Shopping for shades online, why not? It’s easy, fast and you don’t have to bump into people you don’t want to see while shopping.

But when it comes to buying sunglasses online, many people don’t know how to go about getting the highest quality products at the best possible prices. It usually involves reading plenty of reviews and research. If you’ve purchased a pair of Mawu shades before, you’ll know that the quality is second to none.

But if you’re still a little unsure, here’s a quick guide to understanding the materials used in all Mawu shades.


All Mawu eyewear frames are handcrafted from the highest quality plant based acetate materials. Acetate is some seriously epic stuff! It’s a form of sustainable cotton and wood fibres, and is used by designers to get the highest quality and premium feel - without compromising on the natural and comfortable feel when wearing them.

Some benefits of acetate include:

  • It’s easy on the environment as it is made from renewable materials
  • It’s hypoallergenic which means your skin won’t be affected
  • Comes in a wide range of colour options, resisting fading and cracking
  • Can be made beautifully transparent
  • High grade versions are fit adjustable

Because of the unique characteristics of the natural material, it can, at times, adapt to the natural environment. These unique qualities can be used to adjust and reshape the frames to adjust for the optimum and most comfortable fit. Since not all face shapes are the same, (Here’s a guide to choosing sunglasses for your face shape).

If you’re wanting to reshape your acetate shades, watch this video.


All Mawu eyewear sunglasses are fitted with category 3 CR39 polarised lenses. The lenses are also UV400 rated, which blocks the harmful sun rays and protects your eyes. Mawu’s lens collection ranges from mirrored, dark and light grey, brown and more.

Metal Frames

The Mawu sophisticated metal range is made with an audacious attitude. The high quality lightweight anodised metal is the best metal available for eyewear. It’s both strong and flexible, providing a comfortable fit. Standard options come in gold or silver anodised, and are highly scratch, peel and chip resistant.


And let’s not forget about the hinges - another area Mawu has perfected. There's nothing worse than screws popping out, seriously, it sucks.

Mawu uses 3 barrelled hinges, which are attached to the frames for better durability and comfort. The hinges are mounted to the wire core, giving the frame strength throughout its entire construction. The hinges are also coated, which improves longevity and gives a smoother opening and closing of the temples.

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