Conceived out of necessity by Elizabeth Faraut, La LOOP is a coveted and functional eyewear accessory. So much more than a necklace, her patented design features a double-hinged sterling silver loop that stays flat. This feature ensures that one’s glasses will not twist and turn or fall out.
Current styles feature a sophisticated range of textures and finishes. A rose gold loop paired with red agate and rose pyrite is one exceptional addition to the collection. Classic models, such as the Clifton, are now available in a pairing of a satin gold loop with metallic gold dyed Italian leather.
Rugged and timeless, the braided version is now offered in a combination of camel coloured leather and gold plated silver.
Simple, modern and authentic, la LOOPs are available at all Josephson Optician locations throughout Toronto.
Should you be mountaineering at high altitudes this winter or merely bracing against the elements in an urban setting, our new assortment of sunglasses providing stylish coverage will serve you well in either setting.
Recent arrivals to Josephson Opticians crafted by Matsuda, Garrett Leight and MYLON cup and envelop the eyes to minimize peripheral light and wind exposure.
Engraved titanium combined with matte acetate, hand crafted in Japan by Matsuda.
MYKITA MYLON’s laser sintered creation, hand assembled in Germany.
MYLON model Jiro is a light weight, extremely durable 3D printed offering sealed in a hydrophobic nano-coating. All MYKITA sunglasses feature certified Carl Zeiss precision lenses.
The Wilson with sun shields by Garrett Leight California Optical.
Wilson is a stainless steel frame featuring classic Windsor rim treatment. Fitted with flat based lenses and acetate shields, this model is a contemporary accessory imbued with vintage style.
A new assortment of styles from Paris based Studio FB are currently available at Josephson Optician’s Flagship location. These models are a great value and are modestly priced. Produced to compliment the hand-crafted, higher-end eyewear designed by artesian Frederic Beausoleil, this collection offers contemporary styling within the means of the thrifty.
The frames feature a unique, pliable material comprised of acetate and wood fiber, laminated in alternating layers of solid and mottled colours. The interior of the temples nearest their tips are polished to ensure a comfortable fit, while the frame exteriors feature a matte, textured finish emulating wood grain. The earthy colourings of the composite materials are paired with metal components in equally appealing antiqued finishes.
You are invited to view the full range of the Studio FB offerings, as well as Frederic Beausoleil’s eponymous collection, at our Flagship location.
Lunor frames are stylishly retrospective: The restrained, classic appearance of these premium spectacles makes them true collector’s items. Founded by Gernot Linder in 1991, the German company continues to produce handmade frames with traditional methods to exacting standards.
Lunor frames are electroplated with up to four layers of precious metals and receive a final coating of Epoxy Phenolic in order to achieve a beautiful and durable shine. Antique finishes are achieved by artisans who hand-brush each frame.
Two exceptional models of folding frames are featured at Josephson Optician’s Flagship location. Their elegant articulation is proof of their worth and functionality. Customized cases crafted from domestic hardwoods accompany each style and are sure to fascinate connoisseurs with an eye for precise details.
For those who’s style is assured yet understated, we offer a range of Lunor designs at each of our locations.
In 1978 vanguard and visionary Alain Mikli opened his design studio in Paris. His illustrious career and innovative eyewear creations have inspired generations of devotees. Few have dared to produce imitations, but many collaborations, with the likes of Philip Stark, Claude Montana, Jill Sanders and Delfina Delettrez, have occurred over the decades. Josephson Opticians has had a long relationship with the designer and we have had the privilege to facilitated rare personal appearances on occasion.
Alain Mikli’s recent designs incorporate unconventional combinations of colours and complex laminations of patterned acetates. Full of volume, these sculptural forms have a luminous quality and are remarkably exuberant.
As influential as his own creations are, it is worth noting that Mikli’s engagement with art is a source of his inspiration. The intense visual stimulation of the work of minimalist artist Sol Lewitt and post modernist designer Ettore Sottsas have had an effect on Mikli.
Jim Lambie’s Metal Box (Dancing Orchid) 2014
James “Jim” Lambie is a contemporary visual artist, and was shortlisted for the 2005 Turner Prize. His sculptures and instillations explore the psychology of space and colour. Lambie’s work, and that of Sonia Delaunay, who cofounded the Orphism art movement c. 1912, inspired Mikli’s latest offerings. Their design principals and concepts have been masterfully applied to the creation of his impressive eyewear.
Delauney was the first living female artist to have a retrospective exhibition at the Louvre.
We invite you to view Alain Mikli’s unique collection at Josephson Opticians locations throughout Toronto.
Enseigne du caberet “le chat noir”, Adolphe Léon Willette. Copyright c.c. Musée Carnavalt / Roger-Viollet
Like the enduring allure of feline attributes, beautiful frames of lasting quality will continue to entice and charm. New, feminine models from Dita Eyewear and Claire Goldsmith feature hallmarks of old world craftsmanship while affecting the aura of the cat.
Hand crafted in Japan, Dita models Rebella and Willow are both bold and seductive. Their sleek lines emulate the stealth and supple grace of a cat. These frames should appeal to the free spirited and rebellious!
Offerings from Claire Goldsmith’s Legacy Collection pay homage to the spirit of vintage styling. The rich warm colouring of model Rixon in tortoise and plum is ideal for the season. The style is romantic and versatile. A woman wearing them could appear as confident or as aloof as a cat, depending on her mood!
The caption from this Sept. 10, 1980 photo reads: It was fun all round at the Toronto Festival Of Festivals ’50s rock ‘n’ roll party at the Masonic Temple on Yonge St. last night, One of the biggest names to show up at beer and hot dog bash following premiere of the movie Suzanne was actor Jack Lemmon, accompanied by his Canadian co-star in the movie Tribute, Kim Cattrall (left), and Bulgarian actress Irena Maleeva (right). (DOUG GRIFFIN/TORONTO STAR ARCHIVES)
Since its inception in 1976, the “Festival Of Festivals” has grown and evolved into the much revered “Toronto International Film Festival”. Respected cinephile Roger Ebert had suggested our film festival was second only to Cannes in importance and influence internationally. It has also facilitated the screening of Canadian made films and the promotion of local talent over four decades.
For those of you queuing up for a TIFF premiere or just heading out to the grocer, Josephson Opticians offers you two options of glamorous glasses appropriate for either occasion!
Flattering and flirtatious, this new offering from Cartier incorporates the Trinity motif which originated as a ring design in 1924. Three interlocking bands of pink, white and yellow gold adorn the temple of this sophisticated model.
The unique twisted temple is die-stamped under extreme pressure, rather than die cast, to ensure its durability. Precious two-toned gold and palladium finishes overlay the metal alloy base of the frame chassis. This luxurious and alluring piece is evocative of old Hollywood glamour and the timeless elegance associated with the Maison Cartier.
Worthy of equal consideration, this model from Anne et Valentin’s CinemaScope collection subverts the equation of glamour with glitz. Featuring bezeled surfaces of contrasting matte and gloss surfaces, this interpretation of glamour is contemporary and free of cliché.
Josephson Opticians offers you these glamorous options and more at our locations throughout Toronto.