While their function may be to shield your eyes from harmful UV rays, sunglasses also serve as an essential fashion accessory that can either make or break an entire look. Sure, there's a plethora of stylish shades to choose from out there, but if you really want to stand out from the crowd, look no further than the sunnies featured in our very own "Shade to Mind" editorial.

Starring two of the most prominent figures in New York City's fashion underworld, Alees Yvon and Jason Santore, the spread flaunts a series of sunglasses by Coco & Breezy, a favorite among A-list celebs including Beyoncé, Rihanna and Jaden Smith, and Gentle Monster, who's been spotted on the face of just about every contemporary chart-topping K-pop artist around.

Photographed around the bustling (and scorching) streets of Manhattan's Financial District, models can be seen sporting a variety of this season's most eye-grabbing shades while wearing merchandise from seminal NYC underground club night, GHE20GH0TH1K.

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