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From sassy swimsuits to chic sandals, there is one more accessory that no beach trip or poolside lounging sesh can be without: sunglasses. Given that LA is charmed with forever-sunny weather, cool shades are a year-round essential. Although their peeper-protecting powers are a key feature, it's the pair's instant outfit-boosting abilities that really sell it for Angelenos.

To help you nab the perfect pair (or pairs, you can never have too many) of sunnies for this season and beyond, we've mapped out 17 essential eyewear havens for you to explore. From Oliver Peoples's celeb-favored frames to l.a. Eyeworks legendary styles to Cateye Spectacles's retro stunners, there are stylish frames to be found all over town.


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1. Gogosha Optique

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3208 1/2 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 660-1122
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Eyewear guru Julia Gogosha is seriously committed to sourcing the newest and most unique glasses out there. From limited editions to collaborations and one-of-a-kinds from brands like Cutler and Gross, Salt. and RVS, the frames at times approach work-of-art status.

2. Dan Deutsch Optical Outlook

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8358 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 658-6181
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From Chanel to Celine to Versace, this is your place for top-tier designer frames. A favorite among LA's top artisans, Dan Deutsch operates eight locations in LA. We're frequent visitors of the West 3rd St store.

3. l.a. Eyeworks

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7407 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 653-8255
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Three reasons l.a. Eyeworks is awesome: They have L.A. in the name, bangin' sales on a truly eclectic mix of glasses, and finally, Simpsons creator Matt Groening draws their ads.

4. Oliver Peoples

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8642 West Sunset Boulevard, Sunset Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90029
What do Zooey Deschanel, Kristen Stewart, Robert Downey Jr. and Rooney Mara all have in common? Besides being screen-stealing brunettes, they're all high-flying fans of Oliver Peoples. Co-founded in 1987 by native Angeleno Larry Leight, the iconic eyewear house is known for producing classically cool specs that transcend trends.

5. Garrett Leight California Optical

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165 South La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(310) 392-2100
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Following in the footsteps of his parents (founders of Oliver Peoples!), Garrett Leight carried on his family's eyewear legacy with his own shop which stocks a variety of too-cool, logo-free shades that you'll want to wear season after season.

6. Ilori

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220 Americana Way
Glendale, CA 91210
(818) 244-5647
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The designer label specs stocked at this luxe boutique include Gucci, Sama, Dolce & Gabbana, Tom Ford, BVLGARI, Oakley, Ray-Ban and others.

7. Cateye Spectacles

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708 N Heliotrope Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 664-3939
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If you're on the hunt for vintage specs, this retro haven will satisfy all your needs. Cateye's lineup includes stunners by Christian Dior, Nina Ricci, Persol, Gucci and Ray-Ban. In addition to stocking one-of-a-kind pieces, the shop also has entire lines that are decades-old but still in immaculate condition alongside some new styles from Dita, Andy Wolf Eyewear and Victory Optical.

8. Dita Legends

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7623 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Sleek and futuristic, this store carries Dita's full range of oversize, glam frames as well as vintage options from labels like Carrera.

9. Old Focals

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45 W Green St
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 793-7073
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Founder Russ Campbell got his start in costuming, sourcing vintage specs and sunnies for the film and television industries. Now, he's got one of the biggest collections of old-stock eyewear in the city. Don Draper's Randolph Engineering aviators? They came from here.

10. Dr. York Optical

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8302 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 857-6797
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This quaint optical gem boasts frames from cult-favorites labels like Persol, Christian Dior, Ray-Ban and Andy Wolf Eyewear.

11. Selima et Benjamin

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225 26th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 260-0160
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This white-on-white shop is a collaboration between East Coast retailer Selima Salaun and Cali eyewear designer Benjamin Montoya. You'll find both their lines here, plus new and vintage looks from labels like Stella McCartney and Marc Jacobs.

12. Solstice Sunglass Boutique

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395 Santa Monica Place
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(424) 238-0322
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Yes, it's a chain, but we've always been pleased with the selection and the service at Solstice. They have all the new styles from all the in-demand brands: Ray-Ban, Persol, Gucci, Oakley and more.

13. Society of the Spectacle

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4563 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90041
(323) 255-4300
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Sisters and frame obsessives Amy and Katie O’Connell have been serving the Eagle Rock population since 2007, offering retro-ish designs from cool brands both well and lesser known. On the shelves are styles by Garrett Leight, Francis Klein, Fiction, Dita and Salt., among others.

14. Gentlemen's Breakfast Vintage Eyewear

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1101 Mohawk Street
Los Angeles, CA 90026
As the name states, this boutique specializes in men's vintage eyewear—specifically, from the 1920s through the 1980s. Owner Van de la Plante travels the world in search of pristine frames from years past. He sells his finds alongside other old school men's accessories; to complete the men's club vibe, scotch is on offer.

15. Hotel De Ville Vintage Eyewear

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4646 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 664-1462
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There are three locations of this vintage-focused boutique, and the merchandise at each is tailored to its respective neighborhood (Los Feliz, Beverly Blvd, Mississippi Ave on the Westside). Aside from a retro-feeling house line, they have shelves full of new styles, European imports and deadstock options.

16. RetroSpecs

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363 N Robertson Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90048
(310) 657-4217
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RetroSpecs specializes in one-of-a-kind eyewear, much of it hand-crafted. They're also restoration specialists, and run every antique frame that they find through an intensive cleaning and polishing process.

