What happens when you combine cheeky Lolita-style heart-shaped sunglasses with retro cat-eyes? The most Instagrammable replica sunglasses of the summer. The double tap–worthy eyewear comes courtesy of Takesh, a replica ray ban sunglasses label by Niki Takesh, a DJ-actress-photographer-artist and downtown New York–by–way–of–L.A. cool girl. Already, the head-turning sunnies have been worn by the likes of Victoria’s Secret Angel Martha Hunt, photographer and director Petra Collins, and model Ruby Aldridge.
Takesh first imagined the funky marriage of the two silhouettes three years ago, after she found it difficult to find a perfect pair of either. “The cat-eye ones were really always hard to find, and you’d have to get them vintage. They were either a really weird size or the material was too light,” she says. “I’ve always wanted to remake the vintage-inspired cheap sunglasses that were high-quality and felt really nice. All of the ’50s-style vintage replca sunglasses that I have don’t stay on your face.” The sleek results are priced at $169 and come in black (with the option of rose- or blue-tinted lenses), classic red, and a fresh light blue—all complete with a glitter-coated case.
Knowing that cat-eye and heart-shaped frames can sometimes appear costumey, Takesh added additional features like a Ray-Ban-esque silver decal on the corners. “I wanted there to be a difference between mine and the cheap party costume-store ones,” she says. Her friend, nail artist Madeline Poole, chimes in on the phone to give an impromptu quote: “I was surprised because I really didn’t think this style was going to look good on my face, but they look amazing because they are slenderized so they aren’t those St. Marks glasses,” she says, referring to the East Village street known for punky, inexpensive accessories shops. “The blue lenses make everything crispy and HD outside.”
Takesh plans to expand her offerings in the near future: Along with more color options for the hit hybrid shape, she wants the label to be a way for artists, designers, and her friends to collaborate and dream up their ultimate shades. “People always fantasize about making cheap ray ban sunglasses because it is so hard to find the right ones,” she says. “There is always something you that you want to exist.”