There are few things that will carry you through the rest of the summer like a stunning pair of sunglasses. From rooftop to poolside, the right frames and lenses can take you anywhere. But there are more to these standout styles than just a pretty face—each of them has a name that tells a story. From pesky little brothers to a cavalcade of former presidents, the inspiration behind each moniker goes to prove that when it comes to sunglasses, a frame’s not a frame’s not a frame. Read on to discover the backstory behind some of the XO Exclusively Ours styles that can only be found at a Barneys near you.
“All of our frames involve very specific technical feats. Therefore, we dedicate them to the engineers and craftsmen in Japan that help us bring the product to life,” District Vision founders Max Vallot and Tom Daly tell us. “Keiichi is the name of the owner of our factory in Fukui, and his family has made eyewear for several generations. We run the marathon together in Hawaii every year to test the latest frame technology.”
Barton Perriera co-founder Patty Perreira says, “Luxon is a word that means the physical form of magic, which is perfect for describing how these Japanese acetate sunglasses quickly folds to half their original size.”
In collaboration with the Peck Estate, this Oliver Peoples design was inspired by the signature style worn by its namesake in the film version of To Kill A Mockingbird. The retro-inspired design includes an exaggerated keyhole bridge and horizontal plaques on both the frame front and temples and was designed in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the release of the novel written by Harper Lee in 1960.
Now the FIFTH generation to of the family-run business, Zack Moscot tells us, “Lemtosh was a slang word created by my family many years ago. It’s an informal term of endearment my grandfather used to use when he was picking on his younger brother in the shop, my Uncle Danny. What can I say? Brothers always pick on one another.”
“All of our frame names are derived from the street names of the city where both my brand and I were born and grew up, the city that I love, and the city that continues to inspire me: Venice, California,” Garrett Leight tells us of the stand-out frames he designs. “There’s an area in Venice that I call “Presidents’ Corner,” the intersection of Washington Blvd and Grant, which also intersects with Van Buren, Harrison, and Harding. We like to pick these names for some of our coolest sunglass frames—the contrast is always fun to envision. Imagining Ulysses S. Grant in these sunglasses brings a smile to my face.”