Back in 2019 Luxottica merged with Essilor, creating a huge corporation that owns many well-known glasses and sunglasses companies.
We love many of the brands owned by this company, including Ray-Ban and Persol, as well as the frames they make for fashion houses like Burberry and Ralph Lauren. But sometimes it’s good to take a look at what is available elsewhere.
And, in fact, you may be surprised about how many other brands there are, from independent companies to those owned by other corporations.
In this article, we’ll explore some quality sunglasses brands not owned by Luxottica.
Non-Luxottica Sunglasses Brands
Warby Parker is an independent eyewear company known for its affordable and stylish acetate frames and its try at home fitting service. It sells a variety of on-trend and classic designs. Well-worth a look in our opinion.
Randolph Engineering specializes in metal-frame aviator sunglasses in a variety of styles. The glasses are made in the U.S. with a 200-step hand-made process. If you like aviators, this brand is a go-to.
Zenni Optical is another brand that is not owned by Luxottica. It makes affordable sunglasses and eyeglasses in both modern and retro designs. Perhaps the best thing about the brand is how affordable it is—premium frames start at just $29.95.
Quay makes stylish sunglasses at the lower end of the price spectrum. It sells plenty of on-trend designs and classic styles. Quay is a good place to look if you want great looking polarized lenses at a low price.
Moscot Eyewear is a New York-based company with a 100-year history. It makes high-end glasses from acetate and titanium in a variety of classic styles. The frames are pricey, but the quality is high.
RetroSuperFuture creates sunglasses with modern designs. It has a lot of styles you will struggle to find at other outlets and it keeps its inventory fresh for each season. The glasses are made in Italy and come in both metal and acetate styles.