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Now that the sun has reappeared, it’s an opportune time for us to promote protective eyewear.

Our new assortment of flirtatious sunglasses, hand-crafted by Anne et Valentin,  is a sure sign that things are looking up!  They will comfort your eyes without compromising on style.

The collection’s Sunset City concept offers dense acetate forms with beveled fronts and sculpted temples. These contemporary  frames are ideal accessories for  al-fresco lunches and quick getaways in convertibles!

The Forma Color collection combines contrasting elements in order to achieve a bold effect.

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Sturdy matte finished  metals are balanced by soft  and polished acetate surfaces.

Syrupy, opaline and translucent tones lend added depth and character to these bold geometric forms.

We invite you to venture out and to appreciate these utterly modern creations, in person, at our Flagship location.

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Tailor Made

11 Apr
2015

 

Thom Browne‘s maverick approach to tailoring and radical interpretation of traditional forms  has inspired many men to sharpen their image in respects to how they dress. Extremes of proportions and the unconventional use of suiting fabrics are incorporated into his designs.  The slim and narrow silhouettes created by Thom’s  garments  have earned him a cult following and the Menswear Designer of the Year Award by the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of  America).

Thom Browne dressing a model backstage at his 2015 Fall/Winter show. Photograph by Julien Boudet

Through collaborations with Moncler, Harry Winston and Baccarat, Thom Browne‘s refined and detailed concepts have been incorporated into the design of many luxury goods.  His collaboration with Dita Eyewear offers a collection of appreciable sophistication which should appeal to anyone who’s fashion sense is finely honed but never predictable.

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Each frame reflects the  uncompromised quality of it’s Japanese manufacturing.  Dita professes that their production involves 250 craftsman, laboring for 600 man hours over an eight month period, executing  individual steps of the process by hand.

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Thom Browne frames feature sleek and refined components. Tip details in red, white and blue are separately tapped and plated. They are as emblematic as the grosgrain bands sewn on to each of the designer’s garments.  Tooled four-line detailed titanium nose pads and 12k plating are also distinctive features of the collection.

Thom Browne Spring/Summer 2015

The Thom Browne collection from Dita Eyewear is currently available at our Flagship location.

 

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Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl photopraphed by Jake Chessum

 

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Ballsy

10 Apr
2015

GO NAD GO

                                       WRECKED’EM

           SPLAT

GASH

                   GITTIN ANY?

RESURECTUM

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The Cannes Film Festival Jury once presented director David Cronenberg a Prix Special du Jury to cite his audacity and daring. If the eyewear industry was to bestow an equivalent honor, there would be no more worthy recipients than  Richard and Laurie Lynn Stark,  the founders of Chrome Hearts.

Their frames are given provocative names which allude to all things carnal.  They also feature sacred motifs appropriated with a certain irreverence.  But it is the Stark’s uncompromising determination to manufacture  luxury goods to the highest standards that best exemplifies their ballsy resolve.

Since the founding of Chrome Hearts in 1988, the couple have produced leather apparel, jewelry and home furnishings of exceptional quality. Their efforts earned them the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) Award for accessory design in 1992.

Musician Jesse Jo Stark, Chrome Hearts Founders Richard Stark and Laurie Lynn Stark. Source: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images North America

 Chrome Hearts Eyewear has been in production since 2002.  Under the Stark’s creative direction, with contributions from their daughter Jessie Jo, the Japanese craftsman who produced their frames have met the challenge of  materializing the family’s concepts. Through their  processes, which often require the invention of new fabricating techniques and machinery,  precedents of innovation have been set for the  industry.  

The Stark’s enforcement of  the highest standards of production  and the intricacy of assembly required for each frame often results in  back orders and limited editions.  What results is certainly worth the wait.

Frames can comprise of elements made of natural buffalo horn,  cross-grain laminations of exotic woods, enamel inlays, .925 sterling, full grain Italian leather and pure titanium. The metals used are often plated with heavy gold and black rhodium. Laser etchings, relief cuttings and beveled coin-edged treatments adorn most models.

Hand made Japanese and Italian zyl acetate components are provided a matte finish, or are tumbled for 72 hours to produce a maximum luster, then hand polished.  Mottifs such as the BS Fleur, CH Plus, Floral Cross and Dagger are masterfully incorporated into the design of these remarkable creations.

You are invited to appreciate these rare and exceptional frames at our Flagship, Brookfield, York Mills, and Eglinton Avenue  locations.

Here is a link to Jake Shears’ interview with Richard and Laurie Lynn Stark from the March 14th, 2012 edition of Paper Magazine. It’s a great account of couples’ achievements and the Chrome Hearts ethos.

http://www.papermag.com/2012/03/two_chrome_hearts_that_beats_as_one.php

 

 

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