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Vernon lee, 1881, by John Singer Sargent from the collection of the Tate Britain

Vernon Lee , 1881, by John Singer Sargent from the collection of the Tate Britain

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Refinement Redux

15 Mar
2014

Although conceptualized in  Toulouse, France, the ‘ELEGANTES’ collection from Anne et Valentin aims to achieve a very English sense of extravagance that, to the company’s description, “effortlessly combines discretion AND excess”.

These refined frames are  based on classic shapes rendered in modern form. Sober colours coal black and chocolate are paired with matte and gloss gold and silver to produce understated yet intriguing  results.

The models from the collection are named after the Irish author Samuel BECKETT, English poet William BLAKE, English author Samuel BUTLER and English authors Emily and Charlotte BRONTE.  All were  watchful, reflective types who kept their eyes on the world around them.

We hope our  male and female clients, alike, will appreciate these alternatives to the trend of conspicuous extremes . They represent a resurgence of refinement and an economy of scale.

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Detail Oriented

12 Mar
2014

We are eager  to highlight some exceptional details from  models of our recent stock of  Sama Eyewear.   President and designer Sheila Vance continues to inspire us with creations which  materialize  in the confluence of fashion, luxury and technology.

A leader in the research and development of fabrication techniques for  eyewear,  Sama was the first to induce 100% pure titanium to the optical industry.  Each frame is manufactured, assembled and hand-finished in Japan to exacting standards.

The use of specialized lasers  and casting techniques ensures the consistent production of seamless, jewelry grade frame components.  The range of styles and motifs within the collection is extensive.  Unique coined edging and hand-lacquered cloisonne adorn many models.

Some remarkable pieces produced  in collaboration with jewelry designer Loree  Rodkin feature 24k gold and 18k rose gold plated embellishments.

 

Beautiful frames featuring laminations  of Japanese zyl, inlays of rare woods and genuine carbon fiber round out the collection which is showcased  prominently at our flagship location.

 

 

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Brace For Impact

04 Mar
2014

Aircraft Spotter, London, 1943

 

The recent revival of  vintage sunglass  features such as flat based lenses with reflective surfaces and cupped temporal shields has us in a nostalgic mood.

Looking as modern today as in decades past, the presence  of these conspicuous adornments and treatments commands your attention.  Though they may lack the utility of their initial intent, these features certainly evoke an allure.

  Matsuda Eyewear has produced a model which is  the most striking example of  this trend.  Exquisitely crafted, it incorporates elements of  matte acetate with  fine metal filigree and laser etched motifs.  It’s beautifully embossed leather side shields are hand-stitched with precision.   This marvel is a rare accomplishment and  epitomizes the level of craftsmanship for which the  exclusive brand is revered.

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Flashing Back

04 Mar
2014

Edward Nugent and Josephine Dunn in Our Modern Maidens (Jack Conway, 1929)

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  There is a perpetual need for us to stock  a selection of refined and elegant frames that cater to the tastes of individuals who regard ‘classics’ with some reverence. Now  on hand at our Flagship location are some  frames by Oliver Goldsmith London.

  The optical frame division of this family business, founded by Philip Oliver Goldsmith in 1926, is overseen by a third generation Oliver Goldsmith.  Utilizing the original patterns and  standards of care of their predecessors,  the current craftsmen continue to produce coveted styles free of embellishment and conspicuous excess.

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Definitive Style

04 Mar
2014

My paternal Grandmother was born in Kindersley, Saskatchewan in 1910 and lived on a farm  in Nottawasaga Township, Ontario until her death in 1942.  I can only assume this photograph of her truthfully  captures the playful spirit and warmth I feel she is expressing.   I would hope that,  had she lived long enough, she would have accommodated my sensibilities and that we may have shared some tastes.

Annie Irene Hahn c.1940

I surely admire her style.  Despite her modest means this image suggests that she was intuitively aware of what flattered her. She may have had few options at her disposal, but, to my eye, she made the right choices.

I can’t imagine my Grandmother  in any other fashion  of eyeglass than that which she wore.  It is  evocative of  her time, of frugality and modest refinement.  But the shape of her frame was quirky enough to suggest its owner  expressed some cheek.  Like her pearls, the glasses may have been one of  a  few investments she allowed herself  in order to define her personal style.

I wonder how her look  might have evolved had she lived through additional eras of excess and experimentation?  To my taste, at least, the effect achieved by what she made do with could not be surpassed.  It was becoming to her.

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The work of artist P183, Moscow, 2012. Image c. REX FEATURES

If it seems there may be no reprieve from the ravages of winter on your psyche,  take heart.  Daylight Savings Time begins shortly.  In addition to the  the added hour of daylight expect the return of warmth and vibrancy to your life.

   Even as the snow continues to drift around us, we can offer you our  inspiring new stock of bright and cheerful frames from Germany’s Walter Wissing & Co..  These charming creations  feature a remarkable range of colour in a single frame without appearing lurid.  Their design is  a masterful balance of  sophistication with an irreverence of convention.

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