Do you have a separate budget for sunglasses and how important do you think sunglasses are in your wardrobe?
The way I see it, if you tend to stick with one pair for the rest of the year, I think it’s alright to invest in something a bit pricey. However, if you like to change your sunglasses every other day or style it according to your look that day it’s better to buy something that falls somewhere at your affordable budget. I think most of the designer’s collection cost somewhere around $200-$400 or even way more nowadays. With that price tag, for me already put quite a dent on my shopping budget, I would save buying sunglasses on my yearly or bi-yearly agenda only.
Imagine the shock when I found out that the market for eyewear is creating something for the hyperluxury market that includes very expensive materials such as gold, snakeskin and even diamonds! The most expensive pair comes with a price tag that rival Hermes Birkin at $92,000.
So how much are these hyperluxury eyewear cost and how do they look like? Let’s start with, supposedly, the cheapest pair.
The Boucheron’s Peacock Feather collection comes as the most affordable one within this range with prices range from $500 to $850. It has a buffalo horn and gold-plated arms that are carved with feather motif, and the best part of all, it comes with micro brilliant diamonds.
Whereas Gucci comes with a special edition of their 1921 sunglasses to celebrate their 90th anniversary. The pair are made with leather covering the frame that bears an 18-karat gold plaque with “G. Gucci Firenze 1921″ inscribed in it. The price tag on this pair is $1,350.
This pair of Giorgio Armani is also priced at $1,350 but it ain’t your regular aviator sunglasses. With horn details and 22-karat gold plating, it surely stands in a class of its own.
Other hyperluxury sunglasses that will be launched by this fall includes Maison Bonnet – known for the eyewear that they design for the likes of Yves Saint Laurent, Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy – that will be handmade when ordered, so it will take you around four months of wait before you can finally get your hands on them. The sunglasses is made with their limited stock of tortoiseshell from the Seventies and the price starts from $4,300 a pair.
The most talked about pair would be Bulgari with their Le Gemme collection available for both men and women. They have the so called ‘upper line’ for this collection, which is kind of redundant because this jeweler is already in that position, called Le Gemme Rare, that will feature ten one of a kind sunglasses. Adorned with diamonds, sapphires, emeralds and rubies set in 18-karat gold – it’s no wonder that the price tag come at a whooping $44,000 to $92,000.
So, back to the initial question. How much are you willing to pay for a pair of sunglasses?