Tom Ford Sunglasses – A Legitimate Eyewear Brand
The Tom Ford branding machine knows no bounds. Of particular interest to Ape are Tom Ford’s superb fragrance collections. And recently – its Tom Ford Sunglasses Collection. A category dominated by stalwarts such as Persol and Oliver Peoples, Tom Ford is making a serious case for recognition as a legitimate eyewear brand. Bold acetates and elegant metal frames, in classic styles are paving the way to success. There’s a certain air of sophistication attached to the brands’ glasses and sunglasses offering. Acknowledged by many a respected-style icon celebrity, including the likes of Brad Pitt.
Having forged a brilliant career in haute couture, American fashion designer Thomas Carlyle “Tom” Ford launched his eponymous brand in 2004. And hasn’t looked back since. He previously served as the creative director at Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent which tee’d up his own brand perfectly. Tom Ford are known for their outlandish advertising campaigns – raunchy and sexy if you will. And most recently the interestingly named, Fu*king Fabulous fragrance. But back to sunglasses. Tom Ford sunglasses are perhaps best known for its Aviator and Wayfarer frames and darker colours and patterns such as different hues of Brown, Black, Green and Tortoise.
6 Of The Best
Perhaps best known is the Tom Ford FT5294, a classic round shaped pair of glasses with havana frames. All crafted in lightweight, durable and timeless materials and design. All are vintage-inspired and feature the unmistakable yet subtle ’T’ curving around the temple and onto the front of the frame. Which makes them instantly recognisable. Tom Ford frames are equally at home with a suit as they are on the beach. Here are Ape’s six of the best Made in Italy Tom Ford Sunglasses and pieces of eyewear.
Ape’s Editor; Chris Beastall wears the Tom Ford Henry Vintage Wayfarer FT0248 in Dark Havana frame and dark metal (colour code 52A). Photographs by Toby Clark for Ape to Gentleman
A retro-inspired pair of Tom Ford sunglasses, the unisex Snowdon FT0237 boasts an ultra thick frame. With arms beginning at the top of the frame corners with the signature Tom Ford ’T’ across the temples. Available in Black on (Dark) Havana or patterned Tortoiseshell. And yes, these were worn by James Bond (Daniel Craig) in SPECTRE.
The Tom Ford Eric-02 FT0595 sunglasses also include the signature Tom Ford ‘T’ at the temple. Squared in style, they are ideal for those with round and oval face shapes, and for both formal and casual wear. Available in Havana, Black and Dark Brown acetate frames, with brown and green lenses.
Another pair of sunglasses worn by James Bond (Daniel Craig) in SPECTRE – the Tom Ford Henry Vintage Wayfarer FT0248. The colour worn by Bond is a Dark Havana frame and dark metal (colour code 52A). Also available in Black and Gold. They feature an acetate front with gunmetal inserts and the ’T’ logo at the temples. Also worn in the pictures above by Ape’s editor Chris Beastall.
Classic Soft Square Optical Frame Glasses
With thick Black, Dark Havana or Vintage Havana rectangular design, the Classic Soft Square Optical Frame FT5178 are constructed with acetate and the Tom Ford signature metal ’T’ temple decoration. The Tom Ford FT5178 is perhaps one of the most iconic pairs of Tom Ford glasses – seen in a variety of adverts for the brand.
Cecilio Blue Block Optical Glasses
The FT0628-O Cecilio Blue Block Optical glasses are little out there design wise, but stylish nonetheless. The shining ’T’ insets brand the temples of these bold, angular optical glasses with a sleek, flat topline. Available in shiny black acetate only with clear lenses with a blue coating to reduce the risks related to blue light exposure.
Tom N.13 Glasses
The FT5499-P N.13 glasses are available in Green Horn or Dark Brown. And feature a soft-square shape with signature ’T’ detailing at the temple. The shiny striped real Green Horn frame with gold ’T’ logo features light brown lenses. Whereas the the Dark Brown version features a light blue lens.