Sunglasses were popular among ancient Romans, who toted brick-heavy shades to gladiatorial contests to catch a glare-free glimpse of mascots catapulting togas into the crowd. Assess the modern version of vision with today’s Groupon: for $50, you get $125 toward designer sunglasses at Eclipse Eyewear in Coronado.
Offering more than 1,000 frames by more than 20 brand-name designers, Eclipse Eyewear outfits ocular bulbs with stylish shades. Fashionista-formed glare-stoppers, such as those from Chanel ($275–$450) and Armani ($165–$250), envelope eyeballs in an environment of elegance while enhancing their eyesight. Available just in time for summer days, polarized sunglasses in a variety of styles, including Marc Jacobs ($125+), Juicy ($125+), and Prada ($245+), reduce glares from the sun’s interstellar barbecues. Eclipse Eyewear’s expert frame stylists aim to fit frames and lenses to their patron’s faces in about 15 minutes or less, leaving customers plenty of time to try on several styles and find the set that complements their personality, eye color, and angry kinkajou perched on their shoulder.
Eclipse Eyewear fashions chic sunglasses from a selection of 1,500 frames from high-end brands such as Prada, Rayban, Tom Ford. Luxurious shades stand against walls and look out from display cases, eager to slide over patrons' eyes to shield them from harsh rays or pigeons' attempts to make eye contact and demand breadcrumbs.