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The Maui Jim philosophy is simple - to create the best sunglasses on the planet so you can see the world at its best. With their advanced technology and eclectic selection of styles and designs, Maui Jim truly delivers on this ideology. Choose a pair of Maui Jim's today, and view the world in a way you’ve never seen it before. The cutting-edge PolarizedPlus® innovation worked to revolutionize the world of high-performance sunglasses with its incomparable clarity.

2018 Maui Jim Commercial - YouTube


With 2019 in full effect, Maui Jim shades have been a top seller in-stores and online. Today, we're sharing six new hot styles that our customers love and would be the perfect addition to your collection. Valentine's Day is around the corner! ❤️

Cut Mountain

Angular lines of this style are offset by the linearly- etched grooves of the monel metal frame to create the effect of wood grain. The most worthy lens companion to this crisp frame is our SuperThin (ST) Glass lenses that offer the clearest views available and are 32% thinner and lighter than standard glass lenses.
Styles: Black/Neutral Grey, Grey/Blue Hawaii, and Bronze/HCL Bronze

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Hanapa’a

Fasten yourself in for a polychromatic ride in our newest style Hanapa’a. Distinctive in its kaleidoscopic array of blue, blush and purple tortoise-patterned hues, Hanapa’a delivers comfort with its injected nylon frame, embedded rubber nose pads, and spring hinges.
Styles: Blue, Black Tortoise/Neutral Grey, Purple Tortoise/Maui Rose, and Blush Tortoise/HCL Bronze

Shop Hanapa'a Styles

 

Longitude

 

Let the Compass be your guide to adventure and glare-free visual performance. This square-shaped, medium-sized aviator is available in classic color combinations. Its bold brow bar adds a powerful aesthetic to an otherwise traditional frame. A high-shine finish on the metal frame complements anyone desiring a distinct look.

Styles: Matte Tortoise, Black Temples, HCL Bronze, Matte Black/Neutral Grey, and Matte Translucent Grey/Blue Hawaii

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North Star

 

Chart a course to new beginnings with North Star. Refined minimalism meets exquisite detailing with intricate temple cut-outs and detailed frame imprints in universally-appealing geometric patterns. Lightweight titanium construction is balanced by our equally lightweight and proprietary MauiBrilliant lenses.

Styles: Matte Silver/Neutral Grey, Matte Gold/HCL Bronze

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Sunny Days

The look of Sunny Days is influenced by the buoyant feeling a sunny day inspires. The double bridge with elevated brow bar in stainless steel pleasantly complements the round, richly-swirled Italian acetate frame. Joy will follow when you experience the clearest possible views with our proprietary SuperThin (ST) Glass lenses.

Styles: Grey Horn/Neutral Grey, Blue Horn/Blue Hawaii, Honey Smoke/HCL Bronze, and Espresso Smoke/Maui Rose

Shop Sunny Days Styles

 

Shallows

Shallows draws you in with its fresh perspective on the timeless aviator. The flattened metal frame front and enchanting array of chromatic options achieves a distinct look, while the lightweight titanium frame and MauiBrilliant™ lenses provides the ultimate in all-day- long comfort.

Styles: Matte Brushed Burgundy/Maui Sunrise, Satin Gold/HCL Bronze, Satin Brown Red/Maui Sunrise, Dove Grey/Blue Hawaii, and Matte Black/Neutral Grey

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Brunchin' ain't easy...

Eric from American Sunglass at 263 Main St. in Falmouth, MA is back to share his February picks for Sunday brunch. Look and feel your best while strolling into brunch (even if you've had a rough night.) Shop these looks today so you're ready for Valentine's Day!

For the ladies... Smith
Bridgetown

The round lens profile, metal bridge detail and distinctive frame surfacing of the Bridgetown combine to form an elegant yet bold style. These Smiths are a brunch must-have for 2019.

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Prada
PR 16RS VIY6X1

Prada PR 16RS sunglasses are an oversized, ultra-glam pair of sunnies with a very unique, geometric shape. Stay chíc, as always, with these Pradas.

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Fendi
FF0290S 035J

Fendi shows off with a super slim metal oversized look that will compliment this season perfectly. The cat eye shape is reflected in a pop of acetate detailing along the tip that flows with this piece perfectly.

