Oftentimes in the fashion scene, underrated superbrands can survive without having to ride on mainstream popularity. Instead, they are able to achieve success in their own discreet ways. One such brand is Gentle Monster, a giant sunglasses brand hailing from South Korea. It may not be as ubiquitous as other luxury brands, but it boasts of an impressive portfolio nonetheless.
To wit, the brand offers well-made sunnies that range from classic designs to avant garde pieces that have garnered an A-list following, including Beyonce, Rihanna, and Gigi Hadid. Plus, the brand has collaborated with super cool names like Alexander Wang, Tilda Swinton, and Opening Ceremony.
If you’re a K-drama fanatic, then you’ve probably seen this brand before without you knowing it! Gentle Monster has long been one of the go-to sunnies brands in TV shows, worn by your favorite Korean celebrities. Here are some we’ve spotted so far. Given how flattering they look on these celebs, we wouldn’t blame you if you'd want to cop your own pair, too!
Park Min-Young in "Her Private Life"
East Moon 01, $259 (approximately P13,179), GENTLE MONSTER, gentlemonster.com
We totally stan Sung Deok-mi (Park Min-Young) and Ryan Gold (Kim Jae-Wook) as a couple, and we can’t resist their on-point outfits! Here, Park Min-Young makes a case for the versatility of black sunnies and how it instantly ups the cool factor of any outfit.
Son Ye-Jin in "Crash Landing on You"
MY MA 01, $249 (approximately P12,670), GENTLE MONSTER, gentlemonster.com
We fell head over heels for Yoon Se-ri’s (played by Son Ye-Jin) layered looks in Crash Landing on You, but we love her sophisticated OOTDs just as much—especially when she tops them off with cool sunnies like this oversized black pair!
Seo Ji-Hye in "Crash Landing on You"
Dans M01, $280 (approximately P14,247), GENTLE MONSTER, gentlemonster.com
Cat-eye frames are often associated with a sense of empowered femininity, which definitely suits Seo Ji-Hye’s character, Seo Dan. Here, she matches a romantic pussybow blouse with sleek cat-eye shades that may shield her skin from UV rays but don’t conceal her powerful emotions.
Kim Da-Mi in "Itaewon Class"
Lang 01, $249 (approximately P12,670), GENTLE MONSTER, gentlemonster.com
Fiesty Jo Yi-Seo (played by Kim Da-Mi) from Itaewon Class complements her adorable hairstyle and hounstooth coat with a pair of round sunglasses in a classic black colorway. Don't you think it makes her chic initial pendant stand out even more?
Park Seo-Joon in "Itaewon Class"
Lang 01 K, $249 (approximately P12,670), GENTLE MONSTER, gentlemonster.com
Did we just spot a matchy-matchy situation here? Yup, we did! Park Seo Joon wore the same sunnies as Kim Da-Mi, only in a different colorway! Here, he sports the Lang 01 with a black frame and green-tinted lenses.
Kim Go-Eun in "The King: Eternal Monarch"
Chameleon 02 (BR), $280 (approximately P14,247), GENTLE MONSTER, gentlemonster.com
Netflix’s upcoming drama starring Lee Min Ho and Kim Go-Eun has everyone feeling giddy with excitement, and the fashion makes us look forward to it even more! Check out Kim Go-Eun in these fabulous cat-eye sunnies with a metallic frame.