Drawing inspiration from Ralph Lauren’s beloved collection of vintage cars, the Ralph Lauren Automotive Eyewear Collection imbues modern sunglasses with design elements reminiscent of classic automobiles. Guided by the belief that fashion is fleeting but style is forever, Lauren’s new summer collection uses three distinct design elements to link the sunglasses to the automotive world: lightweight aluminum, similar to the type used on classic racecars; vintage screws, comparable to those used in vintage-car bodies; and perforated leather, like the kind used for driving gloves and car seats.
The centerpiece of the collection is the RL Aluminum Driving Glass (Model RL 7049Q), a sophisticated take on traditional aviators. The unisex shades—with frames available in matte silver, dark gray, and dark green—are fashioned from a single piece of aluminum. Perforated leather temple tips and the signature Ralph Lauren logo complete the look. The line features three types of sunglasses and two different optical glasses. The glasses—ranging from $179 to $219—are now available online and in Ralph Lauren stores. (ralphlauren.com)