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This Island Life | Pared Eyewear

This Island Life | Pared Eyewear

After designing Ksubi shades for five years, eyewear designer Samantha Stevensen has gone out on her own with her new label Pared. Stevensen’s first collection is one of the strongest sunglass collections I’ve seen in a while. It’s pretty rare that I want every style from one brand, but after trying a heap of Pared sunnies on for this shoot, I had to narrow it down. The philosophy behind the label is that everything works better in a pair, so I bought myself Salt and Pepper in black with the gold mirror lenses and Bread and Butter in dark tort.

What I love most about these sunnies is that they’re not just for show. Yeah they look hot, but the handmade acetate is also incredibly light and sturdy. The lenses are scratch and shatter proof and make the world look even more amazing than it is. Plus, most of the collection is unisex and they’re all only $220 a pop.

What do you think of Pared? What shades do you have on high rotation?

Photographer: Mike Flynn.

Models: Myself and the gorgeous Blair Rachael.

Location: The beautiful rooftop pool at Vibe Hotel Sydney (CBD).

Threads: Sunglasses by Paredblue print bikini and paisley print bikini by Anna & Boy, floral print bikini by Insightand leopard print bikini by Corali.

This Island Life | Pared Eyewear

This Island Life | Pared Eyewear

This Island Life | Pared Eyewear

This Island Life | Pared Eyewear

This Island Life | Pared Eyewear

This Island Life | Pared Eyewear

This Island Life | Pared Eyewear

A big thanks to Vibe Hotel Sydney (CBD) for the delicious breakfast catering.

This Island Life | Vibe Hotel

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As the founder of THIS ISLAND LIFE, Laura is an expert on all things summer. When she's not at home in Sydney, she's chasing the warm-weather to exotic destinations across the globe.

2 Comments

  • July 15, 2013

    Nikki Parkinson-Hubbard

    Love me a new addition to my sunglasses wardrobe, Laura. Will be checking these out!

  • July 15, 2013

    Carly Jacobs

    They’re awesome! I’m a sunnies whore.