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Cutler and Gross opens a sleek new eyewear shop on Queen West

(Image: George Pimentel)

(Image: George Pimentel)

Fans of British eyewear expert Cutler and Gross have a new Toronto flagship to frequent. (Sadly, the brand had to relocate from its previous Yorkville space after its building caught fire in January.) The new shop, at 754 Queen West near Bellwoods Avenue, perfectly complements the label’s unique brand of understated cool. The space is all about subtle contrasts: clean white countertops, black mirrored floor and endless rows of impossibly chic, handcrafted glasses. They come in every style imaginable, from hot-pink cat-eye frames to delicate tortoiseshell spectacles. Our favourites, though, are these thick-rimmed, circular shades, which have a great retro-glam look. Unfortunately, these sunnies don’t come cheap: the least expensive pairs are priced around $400.

Cutler and Gross, 758 Queen St. W., 416-966- 5149, cutlerandgross.com

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The Find: Philip Sparks’ new line of perfectly retro sunglasses

(Image: Philip Sparks)

(Image: Philip Sparks)

The arrival of spring stock in stores usually signals warm weather to come (even if, this year, it feels like winter won’t ever relinquish its hold). One of 2014’s best new offerings comes courtesy of Toronto designer Philip Sparks, who recently unveiled his first optical collection in collaboration with Jordan Paul from Junction eyewear shop Optianado. Made-in-Toronto pedigree aside, the unisex glasses have a great vintage look. The rounded lenses and keyhole bridges are nearly universally flattering, and both the lenses and acetate frames come in five different colours. Our favourite? A soft yellow that helps us remember that sunny days are ahead. $295.

Philips Sparks Tailored Goods, 162 Ossington Ave., 647-348-1827, philipsparks.com

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ClearlyContacts.ca opens a brick-and-mortar store on Queen West

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(Images: Jessica Flower)

After launching two hugely successful stores in Vancouver earlier this year, the country’s largest online eyewear retailer has opened its first Toronto shop. Clearly Contacts’ new Queen West space features an on-site optometrist, brand name frames (including Dior, Balenciaga and Ray-Ban), in-house lines like Derek Cardigan, and prescription swimming goggles and sport glasses. While the store’s 700 frame styles represent a fraction of the 30,000-plus options available online, the shop does offer one very tangible benefit: the chance to test your frames in person instead of relying on the site’s webcam try-on tool.

317 Queen St. W., 416-205-9161, clearlycontacts.ca

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The List: 10 things Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden can’t live without

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1 | My Oakley shades
I have dozens of pairs. I know it’s excessive, but I need a different pair for everything I do—mountain biking, hiking, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, kayaking. In London, I’ll probably wear my Radarlocks. The lenses clip in and out, so I can quickly change my tint for sun or cloud.

Adam van Koeverden2 | My Turbo paddle
My oars are custom designed and handcrafted in Smiths Falls, Ontario, by Peter Patasi, a kayaker who represented Canada at the Montreal Olympics in 1976. He makes them with carbon graphite—the same material that’s used in Space Shuttles and Formula One race cars.

3 | My guitarlele
I like playing guitar, but I can’t justify lugging one around when I’m travelling. I got this six-string ukulele hybrid last year in Germany. It relaxes me, even though I’m not very good at it.

Adam van Koeverden4 | My trophy
The Bert Oldershaw trophy, named for one of my mentors, is presented to the winner of the K-1 1,000-metre Canadian kayak championship every year. After my 10th win, they made a replica of the real trophy and gave it to me for keeps.

5 | My favourite author
When Kurt Vonnegut died in 2007, I felt like I’d lost an uncle. If I ever get a tattoo, it’ll be my favourite quote from his essay collection A Man Without a Country: “If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.”

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The Find: a pair of Gatsby-esque sunglasses with just the right number of Swarovski crystals

It happens every year. Mid-August hits, and we realize there are only a few precious weeks of summer left. Cue a mad whirl of patio drinking, Sunday trips to the Island, leisurely bike rides and picnicking in Trinity Bellwoods. For all that sunshine-y goodness, it’s important to strike just the right note of sophisticated insouciance, which is why we like these Art Deco–inspired sunglasses designed by Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz (who is, of course, known for his signature spectacles). They’re painstakingly handmade in Italy by De Rigo, surprisingly flattering and have to be the coolest—and sparkliest—iteration we’ve seen of this year’s round sunglasses trend. $498.

Spectacle, 752 Queen St. W., 416-603-0123, spectaclelovesyou.com

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TIFF PHOTO GALLERY: Robert De Niro, Clive Owen and Jason Statham at the Killer Elite red carpet

Compared to Friday night’s Brangelina-induced hysteria, yesterday afternoon’s red carpet presentation of Killer Elite was relatively subdued—especially considering the trifecta of badasses in attendance. Old-school badass Robert De Niro has clearly done this way too many times: he couldn’t muster the kind of enthusiasm that other red carpet stars like Brad Pitt or George Clooney still manage to put out there. He was quiet and courteous—but nothing more. Jason Statham, on the other hand, was all winning smiles and brash cockney banter, although he refused to take off his sunglasses (but we still managed to catch him without them). Clive Owen looked rather Bond-ish (yes, we know, he hasn’t played that role—yet). He was followed by the lady of the hour, statuesque Yvonne Strahovski, who appeared to relish being the only female in a sea of manly men.

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TIFF PHOTO GALLERY: Bono and The Edge walk the red carpet at Roy Thomson Hall for Davis Guggenheim’s From the Sky Down

Bono, David Guggenheim and The Edge pose for pictures.

Bono and the Edge sandwich From the Sky Down director Davis Guggenheim (Image: Lia Grainger)

This is the first year that TIFF has kicked off the festival with a documentary (or, apparently, a rockumentary, to use the irritating neologism). Fans pressed themselves against the barricaded red carpet at Roy Thomson Hall, eagerly awaiting the arrival of U2, the subject of director Davis Guggenheim’s pic, and they weren’t disappointed.

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Best of the City 2011: Toronto’s best clothing—from basics to bespoke

Best of the City: Fashion

(Image: Maja Hajduk)

Plain white T Bargain Bespoke suit Custom shirt Espadrille Raw denim Summer loafer Sun hat Sunglasses

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The Find: Henry Holland and Linda Farrow sunglasses that are as bright as the sun

Henry Holland is known for dressing London’s Geldolf girls and model-friend Agyness Deyn, and season after season he’s attracted trendy girls worldwide seeking the London look (when Rimmel isn’t enough) with an assortment of vibrant garments and playful street-inspired accessories. So when we saw a pair of sunglasses he made in collaboration with Linda Farrow —who gained notoriety for her Mickeys collaboration with Jeremy Scott—at Ruins on Queen Street West, we inwardly drummed up hackneyed green-with-envy comments, and then almost immediately decided we had to have them. The green Plexiglas sunglasses, featuring lenses that unite with the frame in one piece, look like a 2-D version of a classic ’80s shape (they’re also not another pair of Ray-Bans, which is part of their appeal). Since it’s spring, and summer isn’t far behind, we think it’s about time we coloured our world. $225.

Ruins, 960 Queen St. W., 647-351-0960, ruinstoronto.com.

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