As a country known for year-long sunshine, endless beaches, and a chilled-out party atmosphere, it’s no surprise that Australia has its fair share of sunglasses brands. Quay Australia is arguably the most famous due to its affordable range of on-trend frames, but dig a little deeper and you’ll find there are plenty of other great companies making fire sunglasses. Here is a look at some of our favorites.
9 of the Best Australian Sunglasses Brands
Quay Australia makes affordable frames in a seriously impressive variety of on-trend styles. Despite the low prices, the shades come with quality features like acetate frames and polarized lenses. The circle-rim frames in the image above are a design called Omen (check them out here). Quay is one of our all-time favorite affordable brands: check them out at the link below.
Ozeano is a Bondi Beach-based business with a stylish range of premium acetate sunglasses. The company makes all its frames by hand in its NSW workshop—meaning its the only Australian-made sunglasses brand on the market. Ozeano is committed to sustainability: it’s certified carbon neutral, makes frames with a Peta-approved plant-based material, and funds the collection of 12KG of ocean waste with every sale. The sunglasses all have polarized lenses and come in various classic shapes including the Freshie glasses featured in the image above.
Despite its French-sounding name, Le Specs is a top Australian sunglasses brand with a long history. The brand was founded in 1979 by the shores of Bondi Beach. The shades range from affordable to mid-range making them perfect to take on a day trip to the sea. The brand sells a large selection of on-trend designs and you can buy frames with both Polarized lenses and acetate frames. Keep an eye out for the Le Sustain range that is made entirely from sustainable materials.
Pared Eyewear have a relatively small collection of quality acetate frames in a variety of colors. The brand releases new frames twice a year and often collaborates with other Australian designers. While small, the collections feature unique designs that are sure to make you stand out if you grab a pair.
Pacifico Optical is a brand that grew from Bondi Beach and is inspired by the Pacific coast. The company started in 2011 and it creates hand-made sunnies from Italian and Japanese acetate and quality coated lenses. It’s one of the best Australian sunglasses brands because of its interesting takes on classic D-frame sunglasses styles. Check them out at the link below.
Yes, that’s not a typo. South Cali is an Australian sunglasses brand inspired by the year-round sun of the U.S.’s most sun-loving state. The sunnies the brand designs are affordable and made from plastic, metal, and even bamboo. Despite the low price, you can still get polarized lenses which is a nice bonus. As well as sunglasses, the brand has a small range of caps and face masks.
Bailey Nelson has a large collection of interesting frame shapes and colors, as well as plenty of classics styles. The brand was formed in Bondi Beach (yep, another one) in 2012 and has since grown to have a global presence. The shades are priced around the mid-range which is good value considering they’re designed in Sydney, made from quality Italian acetate, and then handcrafted. The brand also sells optical glasses so you can easily pick up a pair while shopping.
Local Supply make affordable sunglasses in a stylish variety of metal and plastic frames. The frames come with polarized lens making them perfect for relaxing on the beach. Local Supply is another brand born out of Bondi, which seems to be a low-key sunglasses powerhouse area. At the time of writing the company is offering discounts when you buy two pairs so snap them up.
Quicksilver is one of the most well-known Australian brands and it also has a decent line of sunglasses. The collection is on the sportier side of the sunglasses spectrum, which is what you’d expect from a surf brand. They have plenty of polarised frames, which are great for when you’re around the ocean. The sunnies are mostly around the $100 mark although there are a couple of designs that come in at less than this.