Sunglasses are a staple all year round, but especially in summer. And while they come in many different shapes, sizes and colours – from plain round frames to tortoiseshell cat-eyes and neon statement shades – Rory Twomey had trouble finding a pair that suited his personal style.

The Byron Bay local is heavily influenced by the area’s strong surf, music, skate, fashion and art scenes, and he wanted sunglasses that fit the coastal community’s vibe.

He launched Gesture Eyewear in 2020, with sunglasses that reflect Byron’s streetwear DNA. It’s the same ethos and vision he’s brought to the label’s latest collection for spring/summer 2022.

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The drop features sunglasses in two new shapes – 004 is the blockier of the two rectangular frames, with a very subtle lift in the upper-outside corners, while 005 has softer, more rounded corners.

New colourways have also debuted as part of the collection, with 004 in plum-smoke frames and rose-tinted lenses; black frames with blue tinted lenses; and black frames with an amber gradient lens. The 005 shape comes in ochre with bronzy lenses, red tortoiseshell around butter-tinted glass, black with just a slightly tinged “sunset” lens, and the same black and blue combination.

The frames are made with handcrafted acetate, sturdy Italian barrel hinges, Carl Zeiss CR-39 lenses and gold foil printing around the temples – they say “Gesture” outside and “Made for the streets” inside. Plus, the sunglasses come with 100 per cent UV protection, scratch-resistant frames and lenses, and a vegan hard-leather case with microfibre cloth.

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