Dita sunglasses
Kim Kardashian in Dita frames; wide-ranging Dita styles

While the rest of the country might be easing into the darkening days of autumn, here in L.A., September is the third-sunniest month of the year. We're freshening up our look by treating ourselves to a new pair of sunglasses from local company Dita.

This 16-year-old company has made a global name for itself with fashion-forward styles made in Japan. The team is proud of its fine craftsmanship, which involves hand-cut frames that are polished in a tumbler full of bamboo beads for a week, so the glossy finish isn't from a lacquer coating but instead an integral part of the frame.

Okay, so they're made well. We're more interested in their eye-catching styles. So many to choose from: cat-eye shapes (Savoy and Vesoul styles), sporty looks (Transmission and Flight) and even expressionistic metal designs (Mariposa).

Most frames range from $350 to $700, and polarized, optical glass Lancier collection frames run up to $1,000. Sure, they're pricey, but it's a bargain for shades that ensure you'll look sharp.

Dita, 7625 Melrose Ave.; 323-658-7078 or dita.com

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