Garrett Leight Palms Sunglass Aviators

GLCO Guides: The Aviator

GLCO Guides

Words: Tyrell Alleyne
New York Store Manager

Why Aviator Sunglasses?

Aviators are forever fly. It’s more than just a 30s throwback. General MacArthur, Maverick and Puff Daddy would agree. They’re vintage yet modern, clean but still badass.

Garrett Leight Aviator style folding Van Buren
GLCO Cordova and Van Buren sunglass

History of Aviator Sunglasses

These “pilot’s glasses” were originally developed to protect the eyes of navigators against the sun at the highest altitudes. Making the frame out of the lightest metals was vital as they were to be worn for an extended period of time while in flight. The oversized, oval G-15 glass lenses were ideal for completely covering the eyes to block out the sun and haters alike. Both major keys: all for the clarity, all for the comfort. Now also for the style.

Garrett Leight Aviator Sunglass Inspiration: Tom Cruise
Garrett Leight sunglass inspiration: MacArthur Aviators

Aviator Sunglass Styles

Over time, the aviator frame has evolved. The
Palms and Van Buren are modern takes on the timeless look, evoking oversized confidence and class. The Palms restores that classic feeling. The Van Buren takes us to year 3050.

If you want to go full military, check out the MacArthur-inspired San Juans. They offer a tailored fit, classic top bar construction and unique pairings of acetate and metal for a stone cold vintage vibe.

As for the Van Buren, it's the perfect mix of past, present and future. Its zero based lens is a nod to OG optical designs and the completely foldable frame shows how far the evolution of aviators has come. For our Spring Summer collection we’ve released three new colorways to complement our classic color pairings.

Garrett Leight Van Buren Style Sunglass
Foldable aviator in Gold frame Green Glass lens Garrett Leight
Garrett Leight Van Buren sunglass
Palms Aviator Optical frame Garrett Leight

Styling Tips

Want to pull this the look off? The versatility of the Palms, which is available as a sunglass or eyeglass, makes it easy to wear with different fits. For those brisk NYC days, the Palms looks bomb with a leather bomber and turtleneck to layer, gold chain optional. This is a pair for grown ups so please leave all cozy wear alone. No sweatpants please. Marlon Brando wouldn’t do it, and neither should you.

Garrett Leight Kendall Jenner Gold Butterscotch Palms Optical Frames
Garrett Leight Palms Aviator Style Sunglasses

For the Van Burens, throw on a pair with a camel overcoat, your favorite pair of denim and vintage tee for a look that will always command attention. Whether kicking back at brunch, lampin’ in the Hamptons or heading to LAX via JFK – GLCO’s got you covered with a timeless look. Aviators are forever fly.

Garrett Leight Van Buren Aviators
Garrett Leight foldable wire aviator sunglass

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