Illesteva creates timeless pieces meant to inspire, captivate and last a lifetime, and this year, they have certainly captivated our attention. The brand that launched in 2009 with a vision to push traditional design boundaries by "creating classic eyewear with a downtown New York aesthetic" has rocked both runway and retail with products flying off the shelves. Add to their sales success numerous design awards, a cadre of celebrity fans and collaborative efforts with the likes of Zac Posen and Lou Reed and you might think founders Justin Salguero and Daniel Siberman would take just a minute to bask in the spotlight.
But to their credit, and our extreme pleasure, this creative team pushed new boundaries, expanding into accessories, umbrellas and our personal favorite, backpacks and handbags. With the same focus on quality materials, family-run manufacturers and of course fresh designs, these new lines are certain to bring even more acclaim to this inspiring brand.
Much like their products, we certainly hope Illesteva, the brand, the vision and the team, is around forever. Shop Illesteva.
Tis the shopping season, and aren't you in luck: we have amazing eyewear styles for everyone on your list so you can knock out your shopping quickly.
Here's our top picks for everyone on your list:
For Dad: The Maui Jim Banyans.
Sporty. Classic. Incredible polarized lenses. $199
For Mom: Vera Wang Giza.
Fashion forward but safe enough for mom. She'll wear them year round. $105
Your Brother: Oakley Holbrook
Your Sister: Illesteva Leonard.
The hard-to-buy-for Friend: Ray-Ban New Wayfarers.
The Eco-conscious Friend: Proof Ontario.
The Socially-conscious Friend: Westward Leaning Wintermute.