If your sunglasses don’t make you feel like a million dollars, it may just be time for a new pair. Because the perfect frames should do more than just shade you from the sun – They should add glamour, make a statement and finish off your look.
But not all sunglasses are created equal: we bring you, Pared Eyewear.
Founded by Creative Director Samantha Stevenson and her partner Edward Baker, Pared pushes the boundaries of conventional eyewear design, while staying true to the fundamentals – high quality materials, smooth shapes and lasting comfort.
Worn by Katy Perry, Whitney Port,Cara Delevigne and counting, this distinctive range of art deco-inspired sunglasses is creating serious buzz. Believing that all good things come in pairs, Stevenson’s process involves balancing old and new, masculine and feminine, classic and modern, and creating frames that are built to last.
To explore the method behind the magic, we sat down with Stevenson herself to talk inspiration, collaborations, and what’s next for Pared Eyewear.
Can you remember the first pair of sunglasses you ever bought?
I was always obsessed with vintage sunglasses and would scour markets for them. My first great pair was an oversized gold Christian Dior frame. I love oversized [styles] and anything quite’70s. There is always an oversized pair of glasses in the collection for this reason!
How does each Pared collection actually begin? With a theme, a material, a random thought?
It’s always a time and a place that I base the collection around which gives the collection a great framework. It defines the colours and shape direction. All the details and materials are inspired by my research into architecture, fashion, art and contemporary design.
Why did you decide to design sunglasses?
I studied design and always knew that I wanted to create accessories. Whether it was jewellery, sunglasses or shoes – there is crossover in all of these areas. I gravitate towards designing items that are special and worn daily. I like that sunglasses have a longer shelf life, and when you find a shape and style that really suits you it can become your signature.