El Nino is here. And it’s bringing the heat. Luckily, sunnies stalwart Le Specs has teamed up with Byron Bay brand Afends for a limited-edition eyewear collection to shop this summer.

Taking inspiration from masks and alter egos, the range reflects ideas about hidden personalities and the transformative power of self-expression. There are notes of Y2K across the silhouettes, including speed-dealer references and gradient-mirrored lenses.

Highlights include the Charade, a sleek cat eye that comes in tortoiseshell, black and a translucent pewter finish. There’s also the Persona and Pretense, rounding out the angular offering. Designs like Deception and Facade have more timeless appeal.
With 16 pieces in total, including seven unisex shapes, the collection features frames made from 100 per cent recycled co-polyester. This is where Afends brings its perspective to the mix.

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Launched in 2006 by Declan Wise and Jonathan Salfield, Afends has grown from a screen-printing business specialising in punk and hardcore band merchandise to become one of Australia’s favourite conscious labels. With hemp a key fibre in the brand’s collections, the founding duo purchased 100 acres of farmland last year in an effort to sustain Afends production without relying on offshore partners.

The collection is now available to shop online at Le Specs and Afends.

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