in the $200 range but watch out for summer sales, when you can snag select styles for under $100.

The Optic Zone Inc

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33 Jarvis St, Toronto, ON M5E 1N3

Looking to trade in your classic Ray-Bans for something a little out of the ordinary? Head to this fashionable King Street optical boutique where you’ll find avant-garde eyewear from high-end international designers, including Theo, Mykjta, Anne et Valentin, and Bevel. Owner Bob Karir makes frequent trips to Europe to source haute couture sunglasses made with novel materials such as buffalo horn, 3D-printed titanium and laminated wood. If you prefer something a little more high fashion, there are also sleek styles from big name brands like Chanel, Prada and Oliver Peoples.

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