Where to buy shades, in every style and price point.

THE BASICS

Sunglass Hut NEW

This huge US-Italian chain arrived in Bangkok earlier in the year. Though its lineup of brands is nothing new—we’ve been able to get Ray-Ban, Oakley, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana and the likes for some time now—their strong suit lies in service. For starters, you can return your purchases at any other Sunglass Hut store worldwide within seven days (blessed news for this city), while they’ll also heat-adapt frames in-store to match your face shape. Price-wise, we have found cheaper. While they’ll charge you B6,950 for a standard pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarers, the same pair on Zalora sets you back just B5,159.
 
2/F, Central Chidlom, 02-293-7000. BTS Chid Lom
 

House of Glasses

This little kiosk on the third floor of CentralWorld is a safe choice for shades if you don’t really know what you want. You shouldn’t expect too many new names, just mainstream options such as Ray-Ban and Karen Walker plus a sprinkling of hipster favorites like Cutler and Gross, Sunday Somewhere and Ksubi.
 
3/F, CentralWorld, Ratchadamri Rd., 085-557-7438. BTS Siam/Chit Lom. www.fb.com/houseofglasses
 

Waltz

This premium eyewear store now has five locations city-wide (Siam Paragon, Crystal Park, K Village, The Crystal Ratchapreuk, Navamin City Avenue). The selection focuses on highend brands from all over the world, including Chrome Hearts, Lindberg, Mykita, Oliver Peoples, Gentle Monster, Frency and Mercury, Linda Farrow and many, many more. If you need prescription lenses, the good news is they offer full eye testing services, too.
 
Try K Village, 93-95 Sukhumvit Soi 26, 02-661-4088-9. www.waltzvision.com
 

LOCAL STYLE

The Roseman Club BK Pick!

This eyewear brand is designed in Bangkok but made in Japan. Specs come in eight main designs starting from the wayfarer-esque Ryu (B3,950), the vintage square lens Smith (B3,250) and the fashionable clip-on (B3,800-3,950). Not only are the glasses nicely designed, they also come with friendly price tags—which also cover prescription lenses should you need them (they’ve partnered up with an optician). Finding glasses that don’t look whack for sub-B10,000 is a rare thing. These are not your Chatuchack fashion-frame rip-offs.
 
1497 Chulalongkorn Soi 11, Rama 4 Rd., 081-444-2642. www.fb.com/rosemanclub
 

EURO HIPSTER

Niche Nation

Thonglor institution Niche Nation has long been known as Bangkok’s go-to shop for premium eyewear from heavyweights like Mykita, Native Sons and Thom Browne. Its second store at Central Embassy shares the same clean and minimal design, with light-toned wood showcases displaying more than 10 top-line eyewear brands. For a discreet look, there’s Oliver Peoples, handcrafted specs with no discernible logo, and Dita, an American eyewear brand that’s handmade in Japan with luxurious materials like titanium and 18K gold. Price-wise, you’re typically looking at upwards of B10,000.
 
353 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), 02-160-5825
2/F, Central Embassy, 1031 Phloen Chit Rd., 02-160-5825. BTS Phloen Chit. www.nichenation.com
 

SUPER-LUXE

N. Kanzai NEW

This new EmQuartier opening claims a high-flying celebrity clientele. Think luxurious names like Burberry, Victoria Beckham. Chloe, Tom Ford, Prada, Gucci and Bikkembergs—and the hefty price tags to match. Frency and Mercury go for B17,000-B52,000, Linda Farrow B25,000-B45,000, and Matsuda B10,000-B50,000. Thai exclusives include Fakoshima, Boston Club, Finest Seven, Yohji Yamamoto, A-Morir and Lura.
 
4/F, EmQuartier, Sukhumvit Rd., 02-003-6100. BTS Phrom Phong. www.nkanzaibkk.com
 

RETRO SPECS

Onion BKK

Sadly, Onion Store Aree is now closed, but Sorasak House's (the guitarist of indie-rock mainstays Slur) original cafe-cum-fashion boutique, Ekkamai’s One Ounce for Onion, still stands and is a great place to shop for old-school frames. Aside from mid-price cult brands (B5,000-13,000) like veteran U.S. manufacturers Shuron, Moscot, Gentle Monster and Kaibosh, the real highlight has to be the range of never-before-worn deadstock vintage specs (from B950)—expect lots of Clubmaster-like frames, tortoise shell and clip-ons. You can also shop online at www.onionbkk.com.
 
One Ounce for Onion, 19/12 Ekkamai Soi 12, 086-388-3303