Doesn’t matter if you’re loyal to Ray Ban or a fan of designer shades; protect your peepers with stylish sunnies from these top sunglasses stores
Living in sunny Singapore can only mean one thing: the weather’s always warm and a pair of sunglasses is the one accessory a girl (and guy) can’t do without. From timeless aviators and wayfarers to the classic cat eye, oversized sunnies, and even vintage shades, here’s where to shop online and in stores for your next statement pair.
For the last five years we have been stocking up on these sunglasses with every trip to Bali (they are stocked at Kiosk in Seminyak), and now there is no need. Our favourite Australian designer eyewear brand is finally stocked in Singapore. *Yippeee* we hear you cry (or was that just me?)… Look out at Club 21 and Tanjong Beach Club, or nab a pair online – this range is not only super stylish, fun and playful but they are super comfy and at a great price point too. Winning!
Pared Eyewear, available online and in-store at Club 21 and Tanjong Beach Club
Your sunnies collection isn’t completed without a pair of Ray Bans. With the brand’s first flagship store in Singapore, you can now browse and try on over 500 pairs of eyewear (not that you’ll do all 500). Feast your eyes on an assortment of sunglasses, optical and junior, as well as Ray-Ban’s truly authentic prescription lenses – right down to the stamp. Of course, the stars of the stores are its four iconic sunglasses – the Aviator, Wayfarer, Round and Clubmaster – and with its reinventions, and you might fall in love with a pair.
Ray-Ban, #01-25, Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road, Singapore 238839
If you’re looking for shades with high-performance colour lenses that add a touch of fun this summer – your search ends here. With a stellar range of over 300 designs from their latest Always Fresh collection, it’s easy to be smitten by these stylish sunnies. All of Zoff’s sunglasses are equipped with lenses that provide 99.9% UV protection and a water resistant coating to keep them squeaky clean. You can also get your prescription sunglasses right here.
Zoff, #B1-02/04 Orchard Central 181 Orchard Road Singapore 238896, #01-305 Suntec City Mall, West Wing, 3 Temasek Boulevard Singapore 038983, Lumine #02-20 Clarke Quay Central 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, Singapore 059817
It’s easy to see why Paris Miki is one of our go-to stores for designer sunglasses. Not only is its massive store a beauty to look at, the Japanese eyewear retailer also carries a plethora of high fashion brands hot off the runway – from Fendi to Marc Jacobs, and everything in between. If you’re looking for something sporty and functional, check out its collection of Plutonite-lensed Oakley sunnies.
Paris Miki, available at multiple locations including Takashimaya and VivoCity
The Eye Place
Hey, hipsters need some shades too! For an under-the-radar yet fashionable selection of eyewear, The Eye Place has got you sorted. Run by really passionate optometrists, each pair of sunglasses (including spectacles) here is specially sourced and handpicked from all over the world. Expect brands such as California-based Garrett Leight and Oliver Peoples, as well as German label Mykita and Danish label Lindberg.
The Eye Place, 223 South Bridge Road, Singapore 058772
Rock a pair of designer shades – a la Anna Wintour – from The Optic Butler. The premium eyewear store prides itself for carrying top quality eyewear from the most renowned brands in the world like Victoria Beckham (all hail Posh Spice), Gucci, Prada, Tom Ford, Burberry, Kenzo and more. Prefer shopping a couple of pairs from home? Its online store has fantastic sales and delivers to anywhere in Singapore for free – sweet!
Optic Butler, B2M-216, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956
With a name like that, Sunglass Hut is a no-brainer. With 17 outlets in Singapore and thousands more worldwide, the big brother of sunglasses is home to a dizzying array of designer shades from the likes of Prada, Burberry, Polo Ralph Lauren, Ray Ban, and Tory Burch. On the hunt for a bargain? Hit up the Sunglass Hut Outlet in IMM for attractive deals all-year round on past-season collections.
Sunglass Hut, available at multiple locations
Korean cult eyewear brand, Gentle Monster, is beyond your average optical stores for prescription spectacles and stylish, designer sunglasses. A hot favourite amongst celebrities such as model BFFs, Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner, it offers eye-popping sunnies in various styles and tinted glasses, including an eyewear collection collaboration with actress Tilda Swinton. Oh, and did we mention that Gentle Monster’s Instagrammable interior is jam-packed with cool art installations?
Gentle Monster, #01-13, ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, ION Orchard, Singapore 238801
It’d be impossible to not have heard about Owndays. Since its opening, the Japanese eyewear boutique has given major opticians a major run for their money with its affordable, stylish frames which are often ready within 20 minutes – whether it’s a prescribed pair of sunglasses or spectacles. Prices indicated on the frames are inclusive of High Index Aspheric lenses (with UV protection and soil-resistant coating) – yup, it’s a pretty good steal for their affordable costs.
Owndays, available at various locations including Raffles City and 313 Somerset
Living in sunny Singapore requires more than just sunscreen; a good pair of sunglasses goes a long way in protecting your eyes. Take your pick from Bolon’s unique, light-weight sunnies; they range from the simple to the avant-garde. Its contemporary sunglasses are made via advanced crafted techniques and quality materials to ensure comfort and full sun protection.
Bolon Eyewear, #03-11, Wisma Atria, 435 Orchard Road, Singapore 238877, p. 6734 8170
Make no mistake: Supershades certainly isn’t your average eyewear store. A semi-industrial space located in the basement of Marina Square, the store specialises in street-inspired eyewear – carrying a range of urban and sporty designs from brands such as Quay, Defy Empire, Spy Optic, and 9five. This is one place the lads shouldn’t miss: Supershades also carries men’s apparel, accessories, and hair pomades for the ultimate shopping experience.
Supershades.sg, #04-21D, IMM Outlet Mall, 2 Jurong East St 21, Singapore 609601
Previously located in Haji Lane, the cool kids of sunnies have moved to bigger, fancier digs at Orchardgateway – bringing us a larger range of sunglasses from cult labels like For Art’s Sake, Karen Walker, House of Holland, Le Specs, Celine, and Ksubi. But dh.sunglass is no one-trick pony; eyewear aside, it also houses a selection of watches, hats, and apparel from the likes of Daniel Wellington, Komono, and more.
dh. sunglass, #02-04, Orchardgateway, 277 Orchard Road, Singapore 238858, p. 6702 6533
New China Opticians
Founded in 1927 and helmed by the affable Uncle Tony, New China Opticians is a treasure trove for bargain hunters seeking one-of-a-kind finds. Despite its unassuming façade, the store is best known for its stock of vintage Ferragamo, Cartier, Versace eyewear at pocket-friendly prices. Not a fan of pre-loved goods? New China Optics also carries its own vintage-style designs under the Tony Hardy brand.
New China Opticians, #B1-12A Peninsula Excelsior Shopping Centre, 3 Coleman Street, Singapore 179804, p. 63378441
Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, Quay is a firm Honeycombers fave that has won us over with its notoriously cool and quirky shades. Here, only cool kids need apply – think statement sunnies with outré designs and mirrored lenses in day-glo hues. The kicker? Prices are pretty affordable, with nothing over AUD$60.
Quay Eyewear, available online
Instagram addicts, this one’s for you. If you’ve ever wanted to see the world through rose-tinted lenses, now you can. Tens – an ingenious project, which first debuted on Indiegogo – offers a line of sunglasses with a special sense-heightening tint that mimics your favourite Hunter, Bailey, or Fairline photo filter. Forget about #nofilter: with Tens, it’s Instagram come to life.
Tens, available online
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Top10shades.sg, available online with free shipping to Singapore