Shop Fendi

For the fellas... Smith
Westgate

Westgate's unique lens geometry and oversize 4 base design is a first class upgrade on a traditional aviator sunglass. Forged from stainless steel, Smith built a comfortable, thin metal frame with adjustable silicon nosepads. Look sharp when entering your favorite brunch spot.

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Carrera
CA1005S 02M2

A classic and iconic Carrera soft-pilot design made of full metal. The main design elements are the recognizable logo on left lens, the signature C-tip metal detail inside the left temple tip and the C Logo placed in the front with metal finishing. Stand out in the crowd with Carrera.

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Dita
Rikton Type 402

Meticulously engineered to harness the ever-changing properties of light, Rikton - Type 402 employs an innovative photochromic dual-lens construction for an unparalleled visual experience. For those ready to shine wearing one of the most exclusive pairs out on the market today.

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The 80's have called... NEON is back

The celebrities have spoken... again. Neon is back with a vengeance for 2019. Everyone from the Kardashian/Jenner sisters to Cardi B to Ashley Graham have been photographed in neon yellow, orange, pink, blue, and green this year. It looks like this trend will be sticking around for awhile ladies, so get ready to shine!

For neon inspiration, check out NBC News' TODAY Show co-anchor Hoda Kotb discussing neon trends with style expert Lilliana Vazquez below.


If neon is here to stay, we recommend pairing your bright clothes with a classic pair of sunglasses that will compliment your look. Here are three of our current favorites:

Saint Laurent 

Sleek, stylish and built for comfort. These fashionable frames feature a lightweight shape, with a classic design that will never go out of style. 

Shop Saint Laurent

Prada 

Combining the perfect design with the stunning color choices makes these sleek Prada 0PR 01VS cat-eye sunglasses a polished addition to any beach or brunch-bound look.

Shop Prada

Ray-Ban

A daring contemporary style for urban style hunters who love to face life in style.

Shop Ray-Ban

 

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Tis the season... To make your fellow brunchers jealous with these awesome head-turning sunglasses. 

What better way to start off 2019 than with some new shades that everyone will want? Eric from American Sunglass at 263 Main St. in Falmouth, MA is back to share his top picks for both women and men. Look and feel your best while strolling into brunch (even if you've had a rough night.) Large black shades are the perfect solution to hiding those under-eye bags (designer bags, of course.)

Prada 27NS

Be polished to perfection in this Minimal Baroque round style. Prada's signature scrolls sculpt the temples of these fun, original sunglasses. A Hollywood favorite! If you're showing up late to brunch, have these bad boys on.

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Ray-Ban Jackie Ohh
RB4101

The Ray-Ban Jackie Ohh RB4101 Sunglasses are yet another classic look immortalized by an iconic figure. The oversized, full-rimmed lenses and durable plastic frames are a lavish touch to an already-elegant pair of sunglasses. A classic Ray-Ban look for those wanting to look sleek and sophisticated.

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Maui Jim Westside

From sunrise to sunset, Westside is decidedly different and sets the tone for your day. Adventure, curiosity, and fun await when you. The premium, lightweight acetate frame is a worthy counterpart to industry-leading PolarizedPlus2® lens technology. Oversized and bold, ready to conquer bottomless mimosas.

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Costa Bloke

 This term is reserved for men who are tough, dependable, and plain fun to be around. These extra-large sunglasses are just as durable and reliable thanks to the cam action pin hinges and our bilateral fusion technology, which fuses two colors for a chip-proof finish. Oversized shades for the guy who went a little too hard the night before.

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Oakley Targetline

Targetline's an angled brow and sleek temples are designed to fit well under a hat. The integrated side shields help combat backside glare, while the taller lens ensures uninterrupted downward vision. Take these from brunch right to golf course; a men's top pick for everyday use.

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Ray-Ban Clubmaster
RB3716

Classics feel new forever and the Clubmaster is no exception. An update to the retro icon, it offers a sleek, contemporary look and fresh all-metal frames with matte or shiny black, shiny havana, or white finishes. Ending with a uni-sex fit, anyone will be able to rock this updated Clubmaster look!

Shop Ray-Ban RB3716

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Oakley

When it comes to top-tier performance and lifestyle sunglasses, Oakley has established itself as one of the best-selling brands in the world. Oakley was founded in 1975 by Jim Jannard after he began designing sunglasses in his garage and selling them at local motocross events. Since its inception, Oakley’s countless designs have aimed to provide maximum comfort and durability in any setting. To this day, the company holds more than 850 patents for sunglasses and general eyewear.Oakley has positioned itself as the innovator of lens technologies, and has extended its brand into apparel and accessories that appeal to all active consumers.

