I haven't owned a proper pair of sunglasses since I was a teenager.
All others that I bought, but never wore, since then were 5$ Ray Ban lookalikes.
If you are a shy and timid shopper like me, you might know this awkward feeling of going into a sunglass store, determined to buy a pair of proper sunglasses but then... a shop assistant approaches and wants to assist you, and all you think is 'hell no, leave me alone'. Well I'm that kind of person. I don't want any shop assistant to assist me. I don't even want them to look at me, because that makes me feel awkward to try sunglasses on. Don't ask me why, I'm simply that kind of person. That led me to not owning a proper pair of UV protecting sunglasses since I was.... 14? Back then I had a pair of Armani glasses that my mom bought for me, but looking back, they looked really shit on me.
Living in South Vietnam with the sun shining extremely almost every day of the year, I have been thinking that I should invest in a pair of proper sunglasses to protect my eyes for a while. I also wanted them to be classy, so I can wear them everyday, and to be of good quality. Sounds easier than said, even now I don't know where to buy sunglasses here (except the cheap Ray Ban lookalikes), and I definitely didn't know what style suited me, so I didn't want to buy anything online. Sooo, then I was in Seoul at Incheon airport, and whenever I'm at an airport, I feel like I need to buy something, just because of the term 'tax free' you know haha. (Yeah I'm that kind of person who easily gets lurked by words like 1+1 of up to 70% off haha)
I went into this sunglasses store with an amazing Gentlemonster section (their store display is always so amazing and creative), and first thing I did was walking in, acting all confident, but secretly checking out whether any sales would approach me. Luckily all the guys in there didn't seem very interested. I tried on a couple sunglasses and decided on the illusion 01, because they reminded me of the big black framed sunglasses Audrey Hepburn wore in 'Breakfast at Tiffany's'. And I really love Audrey Hepburn and that movie. The sunglasses came in a black box, black bag, and allblackeverything (maybe you have seen it in my latest haul video). These glasses were just like made for me. (I mean, #allblack brand identity???)
WHERE TO BUY & HOW MUCH DO THEY COST ?
So after I uploaded my Haul video, a lot o people in Vietnam asked me where to buy the Gentlemonster sunglasses, and I honestly had no answer to this question so I did some research for you guys. You can buy them through their official online shop for 215$, OR ask someone to bring them back to you from Korea, which will be the cheapest option. Retailing at about 180$ and 166$ in tax free area, you will be off cheapest. Oddly, when I googled my pair sunglasses, there were no top international retailers among the searching results and I gave up after page 2. In Vietnam, there are some people in Hanoi who sell the real ones (remember, the packaging is all black!!!), but they sell them at US retail price. An average of 4mil. (They probably import them from Korea and make little profit from the price difference). Anyway, I'm really pleased with the quality of the product (Zeiss glasses, robust plastic), and I do get my 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' every time I put them on. Major love !