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Sean Michael Beolchini’s top 5 frames available now.

Sean Michael Beolchini was 17 years old when he started interning for RETROSUPERFUTURE co-founder Daniel Beckerman. By age 21, Beolchini and team were spray-painting homemade sunglasses samples to show them to press and buyers at tradeshows. Fast forward eight years and the once-humble Italian label is now one of the most sought after and fashion-forward eyewear brands in the world; and it’s got collaborations with the likes of Rihanna, Carhartt WIP and A.P.C. prove it.

A flagship store in SoHo, New York is also home to RETROSUPERFUTURE’s small U.S. office, where you can find Beolchini behind the cashier’s counter, often working on a couch. Now the Creative Director of RETROSUPERFUTURE, Beolchini oversees the design direction of each of the brand’s seasonal and one-off collections, temporarily having moved to New York to take care of the store’s opening.

Now with another complete store in LA, Beolchini is looking to move back to Milan – “or wherever, I don’t know yet,” the recent dad says. But before his departure we wanted to get a hold of him to ask just which of the coveted RETROSUPERFUTURE frames he likes most. He made five concise picks for us, which are all available now. Peep them below.


RETROSUPERFUTURE was the first brand to use only lens for a full pair of sunglasses. The black Carl Zeiss body of the FLAT TOP silhouette made the cut for Sean’s Top 5. This TUTTOLENTE series – Italian for “all lens” – is lightweight and scratch- and crack-proof.


Sean’s second pick is the TUTTOLENTE PALOMA, a relatively more feminine shape than the FLAT TOP, but still just as futuristic and cool.


The GIAGUARO comes in many colorways, but Sean sticks with the classics. This matte black frame with mirrored lenses is an easy everyday wear. A sleek brow bar finishes it off.


4. Carhartt WIP Collaboration “JAYCEE”

Part of RETROSUPERFUTURE’s ongoing collaboration with Carhartt WIP, this JAYCEE in matte moss green also comes with mirror lenses. It’s a refreshing colorway for the summer season; just look at how good it looks next to greenery.

5. Carhartt WIP Collaboration “DICKINSON”

This ’50s-inspired shape, also part of the Carhartt WIP collab, retains an overall classic feel but is much more than just classic. Thin metal rims around the bottom half of the lenses make the glasses stand out, but not too much.

Shop more of RETROSUPERFUTURE’s current offering here and look forward to more special projects from the brand including one with Mark Gonzales. Coming soon.

  • Photography: Thomas Welch for Highsnobiety.com
Words by Elaine YJ Lee