Here at American Sunglass, we carry a wide-range of Oakley sunglasses, from everyday wear to performance. A frequent question we see online and in-store is

“What are the differences between the Gascan and Fuel Cell Oakleys?”

Today, we’re breaking down those two styles, as well as it’s modern relative, the Crankshaft.

Gascan

In 2005, Oakley did a complete 180 in design and traded soft curved designs for straight edges and hard lines. The Gascan style was born and it was Oakley’s first high-wrap lifestyle shade. The Oakley logo also shifted with these iconic shades, to a square “O” design that you see on most styles today.


Key Dimensions:

Lens width: 60 millimeters
Lens height: 35 millimeters
Bridge: 15 millimeters
Arm: 128 millimeters

Fuel Cell

In 2009, the world was introduced to Gascan’s big brother, Fuel Cell. The big difference between the two? Size. The Fuel Cell is a great option for someone who wants the style of Gascan, but needs a larger frame. Fuel Cell also provides slightly more curvature and the bridge dips out instead of being flat.

Key Dimensions:

Lens width: 60 millimeters
Lens height: 38 millimeters
Bridge: 19 millimeters
Arm: 130 millimeters

Crankshaft

Just when we thought we were done, enter the younger sibling, Crankshaft. The Crankshaft is a combination of the Gascan and Fuel Cell designs but turned up a notch. Crankshaft is considered the cleaner, more modern approach to the lifestyle shades collection by Oakley.

Key Dimensions:

Lens width: 60 millimeters
Lens height: 37 millimeters
Bridge: 19 millimeters
Arm: 132 millimeters 

Takeaways:
  • Most sunglasses have a slight lift at the bridge, but the Gascan remains totally flat.
  • Fuel Cell is slightly larger than Gascan and provides more curvature.
  • There are 14 available styles of Gascan, including the limited edition Spectrum, SI, and Infinite Hero collections.
  • Fuel Cell has 13 available options, including SI, Infinite Hero, and Desolve Camo collections.
  • Crankshaft is only available in two styles, Black Iridium and  Black Iridium Polarized.
  • All three are built with O-MATTER™ stress-resistant frame material, both lightweight and durable for all-day comfort and protection
  • All three have 100% UV filtering - Plutonite Lenses offer top UV Protection filtering 100% of all UVA, UVB, UVC and harmful blue light up to 400nm
  • All three are wrap-style sunglasses that provide premium comfort, while a Three-Point-Fit to keep your vision in precise optical alignment.

These three styles should be worn as an everyday lifestyle pair of shades. For the highly active folks, there are plenty of performance styles that Oakley sells with grips and special lens technology. We recommend coming in and trying on different frames to see which ones agree with your look the best.

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5 Things You Shouldn't Do with Your Sunglasses - YouTube

Today we have Eric, manager of American Sunglass, with his handy sidekick Buttons sharing with us things we never should do with our sunglasses. 

Tip 1 - Never put your lenses face down

Some lenses easily scratch, leaving your $$$ shades with visible marks that no one wants. Fold the temples and keep your lenses from making contact with any surfaces. 

Tip 2 - Don't rest your shades on top of your head

This is common for many of us to do. Your sunglasses will stretch over time and cause them to fit irregularly. It's also annoying when they get caught in your hair! We recommend using a retainer, like these from Croakies. 

Tip 3 - Don't throw your shades in your purse or bag, always use a case

We're all guilty of this; throwing our sunglasses wherever convenient. Think about all the random things in our purses/bags. Your sunglasses will thank you later for always keeping them in their cases OR a microfiber pouch.

Tip 4 - Don't use your clothes to clean your sunglasses 

It may be easy to use your shirt to clean your sunglasses, but the truth is your clothes have rough fibers that may scratch your lenses. Nothing cleans sunglasses better than a microfiber cloth and lens cleaner. It's easy to throw an extra cloth in your sunglasses case for quick cleaning.

Tip 5 - Sunglasses are a year-round accessory

Just because the weather goes drops and snow starts to fall, your sunglasses still play an important role with your everyday look. Sunglasses are a year-round accessory, protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays. If your sunglasses are polarized, it'll help cut that blinding glare from snow.

