Designer sunglasses

Designer sunglasses look nice, no arguments there. However, why do designers insist on using low quality lenses. I had a pair of Gucci sunglasses that were no better than a pair of children’s Mickey Mouse sunglasses. Am I on drugs? Did I get punched in the head by a boxer? No, that’s right, I’m just wearing my Gucci sunglasses and the world is that distorted through them.

I’ve had better luck with Prada and Armani but still these things don’t block glare. Why can’t form and function co-exist? Are these companies so dirty that that can’t spend the extra few dollars on polarization, anti-reflection, etc.? These sunglasses are not cheap so I really can’t see why they can’t make a product with better optics.

I recently found a pair of Serengeti glasses that boast all sorts of “technology.” It was hard to find a non-ugly pair in there lineup. I settled on the Padova which was the least ugly in my opinion.

Overall, I’m much happier with these lenses than with the other designer glasses. However, I’m skeptical of the anti-reflective coating. When in bright light, I can see the reflection of my eye in the bluish tinted coating. Perhaps the reflection/glare would be worse without it, but it seems like it is created by the coating. When driving, bright light doesn’t reach my face at this angle so it’s not a problem. It’s only a problem when walking around with the sun high in the sky.




  • jenn Nov 4, 2005, 4:58 pm

    i agree.. i have about a dozen pair of designer sunglasses and they’re almost all useless. the ones i use the most are the native polarized wrap around sunglasses i bought for hiking. ugly, but they are awesome!!