There’s something undeniably cool as fuck about round sunnies with leather side shields. Whether it’s because they hark back to WWII fighter pilots, or look like they belong on a mountaineer conquering new frontiers, or a particularly badass extra from the set of Mad Max: Fury Road, the unique style of this particular design has never gone out of fashion, though isn’t commonly rocked by the masses.
Here to change that is the Vermont Classic from French eyewear design stalwart Julbo. Having been around for 125 years, the company have devoted their time to improving outdoor wear and adventure in general, creating some of the most iconic sunglasses, ski goggles and helmets known to extreme sports stars and athletes for generations, and loved by mountaineers since their inception in 1888.
With round Spectron polycarbonate lenses and vented leather side shields and nose panels, the range is comfortable and instantly recognizable, with modern colours like reflective red, blue and bronze, offset against black, white and cognac leather to update the look for 2017 while maintaining the heritage of the ubiquitous brand. The bendy hooks of the arms keep the shades on your face no matter what shenanigans you encounter mid-way to base camp.