Taking Flight

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WHO: For men who like the classics, but crave a twist.

WHAT: Aviators have been a classic in men’s eyewear for decades, but modern materials, technology, and colorways easily bring the style into 2020.

WEAR: (Top to Bottom) From Mykita, the Elgard is a super lightweight take on the aviator, featuring a squared silhouette and a minimal colorway. From Thélios’ Berluti, style BL50012U offers a thin interpretation of the classic, in a bright, bold silver featuring Berluti’s signature scritto engraved along the temples and rims for added texture. From ESE’s Cazal, style 7076 is a semi-rimmed aviator with a gold double brow bar that extends to the temples, bringing intricate detailing to a classic style. Finally, Blake Kuwahara’s Skidmore brings a bold, artistic take to a normally understated shape, with cutouts and temples that are both minimal and statement making at the same time.

WHY: It may be a classic shape, but the aviator, open to endless reinterpretations and modern twists, is anything but overdone.

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