Spring is in full bloom and that means the sun has finally made its debut this year. The season of sunglasses has offically begun!
Of all the accessories you could own, we would argue that sunglasses are the most diverse and useful of them all. They can be worn in sunny and even overcast weather conditions (no really it’s true – ever notice that everything seems brighter when it’s overcast?), they can complement every outfit and can be worn for any occasion.
In our opinion, there are three main factors to consider when buying new sunnies: design, quality and price. So, we did a bit of hunting ourselves to find the perfect pair of spring sunglasses that tick all three boxes.
Walk into any fashion (or convenience) store and you’re sure to find a rack of sunglasses somewhere. Accessibility isn’t really an issue, but design, quality, and price certainly are. Often, sunglasses have two out of the three attributes. Cool design and excellent quality will cost you an arm and a leg. While fine design and decent price will get you a pair with the quality that screams ‘temporary’.
What we hoped to find was a well designed pair of sunglasses that one would feel confident wearing anywhere, made to be worn for more than one season, and at a price that isn’t going to break the bank. Is that too much to ask for? Apparently not!
BILLE — perfect for any occassion
MessyWeekend Copenhagen is a sunglasses startup based in Copenhagen, Denmark. They have a pretty extensive line of sunglasses, but one pair in particular really stands out: BILLE Amber. The amber frame is ideal for adding a splash of colour to your spring wardrobe and works for practically any occasion and style. BILLE is a rounded shape and fuses a vintage vibe into a modern pair of sunnies. Design-wise, we’re big fans. So, what about quality and price?
BILLE Amber is handcrafted using high-quality acetate. There are almost 200 steps in the production of these sunglasses, a manual process that can take somewhere between six and eight weeks to complete. The frame is thin, making it lightweight and comfortable to wear for extended periods of time and has shatterproof lenses with 100% UV400 protection. These beautifully designed, high-quality sunglasses cost only $175 AUD — a price well below similar models from comparable brands.
More than just sunglasses
We’ve gone over each of our three points, but we actually discovered there is a fourth. How does the brand you choose to support look beyond business? Nowadays, there are numerous brands who are giving back in various ways to their communities and MESSYWEEKEND™️ is one such brand. For each product sold, they donate part of their revenue to their Clean Oceans partners: ReSea Project and Plastic Change, to facilitate the clean up of ocean plastic – which we love! And so do most of their Trustpilot reviewers, who gave MESSYWEEKEND™️ 4.7 out of 5 stars. Very impressive for a small startup.