Contemporary propositions for designer men’s sunglasses emphasize quality materials and sophisticated styles across a range of silhouettes and sizes. Rising to prominence in the postwar era as a symbol of modernity and sophistication, contemporary sunglasses inherit the mythological pedigree of the accessory while pushing the envelope with regard to expectation and contextual usage. The clean Californian style of select brands channel a mid-century popularized, now timeless American style with understated intelligence and glamour. Tortoiseshell and colored acetate detailing define many pieces in this look, with instantly recognizable square, round, and aviator offerings reflecting a venerable heritage that goes hand-in-hand with the birth of cool. Tilting towards the avant-garde, other designers concentrate on evoking a futuristic minimalism in the pairing of metals with colored tinted lenses, reifying form in a perfect distillation of functional essence. 100% UV protection lenses are universal, ensuring utilitarian function presents hand in hand with aesthetic merit.