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The annual SILMO World Optical Fair led us to “la Ville-Lumière” once again this past September.  The distractions of the Supermoon  and our beautiful surroundings  could not divert our focus from the 900 exhibitors from across the globe showcasing the diversity of  products and style trends influencing our purchases.

The hand-made construction and intricate detailing of many of the frames we order restricts the delivery of much of our inventory be several months.  While some back orders still remain in production, the majority of the finds from our adventure have reached our stores.  The wait was well worth it.

In this and subsequent posts I will be highlighting the innovations and  styling techniques introduced by the  designers of brands we revere.  The financial  investment and commitment to  the research and development required  to produce these remarkable objects is substantial. We would like to credit the visionaries before their concepts reach the mainstream!

   Cloisonné is an ancient technique for decorating metalwork objects, in recent centuries using vitreous enamel, and in older periods also inlays of cut gemstones, glass, and other materials.

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Two exceptional applications of this decorative lacquering  technique feature prominently on new models produced by Thom Browne and Chrome Hearts Eyewear.

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Windsor Rim treatments to the eye-wires of metal frames are once again in vogue.  Applied with leather or acetate trim, like the example from Garrett Leight California Optical, below

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…or applied with delicate enamel detailing, as is the case regarding  the Matsuda Eyewear frame, above.

You are invited to view the new releases from these celebrated collections at our Flagship location.

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A Likeness of Carel

09 Jan
2016

Self Portrait of Carel Victor Morlais Weight, 1930, National Portrait Gallery, London

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The Clear Advantage

09 Jan
2016

During the hours of reduced light throughout our bleak mid-winter, a revolutionary lens treatment now exists which can enhance your visual experience as you revel in the sun’s rays.

Premium brands Cartier and Chrome Hearts now offer sunglass models featuring patented NIR Technology.  The goal of diffusing and eliminating reflections within a lens was first pursued  in the 1980’s. A prototype was produced in the 1990’s, but until now limitations  in fabrication technology restricted production of non-image reflecting lenses.

Santos de Cartier Aviator in a brushed ruthenium finish with blue PVD  screws and leather brow accessory.

A revolutionary process  reduces internal reflections and sharpens clarity, despite the clouded, opaque appearance of the lens.  The technology is enclosed within the lens  to protect it from scratching or exposure to harmful environmental conditions.

Chrome Hearts’ P. Donner featuring butterscotch tortoise coloured zyl and .925 sterling silver décor.

NIR lenses have oleophobic coatings on the front and back surfaces to resist oil and moisture and to make cleaning easier. The result is a durable lens with outstanding optics and a unique “matted mirror” or satin finish appearance. NIR lenses are made of CR-39 material and block 100% of harmful UV light.

We invite you to experience the exceptional clarity provided by these lenses at  Josephson Opticians’ locations featuring  Cartier and Chrome Hearts Eyewear.

 

 

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