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Tis  the season  when new eyewear is arriving at all of our locations.  We’d like to share with you a selection of  styles and innovations  from the current collections.

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 The gorgeous iridescence  of  the ‘Frisson’ model from Dita Eyewear is sure to thrill !

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Tis  the season  when new eyewear is arriving at all of our locations.  We’d like to share with you a selection of  styles and innovations  from the current collections.

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Complimentary duo tones and contemporary shapes  distinguish Bevel frames from the rest.

 

 

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Tis the season  when new eyewear  is arriving at all of our locations.  We’d like to share with you a selection of  styles and innovations  from the current collections.

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The irreverent play of proportions continues  to be a  feature of the  Thom Browne  collection.

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Rare and Refined

19 Nov
2013

A new addition to our selection of Cartier frames is a handsome and exceptional sunglass. Crafted from the burl wood of a tree native to the Ambon Island in Indonesia, the temples of this model feature a distinctive tangled vain. The rare grain of the wood is complimented by the smooth champagne gold finish of the C Decor at the hinge.

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Amboyna burls yield very peculiar and highly figured wood.  The beauty of  this highly prized material  is most commonly  featured in examples of  exquisite marquetry. 

Campaign Secretary of Exotic Amboyna and Ivory inlay c.1820-40. Image sourced from 1stdibs.com

Campaign Secretary of Exotic Amboyna and Ivory inlay c.1820-40. Image sourced from 1stdibs.com

An  alternative to the precious Cartier frame which features a faux burl motif is produced by the French  eyewear company Vue dc…   The rich red colour and grain-like pattern  of this  zyl  frame are  equally exceptional .

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The Eye Sees

15 Nov
2013

“The eye sees only what the  mind is prepared to comprehend.”

Robertson Davies

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Charles- Edouard Jeanneret-Gris photographed by Willy Rizzo, 1953.

Charles- Edouard Jeanneret-Gris photographed by Willy Rizzo, 1953.

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Seductive Duo Tones

15 Nov
2013

The latest collection of frames from Orgreen Optics beautifully balances subdued mat finishes with glossy opulence.  It’s as though the  extremes of a  nuanced  theatrical performance and a flashy closing number  have been paired  to offer the breadth  of a visual experience.

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  The play of textures and the connotations  they evoke are intentionally based on expressive performances. The inspiration behind Orgreen’s currant campaign are cinematic style, theatrical documentary, film noir and strong dynamics.

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  Named after actors of such renowned as ‘Bogart’, film directors and sultry Bond Girls, the new frames now available at our locations   should have broad appeal.

Still shot of  Bacall and Bogart from the film trailer for Dark Passage, 1947.

Still shot of Bacall and Bogart from the
film trailer of Dark Passage, 1947.

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  Pairings of colours such as Mat Copenhagen Blue with Shiny Gold and Mat Safari with Palladium offer a complex and elegant  titanium alternative to the bolder statement of an acetate frame.

 

 

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Architect, patron, photographer, writer, museum director, curator and philanthropist- Montreal resident Phyllis Lambert is each.

Saidye Bronfman Centre. Designed by Phyllis Lambert.
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Fonds Phyllis Lambert, Collection Centre Canadien d’Archictecture

At the age of 27 she implored  her father, liquor tycoon Samuel Bronfman, to re-evaluate his options in regards to the construction of the Seagram Building, the company’s American headquarters office tower at 375 Park Avenue in New York City. In a letter to her father Phyllis wrote  in the  margin that “it is quiet elegance, harmony, sobriety, humility that makes beauty, not flashiness.”

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Ezra Stoller | Seagram Building, Mies van der Rohe with Philip Johnson, New York, NY, 1958 | Gelatin Silver Print | © Ezra Stoller, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York

The young visionary was  astute in choosing  to employ architects Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and his protege Philip Johnson to design the site. Under her guidance as director of planning the Seagram Building became the landmark of 20th century architecture.

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Phyllis Lambert photographed by Marie-Claude Hamel

Phyllis was also astute in choosing to wear frames from the Danish company Lindberg.  Their designs from the AIR Titanium RIM collection live up to her estimations of beauty for they achieve a quite elegance, harmony and sobriety.  The minimalist aesthetics and construction of  Lindberg’s eyewear must appeal to the architect’s sensibilities.

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The n.o.w. collection is currently available at our stores. These innovative new models weigh only 2.3 grams. Their fronts are constructed of a composite material to a thickness of only 2 mm. Thin titanium temples and nose pad arms complete the designs and  are classic  Lindberg features.  Surly Phyllis would approve.

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