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Sunglasses So Good You'll Actually Keep Track of Them

An alternative to the Ray-Ban Wayfarers everyone you know already owns.

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Han Kjøbenhavn Timeless Amber Sunglasses
Han Kjøbenhavn Timeless Amber Sunglasses ($180)

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I went to J.Crew a dozen times over the course of a couple months in 2012. Not because my college student discount was about to evaporate (although that is true), or to attend weekly prayer sessions in the basement to the #menswear gods when J.Crew was at the peak of its powers. No, it was to stare into a small glass case holding these Han Kjøbenhavn Timeless Amber Sunglasses ($180) and break down the idea of spending almost $200 on sunglasses on a fresh-out-of-college budget.

Making a big-ass purchase like this is the kind of thing you have to work up to. It starts with a museum mentality: look but don’t touch, and peer at the price tag more out of curiosity than actual consideration. Start talking yourself into it: These are “timeless” (it’s literally in the name!), so I’ll have them forever; they’re sunglasses, so I can wear them all the time and with everything. I need a pair of sunglasses! I was tricking my brain into believing this was a reasonable thing for a person to do.

And I wasn’t wrong. Five years later, I still have, wear, and love these sunglasses. The circular shape’s just different enough from the ubiquitous Ray-Ban Wayfarers, and the tortoiseshell pattern makes me feel like an old Hollywood leading man. They’re the type of sunglasses that make you hate a cloudy day — a wasted opportunity. They make this indoorsman look forward to summer and pull reasons to go to the park out of thin air.

Shop It Here Han Kjøbenhavn Timeless Amber Sunglasses, $180