17. Eyetailor

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4310 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 664-2020
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Owner Sung Kim, an l.a. Eyeworks vet, has developed a following for his craftsmanship in fitting frames. His stock includes his own line as well as options from Paul Smith, Salt. and Bevel.

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1. Gogosha Optique

3208 1/2 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Eyewear guru Julia Gogosha is seriously committed to sourcing the newest and most unique glasses out there. From limited editions to collaborations and one-of-a-kinds from brands like Cutler and Gross, Salt. and RVS, the frames at times approach work-of-art status.
3208 1/2 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

2. Dan Deutsch Optical Outlook

8358 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048
From Chanel to Celine to Versace, this is your place for top-tier designer frames. A favorite among LA's top artisans, Dan Deutsch operates eight locations in LA. We're frequent visitors of the West 3rd St store.
8358 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048

3. l.a. Eyeworks

7407 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Three reasons l.a. Eyeworks is awesome: They have L.A. in the name, bangin' sales on a truly eclectic mix of glasses, and finally, Simpsons creator Matt Groening draws their ads.
7407 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046

4. Oliver Peoples

8642 West Sunset Boulevard, Sunset Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90029
What do Zooey Deschanel, Kristen Stewart, Robert Downey Jr. and Rooney Mara all have in common? Besides being screen-stealing brunettes, they're all high-flying fans of Oliver Peoples. Co-founded in 1987 by native Angeleno Larry Leight, the iconic eyewear house is known for producing classically cool specs that transcend trends.
8642 West Sunset Boulevard, Sunset Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90029

5. Garrett Leight California Optical

165 South La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Following in the footsteps of his parents (founders of Oliver Peoples!), Garrett Leight carried on his family's eyewear legacy with his own shop which stocks a variety of too-cool, logo-free shades that you'll want to wear season after season.
165 South La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036

6. Ilori

220 Americana Way, Glendale, CA 91210
The designer label specs stocked at this luxe boutique include Gucci, Sama, Dolce & Gabbana, Tom Ford, BVLGARI, Oakley, Ray-Ban and others.
220 Americana Way
Glendale, CA 91210

7. Cateye Spectacles

708 N Heliotrope Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90029
If you're on the hunt for vintage specs, this retro haven will satisfy all your needs. Cateye's lineup includes stunners by Christian Dior, Nina Ricci, Persol, Gucci and Ray-Ban. In addition to stocking one-of-a-kind pieces, the shop also has entire lines that are decades-old but still in immaculate condition alongside some new styles from Dita, Andy Wolf Eyewear and Victory Optical.
708 N Heliotrope Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90029

8. Dita Legends

7623 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Sleek and futuristic, this store carries Dita's full range of oversize, glam frames as well as vintage options from labels like Carrera.
7623 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046

9. Old Focals

45 W Green St, Pasadena, CA 91105
Founder Russ Campbell got his start in costuming, sourcing vintage specs and sunnies for the film and television industries. Now, he's got one of the biggest collections of old-stock eyewear in the city. Don Draper's Randolph Engineering aviators? They came from here.
45 W Green St
Pasadena, CA 91105

10. Dr. York Optical

8302 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048
This quaint optical gem boasts frames from cult-favorites labels like Persol, Christian Dior, Ray-Ban and Andy Wolf Eyewear.
8302 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048

11. Selima et Benjamin

225 26th St., Los Angeles, CA 90049
This white-on-white shop is a collaboration between East Coast retailer Selima Salaun and Cali eyewear designer Benjamin Montoya. You'll find both their lines here, plus new and vintage looks from labels like Stella McCartney and Marc Jacobs.
225 26th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90049

12. Solstice Sunglass Boutique

395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Yes, it's a chain, but we've always been pleased with the selection and the service at Solstice. They have all the new styles from all the in-demand brands: Ray-Ban, Persol, Gucci, Oakley and more.
395 Santa Monica Place
Santa Monica, CA 90401

13. Society of the Spectacle

4563 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041
Sisters and frame obsessives Amy and Katie O’Connell have been serving the Eagle Rock population since 2007, offering retro-ish designs from cool brands both well and lesser known. On the shelves are styles by Garrett Leight, Francis Klein, Fiction, Dita and Salt., among others.
4563 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90041

14. Gentlemen's Breakfast Vintage Eyewear

1101 Mohawk Street, Los Angeles, CA 90026
As the name states, this boutique specializes in men's vintage eyewear—specifically, from the 1920s through the 1980s. Owner Van de la Plante travels the world in search of pristine frames from years past. He sells his finds alongside other old school men's accessories; to complete the men's club vibe, scotch is on offer.
1101 Mohawk Street
Los Angeles, CA 90026

15. Hotel De Ville Vintage Eyewear

4646 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90027
There are three locations of this vintage-focused boutique, and the merchandise at each is tailored to its respective neighborhood (Los Feliz, Beverly Blvd, Mississippi Ave on the Westside). Aside from a retro-feeling house line, they have shelves full of new styles, European imports and deadstock options.
4646 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90027

16. RetroSpecs

363 N Robertson Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90048
RetroSpecs specializes in one-of-a-kind eyewear, much of it hand-crafted. They're also restoration specialists, and run every antique frame that they find through an intensive cleaning and polishing process.
363 N Robertson Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90048

17. Eyetailor

4310 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029
Owner Sung Kim, an l.a. Eyeworks vet, has developed a following for his craftsmanship in fitting frames. His stock includes his own line as well as options from Paul Smith, Salt. and Bevel.
4310 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90029