Who started it? California frame-making brand SALT. was established in 2006 by eyewear industry veterans. Designed in America and handcrafted in Japan, SALT. frames are a marriage of maximum luxury and minimalist design.


Why we love it: in a world where the word "luxury" has been stretched so far that it has become almost meaningless, SALT. provides a welcome dose of exclusivity. Any accessory that's handmade is a winner in our book, but we also love the brash independence of the brand, which translates into attention-grabbing frames.


What we'd pick: with a huge range of styles and variations, all exhibiting SALT.'s signature minimalism, it's tough to pick standouts. But if asked to choose the most eye-popping, we would go for the Deirdre (top right; HK$4,120), a super-glam pair of butterfly sunglasses made of purple acetate. If you're looking for something a little more retro then we recommend the Goodwin (below; HK$4,250), a wonderful mixture of acetate and alloy, with a 1920s and 30s-inspired design.


Where can you get it? SALT. is available at Puyi Optical, 1881 Heritage, 2A Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2631 1881.