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Where to go for top-notch shades

Head to these optical dispensaries if you want to steer clear of cheap knockoffs

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Salvatore Ferragamo
Known for their big lenses and elegant frames, Salvatore Ferragamo produces some of Italy’s finest sunglasses, which have graced the noses of the likes of Angelina Jolie and Ben Affleck.

We’re particularly fond of these clear boysenberry shades, which you can pick up for $369 at Eye Care on the second floor of Aeon Mall. All Ferragamo lenses are scratch-resistant with UV protection.

Eye Care, second floor Aeon Mall.

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Lowry’s Farm
Japanese brand Lowry’s Farm is best known for bringing the Americana revival to Asia – its racks are filled with preppy shirts, varsity jackets and desert boots.

Their $40 shades are pretty sharp. We like their take on the Clubmaster: bookish glasses with slim, tortoiseshell frames – sunnies that make you look smarter.

Lowry’s Farm, first floor Aeon Mall.

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Mango Touch
When Barcelona-based Mango opened an outlet in Cambodia last year, expat shoppers rejoiced – the store is a staple in Europe and beyond for chic but affordable high-street style.

Their own branded sunglasses are no exception. This year’s crop has a distinctly ’70s look, with tortoise shell and orange-tinted lenses. At $35+ they’re hardly a snap, but if you sit on them, you won’t have to hand over a month’s rent to get another pair.

Mango, Sihanouk Boulevard.

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Mercedez Benz
Mercedez Benz don’t just make cars. The company’s Style offshoot also produces helicopters, furniture, luggage, motor yachts – and eyewear.

That’s right, you can accessorise your face with sunnies designed to evoke the German carmaker’s signature functional aesthetics.

At $300-$400 a pair, they’re perfect for anyone who already owns a Benz – or wants to look like they do.

Grand Optics, five locations, including at intersection of Norodom Boulevard and Street 154.

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Ray-Bans
Ray-Ban’s Aviator sunglasses were developed in the 1930s for pilots to cut glare without obscuring vision.

They’ve since become as much a fashion staple as jeans, little black dresses and sneakers.

The staff at E-Optics insist they sell the real thing.

When buying, make sure the glasses are heavy and well-made, and have serial numbers and/or logos etched on one of the lenses, under the nose bar, on one of the arms and on one of the nose pads.

E-Optics, corner of Sihanouk Blvd and Street 51.

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