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18 Jul
2016
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To  work with eyewear fashioned from  unconventional materials and innovative fabrication techniques is extremely gratifying .  It compels an optician to master new skills in order to care for and properly maintain a product. Often unique tools must be provided by a frame manufacturer in order to preform adjustments with accuracy and precision without compromising the integrity of a material.  Our compliance and perseverance ultimately benefits the end wearer’s experience  and strengthens our relationships with manufacturers dedicated to the development and improvement of  exceptional products.

Josephson Opticians has made great investments in the support of  manufacturers such as LINDBERG and MYKITA , who in turn provide us with specialized training and expedited  access to a broader range of products within their collections than may be available through other affiliates.  We have had the fortune to be the premier source of many limited addition pieces and new releases within  North America.

A sample from MYKITA‘s innovative MYLON collection

A result of MYKITA‘s ongoing research and development of  fabrication techniques lead to the award winning production of the MYLON collection in 2011. This collection has become a staple of the majority of Josephson Optician locations ever since.

 MYKITA was the first frame manufacturer to utilize Selective Laser Sintering techniques in the production of eyewear. MYLON frames materialize when the heat from a laser bonds particles of the  powdered form of synthetic nylon polyamides.  The process produces frames of extreme durability and lightness of weight.  Unique colourations and textured surfaces are additional features of this collection.

An elegant offering from Gold & Wood Eyepieces

Gold & Wood Eyepieces are another alternative to the conventionally constructed frames which inundate the market. Handcrafted in Luxembourg and available through Josephson Opticians since  1995, the collection has evolved through the  merger of a tradition of fine craftsmanship with industrial innovation.

Exceptional creations result from the complex layering  of fine veneers of precious species of woods with layers of aluminum or natural horn. Varnish sanding and hand polishing lend additional depth and dimension to these refined objects.

 

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Detail of Poonam Aunty, Upping the Aunty Series, Acrylic and fabric on canvas, 2016 by Meera Sethi

 

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Clip Art

18 Jul
2016
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Josephson Opticians was recently honored with an impromptu visit from the founder of Garrett Leight California Optical as he acquainted himself with retail partners in Toronto.

In their fifth year of production, Garrett’s frames  continue to be designed in California and proudly crafted in the People’s Republic of China, where  masters of skilled hand detailing are teamed with cutting edge production technology.  Each style  features subtle details in fit, material and proportion that make it unique.

In anticipation of our clientele’s need for protection from the harmful effects of the bright summer sun we are stocked with an assortment of GLCO  UV blocking sunglasses and clips. A special piece is the result of Garrett’s collaboration with French eyewear designer Thierry Lasry. Their pairing of a distinctive acetate frame and a speckled Windsor rimed clip achieves a dramatic effect.

 

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Join us at our Flagship location for an exclusive presentation of the latest collection of Lindberg Eyewear.  This will be a unique opportunity for the public – the premier viewing of new models in North America– in advance of the collection being released to the trade at New York’s Vision Expo.

Lindberg’s Sales and Marketing Director  Peter Warrer  will be in attendance in order to promote the brand’s unique design innovations.

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Why Not White?

05 Apr
2016
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Chalk, ivory, snow and milk- each are white in colour and evocative of  an unblemished and organic purity.  Whites are basic, but not lacking in complexity.  The interplay between whites and light can produce subtle variations in their appearance.  In contrast, the deliberate placement  of a white object against a darker or coloured ground can have dramatic impact, as the angles and edges of that object become more sharply defined.

Thierry Lasry’s pairing of white and gold

An appreciation of  white as a stark accent colour has been made evident by its inclusion within several noteworthy eyewear collections featured at Josephson Opticians this season.  Accessorize an assemble with  sublime, hand-crafted acetate sunglasses by Theirry Lasry and Kaleos Eyehunters.  The later brand is based in Barcelona Spain and is currently available in Canada  exclusively at our locations throughout Toronto.

Futuristic forms from Kaleos Eyehunters

White stained, piano varnished, ebony wood temples are featured on one particularly exceptional Chrome Hearts frame.   The temples are paired with an antique finished titanium  front and are further enhanced with fine sterling silver decor.  This white wonder is available for viewing at our Flagship location.

Refined sophistication crafted by Chrome Hearts

 

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Motley mixtures of patterns and colours featured on a single frame command attention and may inspire awe! The creations of Germany’s Walter Wissing & Co. manage to be expressions of an exuberant nature without appearing garish. They are simultaneously whimsical and sophisticated.

During our recent visit to the Silmo World Optical Fair held in Paris we committed to the purchase of a great variety of hand crafted frames from Walter Wissing & Co..  The unique pairings of colours and patterns are produced to our specifications and each frame made for us bears the Josephson name.

We are most excited about the arrival of a curated selection of styles featuring abstracted motifs evocative of  woven textiles composed of bold ethnographic and tribal patterns.

Skillfully printed upon acetate, these motifs  are further enhanced by additional laminations of zyl in complimentary colours. These striking frames should appeal to those with eclectic tastes and an appreciation of a bohemian aesthetic.

 

 

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The juxtaposition of contrasting elements within a single frame remains the most consistent design trend observed at recent SILMO World Optical Fairs we have attended in  Paris.  These “hybrid” forms are often elegant examples of refined attention to subtle detailing.

A LINDBERG N.O.W model presented in a newly released matte finish

Details on Frederic Beausoleil’s exquisite sunglass references the  design elements of musical instruments produced by Stradivarius

The three frames depicted here  happen to feature unburnished  metal components paired with matte finished acetates or composite materials.

A tailored offering from BEVEL Eyewear

You are invited to appreciate these and similar contemporary styles at Josephson Optician locations throughout Toronto.

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Rose gold plating adorned many frames featured during the  SILMO World Optical Fair held in Paris. Warm and flush, the colouring flatters most skin tones and is a nuanced alternative to the more common yellow.

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Matsuda Eyewear’s sophisticated pairing of rose gold and silver finishes

In Rebecca Mead’s  New Yorker Magazine article  entitled The Semiotics of “Rose Gold” she suggests that “it is gold that has an inclination to be something else. Rose gold is perverse”.  It is also current and conspicuous  in new  collections by Theirry Lasry, Oliver Peoples and LINDBERG Eyewear.

A rose colouring on titanium from LINDBERG

The varying percentage of copper alloy combined with gold influences the appearance of plating. Pink gold uses the least amount of copper, followed by rose gold, and red gold has the highest copper content.

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A rose gold finish paired with a Rose Quartz Mirrored lens by Oliver Peoples

 

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[Subway Passenger, New York City: Young Man Wearing Eyeglasses] Artist: Walker Evans (American, St. Louis, Missouri 1903–1975 New Haven, Connecticut) Date: January 25, 1941 Rights and Reproduction: © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Soft shapes, such as ovals and the like, were reintroduced to many collections showcased at the SILMO World Optical Fair.  Smooth looking  and sophisticated, the  oval appears flattering on many faces.

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Minimal refinement offered by MYKITA

Any point of an oval belongs to an arc with a constant radius whereas in an ellipse the radius is continuously changing. This shapes’ characteristic eccentricity makes it a welcome alternative to harder edged forms.

A bold presentation from Francis Klein

Ellipses are common in physics, astronomy and engineering. For example, the orbit of each planet in the solar system is approximately an ellipse. These shapes are naturally suited to frame one’s eyes!

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A voluminous oval by Anne et Valentin inspired by Alexander Calder mobiles

Elegant in their simplicity, these soft, symmetric forms can be appreciated at Josephson locations throughout Toronto.

 

 

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