A refined range of polarised sunglasses from both our Core and Elements collection.
Proudly handmade in our Glasgow workshop, each frame is precision machined from high-quality cellulose acetate, traditionally pin-riveted and undertakes 8 stages of increasingly fine polishing. To enhance your experience, lenses are polarised, category 3 and are 100% UV protective.
HOW DO I USE THE VIRTUAL MIRROR?
Click “Try on” beside any of our polarised sunglasses.
A window will appear where you’ll see a ‘LIVE’ option. Click LIVE and adjust your head to fit within the orange head-template.
The sunglasses should appear on your face, just like magic. For more detailed instructions, click here.
WHY SHOULD I BUY THESE SUNGLASSES?
You’ve probably considered getting some cheaper sunglasses elsewhere?
Thing is, ours have been handmade using high quality materials and polarised lenses right here in the UK.
Sure, it makes them a little more expensive, but we can bet they’ll last your longer and help you see better.
If you give us a chance, it’ll be a nice feeling knowing these sunglasses have come straight from the hands that made them.
WHAT SUNGLASSES SUIT ME?
Finding sunglasses to suit your face shape can be a breeze.
To make things easy for you, we’ve made a helpful face shape guide. It’s free, downloadable and should help you find your perfect pair of sunglasses.
You can thank us later.
WHICH SUNGLASSES FRAME SHOULD I TRY?
Sunny summer days or crisp winter mornings, you need sunglasses that’ll look good all year round, right?
That’s a long time, so your best bet is to choose a frame that’ll suit you that’s going to last. And let’s be honest, your face shape isn’t changing anytime soon.
So for some friendly sunglasses suggestions, you should check out this handy guide about choosing sunglasses for your face shape.
IS IT BETTER TO BUY SUNGLASSES ONLINE?
As if you were trying them in a shop, non-prescription sunglasses are just as easy to buy online. Especially as you can borrow them for free.
However, we also offer prescription sun lenses. So, to keep things easy, it’s best you have your recent prescription and your pupillary distance.
Unsure? Feel free to get in touch or even have your prescription sun lenses fitted elsewhere.
Really, you won’t hurt our feelings.
Try your sunglasses, free, for a whole week using the easy pay-delay by Klarna.
It’s the simple method of trying your new sunglasses at home. Select ‘pay later with Klarna’ at the checkout.
You don’t even need an account. It does it all for you, just like magic.
FROM THE HANDS THAT MADE THEM
Ok, so there’s a million sunglasses brands out there.
But we can bet they don’t make their frames here in the UK, not quite like us.
As one of the few UK manufacturers, we pride ourselves on our ability to design and make sunglasses from our Glasgow workshop.
This is what sets us aside. Starting from sheet, leaving as sunglasses, we proudly manufacture ours right here in the UK.
You’re not looking at just another sunglasses brand. Ours are made right here in Glasgow, Scotland.
But to make great sunglasses, you deserve great materials. Which is why we only use Europe’s finest acetate and our own bespoke hardware to make all our sunglasses.
It’s taken a while, but you can see for yourself how we’ve learned to design and make our own sunglasses right here in the UK.
DO YOU ONLY MAKE ACETATE SUNGLASSES?
Yup. It’s taken the better part of a decade to learn to use this amazing material.
Rather than become a jack of all trades, we’ve focused on high quality acetate sunglasses inspired by the timeless styles of the 1950’s.
Oh, and acetate is a bio-plastic made of plant fibre, which means they’ll biodegrade.
DO YOU MAKE LTD EDITION SUNGLASSES?
During the summer months we release short runs of limited edition sunglasses models.
To access them, you should join our Members Club newsletter.
You won’t regret it.
CAN YOU ADJUST MY SUNGLASSES?
Sure we can.
After you’ve tried your sunglasses at home, let us know if they need a little tweaking.
They might need some widening or narrowing for your head. Furthermore, the temples may need a little adjusting too.
All we ask is that you're descriptive with your adjustment requirements so we can do the best job we can.
If your glasses need further modifications, you can follow this helpful guide at home.
ARE YOUR SUNGLASSES ALL THE SAME SIZE?
Each of our sunglasses vary in size between different models. But each model only comes in one size.
For example, Profile-Square is bigger than a Profile-Original. For now, this is how we make them. But in the future, our sunglasses size-range will grow as our factory grows.
HOW DO I CHOOSE THE RIGHT SIZE OF SUNGLASSES?
If you have a smaller head, we suggest you stick to our Profile-Original or Profile-Round sunglasses models. They’re a little less wide than our other models.
However, if you have a bigger head, we recommend our Profile-Square or our Aviator models. These are wider in the head aperture and suit a larger cranium.
A good way to check sizing is by clicking on the product details within each of our sunglasses models.
There, you can measure them against your old pair using a good old fashioned ruler.
DO YOU MAKE A THICKER SUNGLASSES ARM?
With all our sunglasses, we offer one shape of temple arm. It’s a uni-piece design with very few components.
This makes it simple, understated and oh so smooth to wear.
It’s become our signature, something we really think you like.
Our temple length is 145mm long which you can adjust to fit your head using these instructions.
28% is the average market price increase for the privilege of polarisation.
But here at Banton Frameworks, your sunglasses are polarised at no extra cost.
It’s on us.
In compliance with EU law, our polarised lenses are rated to UV400.