 

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How to Clean Your Sunglasses - YouTube

Today we have Eric, manager of American Sunglass at 263 Main St, Falmouth, MA showing us how to properly clean your sunglasses. Remember, always use a microfiber cloth and lens cleaner!

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We're here to help

If there’s one thing we know, it’s sunglasses. We also know that every face is different. Why does this matter? Well, the perfect pair of sunnies for you might be another person’s nightmare. The way sunglasses fit a face is hardly ever discussed, but in fact, a wrong fit is the number one reason for returns. Let's dive in...

What do we recommend?

It’s always best to walk into a sunglasses shop and spend the time to try on different pairs for the best fit. Many times, a specialist will be able to make adjustments immediately to a pair you like.

If you can’t find time to get to a store, shopping online is the quicker and more convenient alternative. We currently have over 700 sunglasses in our online catalog, and that number multiplies when you factor in lens and frame color options. It can be overwhelming for anyone to find their next perfect pair, so we’re sharing some tips to ensure you’re pleased with your sunglasses purchase.

What kind of face do I have?

Personal style + face shape are the two top factors in determining what sunglasses you’ll love. Let's tackle face shape for a moment. Most people can fall into four face shape categories: round, oval, heart, and square. An easy way to see what face shape you have is to take a selfie. Either trace or focus on the outline of your head; what do you see? Here's a little graphic we created to explain...

Round faces: you’ll want to purchase sunglasses that contrast the roundness, for example rectangular or square shaped shades. Round face shape + round sunglasses do not go hand-in-hand, beware. Check out a variety of rectangular lenses here.

Oval faces: congratulations, it’s your lucky day. You’ll be able to pretty much rock anything you want. Your balanced proportions, high cheek bones and slightly narrow chin help you look good in essentially all styles. In this case, check out our newest arrivals here.

Heart faces: What in the world? Heart-shaped faces simply mean that your face is wider at the forehead region and then tapers down near the chin and jaw, like a heart. Aviators will be your best friend in the sunglasses world. What better brand to buy than the ones who invented the aviator style? Shop Ray-Ban aviators

Square faces: You guessed it- round frames are going to provide you with ideal contrast to your angular lines around the jawline. Round frames might be our favorite style, as they provide a fun and bold look to the wearer. Shop some cool new round styles here.

How do I measure my sunglasses?

Now that you know your face shape and what style typically works best for you, it’s time to understand the different measurements of glasses. Look! More fun graphics from us...

Did you know? Sizes are often marked on the inside of the temple.

Measurements are calculated in millimeters (mm). A good way to compare these measurements to your face shape is to measure the distance in between your temples. You can easily do this (or have a friend help) by holding a straight ruler to your face in the mirror. Most temple to temple measurements run from 5 to 7 inches long. The average for men is 5 ¾” (145 mm); for women it is 5 ¼” (133 mm) or 5 ½” (139 mm).

For those with smaller faces (4” up to 5” temple to temple), we recommend to purchase frame sizes up to 50mm. 

Those who measure between 5” to 5.5” temple to temple will want to go between 51mm and 55mm.

Finally, 5.5” and above shouldn’t get frames smaller than 56mm. 56mm and above is your best bet.

Closing thoughts

Now that you’re a sunglasses fit and measurement pro, let’s talk about your style. Your personal style trumps all. Our above information is to only serve as a guide for you to find that next perfect pair, but at the end of the day, YOU get to decide what you want. Keep your knowledge of shapes and measurements in mind, and let that help you choose a style you’ll love. Who knows, you may decide on something completely different than what you thought you would like.

Always know that our sunglass specialists are trained in helping you throughout the journey from start to finish. Many frames can be altered right in-store, even if you purchased them online and brought them in. We’re always here to help so make your next sunglass purchase with confidence with us! Here are our locations in the northeast. Swing by and say hi sometime soon; we're waiting for you!

BOSTON:

Sol Optics Boston at 329 Hanover Street

CAPE COD:

American Sunglass at 263 Main Street, Falmouth

Sol Optics Mashpee at 9 Central Square, Mashpee

Sol Optics Chatham at 466 Main Street, Chatham

Coconuts Provincetown at 294 Commercial Street, Provincetown

Sol Optics Provincetown at 230 Commercial Street, Provincetown

NEWPORT, RI:

Newport Sunglass Shop at 109 Swinburne Road

Sol Optics Newport at 375 Thames Street

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