my new sunglasses are a pair of ray-ban. i had a pair that i bought 8 years ago, for $200. $200 now is typical for nice frames, but 8 years ago it was a major splurge. then again, they lasted 8 years. they would have lasted longer but i seem to have misplaced them. i was very pleasantly surprised to find this pair (top pic), which are very similar to my last pair, and $100 less. i feel confident in ray-bans as a product. they are made in italy and manufactured by the same company that produces frames for chanel, prada, burberry, and a host of others (i am only a label snob when i don't have to pay for the hype). ray-bans were also worn by models on the hermes spring '07 runway (second pic, from style.com).
levi is another brand i feel good about, but not across the board. i am specifically loyal to men's levi shrink-to-fit 501 jeans and they will always be a part of my wardrobe. i have 2 pairs, one a shorter length, right to the ankle, and now i recently purchased a slightly longer pair that i will save for fall. despite the appearance in this picture, they are a true straight-leg, "normal rise", 100% trend-free. jeans, for me, are a rough and rugged masculine basic that beautifully balance a feminine piece or attitude. i don't have to treat them as precious, and that wear & tear only enhances their appeal and beauty. clothing that gets better with age is such a rare rare thing.
what are your go-to brands?