They block 99-100% of UV light, protecting your eyes from UVA and UVB frequencies.
Polarisation a secondary function that does not reduce of affect their UV protection.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF POLARISED SUNGLASSES?
Polarised sunglasses have the added ability to almost completely block reflected sunlight.
This is when light bounces off shiny surfaces like water and becomes horizontally focused.
Otherwise known as glare, these reflections are filtered-out to give you a consistent view and improved visual acuity.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR SUNGLASSES TO BE POLARISED?
Polarised sunglasses contain a chemical film ‘sandwiched’ within the layers of the lenses.
This film contains hundreds of rows of vertically aligned molecules which creates their most important function.
Due to the vertical (up and down) alignment of the molecules, they act like a filter which blocks-out horizontally orientated light.
This is the polarised sunglasses meaning as they’re capable of almost completley blocking-out horizontal light, otherwise known as glare.
DO SUNGLASSES NEED TO BE POLARISED?
Nope. But they sure make a heck of a difference.
Which is why you get them as standard at no extra cost. You see, polarised lenses are a really nice way of getting a clearer view of what’s ahead of you.
This is because they can block-out reflected glare from shiny objects around you that affects your quality of vision.
By reducing these reflections, polarisation is a bonus we felt you deserved.
You can thank us later.
ARE POLARISED SUNGLASSES BETTER?
Out in the sun, your environment will constantly change as you move around throughout the day.
This variation of sunlight and it’s angle towards you makes polarised sunglasses the better option.
They simply give you a more consistent view in varying intensities and angles of sunlight.
Reflected glare from water or shiny road surfaces can be reduced with a polarised lens.
This is why we fit them to all our British made sunglasses.
CAN POLARISED SUNGLASSES BE USED FOR NIGHT DRIVING?
Keep yourself on the right side of the road AND the law.
Don’t wear these sunglasses when you’re driving at night. They’re a category 3 lens which makes them pretty dark.
You wouldn’t be able to see the road properly.
Plus, who wears sunglasses at night anyway?
DO I NEED ANTI GLARE ON POLARISED SUNGLASSES?
For extra performance, we apply an anti-glare coating on the rear surface (backside) of all our polarised lenses.
This prevents light from bouncing backwards into your eyes which can be distracting and lead to unnecessary visual fatigue.
Learn more about rear-surface anti-glare here.
HOW DO ANTI GLARE GLASSES WORK?
Despite the name, anti-glare lens coatings don’t block glare, it absorbs it.
Cleverly, it lets more light to pass through a lens instead of being reflected.
This is why anti-glare is also called anti-reflective. For sunglasses, you’d only ever want anti-glare on the back of your lenses.
This prevents sunlight from bouncing back into your eyes whilst the front of the lens reflects light away. A bit like a two-way mirror.
POLARISED SUNGLASSES VS NON POLARISED
Polarised lenses help to reduce glare.
This is when sunlight bounces off large flat surfaces like water and becomes horizontally focused, thus becoming polarised light.
Non polarised lenses can’t block glare because they don’t contain a polariser within the lens.
This is why polarised lenses give you better visual acuity, free from distracting reflections.
HOW DO POLARISED LENSES WORK?
Our polarised lenses are made from multiple layers.
Within the lens-sandwich is what’s called a polariser which is made of a chemical film.
The polariser hosts hundreds of tiny molecular rows which are vertically aligned, very close together.
This creates a vertical filter that prevents horizontally reflected light from entering the lens.
Thanks to the in-built polariser, this is how reflected sun glare from shiny horizontal surfaces is blocked out.
HOW DO I GET MY PUPILLARY DISTANCE?
This is super easy.
Use this free PD ruler and instructions to measure it yourself. It only takes a few minutes.
CAN YOU FIT PRESCRIPTION SUN LENSES?
We can fit various types of sun lenses with various coatings and upgrades.
Use the handy lens menu at the right-hand side of each of our sunglasses frames. There, you can enter your prescription details, lens type and any additional coatings.
Choose from non-polarised prescription or polarised prescription lenses.
These can be for distance, reading, bi-focal or varifocal sun lenses. You can use it to calculate your lens costs before you even place your order.
Alternatively, click here to calculate your lens costs seperatley.
HOW DO YOU FIT PRESCRIPTION SUN LENSES?
First off, we post your sunglasses to you fitted with non-prescription sun lenses.
After a few days and some nice ‘alone time’ you can tell us if you like them or not using the simple return form.
Then, you simply free-return your frame for lens fitting or for a refund. Next, we fit your prescription sun lenses to your frame which we then post back to you. Ready to face the sun together.
WHAT’RE MY OPTIONS FOR PRESCRIPTION SUN LENSES?
Make good sunglasses some great sunglasses.
You can tailor your sun lenses to perfection using the lens menu at the right-hand side of each of our sunglasses frames.
Simply select your application, whether they’re for distance, reading, computer, bifocal or varifocal.
Once you’ve entered your prescription details, you can experiment with different lens coatings.
HOW LONG WILL MY PRESCRIPTION SUN LENSES TAKE TO FIT?
Depending on your prescription, lenses can take between 5-10 working days to order, cut, coat and fit.
To save everybody time, we can order your prescription sun lenses before you return your glasses back to us. This way we can reduce your wait whilst your lenses are processed.