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These Top-Tier Japanese Sunglasses Are Practically a Steal

Premium shades made in Sabae.


The center of premium eyewear manufacturing is a small city in Japan’s Fukui Prefecture. In Sabae, one in six residents works in the eyewear industry. Frame production in the region began in the early 20th century, but it was the city’s innovations in titanium during the ‘80s that put Sabae on the map. Today, its factories also offer high-quality acetate construction, premium mineral glass lenses, and nuanced filigree detailing. 

One brand that produces sunglasses in Sabae is Eyevan 7285. Founded in 1972 by Kensuke Ishizu, the brand offers a range of tasteful frames made from top-tier acetate and titanium. The styles are nuanced and ridiculously cool, but they’ll typically set you back about $500.

But now at Ssense, you can save up to 54 percent on a range of sunglasses from Eyevan 7285. Pick from acetate, titanium or combination frames, but act fast — it’s rare to score eyewear of this quality for these prices.

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Epitome Sunglasses by Eyevan 7285 $257 $180

Tortoiseshell Lubin-E Sunglasses by Eyevan 7285 $380 $251

Brown 771 Sunglasses by Eyevan 7285 $500 $245

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