I was halfway between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur when I discovered my new favourite sunglasses. I was cruising across the Indian Ocean on a billion-dollar cruise ship with a bunch of different bloggers and journalists. One of them was James Want from The Versatile Gent, who also happens to have his own sunglass brand OBLYK. With samples of his entire range on the ship with us, I was in sunglass heaven. I tried on a pineapple matte yellow pair with a shit hot faded green lens and basically haven’t taken them off since. This particular pair wasn’t polarised, which made them the perfect sunnies for the overcast days we were experiencing while in Asia.
Created with Italian-born tailor Massimo Guglielmi, OBLYK is the result of a meeting originally planned between James and Massimo to discuss Massimo’s tailoring business. With family ties to Northern Italy and a sample pair on hand from a recent trip home, they discussed the opportunity to provide beautiful handcrafted Italian-made products without the price tag consumers had become so accustomed to in the past.
That’s what I love about OBLYK sunglasses. The entire range is priced between $AUD159-$AUD179, which is why the Miro Ghosts (a cool transparent frame with a black and purple polarised lens) are next on my list. The frames are also super light; making them some of the most comfortable sunglasses I’ve ever worn. That’s the difference you get when you use premium Italian-made acetate with lens and hinges sourced from Italy’s best manufacturers.
OBLYK’S first collection features two universally flattering styles, the flatter Miro and rounder Abeo (featured in this shoot). Both styles are available in two different sizes, with a range of different options like polished and matte frames, and polarised and non-polarised lenses to choose from. View the collection here.
Photography by James Want from The Versatile Gent. Shot on location at The Fullerton Hotel in Singapore.
OBLYK ‘Obeo Pineapple’ sunglasses (in the smaller size 46 – they also come in size 48 which is slightly bigger), Watson X Watson string bikini, Tiffany & Co ‘Alphabet Disc Charm Pendant’ and Pink Loulou ‘Map of Australia’ charm necklace.