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The precisely executed sportswear of designer Mitsuhiro Matsuda was coveted throughout the 80s and 90s. With boutiques in Manhattan, Paris and his native Japan, he introduced the world to an aesthetic based on a blend of English tailoring with traditional Japanese techniques.

Following Matsuda’s death in 2008 and a short absence from the market,  the last remaining product to bear his name is the eyewear line. It is imbued with his sense of style and reflects his appreciation of craftsmanship.

Many of the artisans who made Matsuda glasses up until the late 90s are involved in their creation today. Like the first line, today’s Matsuda eyewear is crafted by hand in the small town of Sabae, Japan of only the finest materials, including celluloid acetate, titanium, sterling silver, 18K solid gold, and 22.5K gold plating.

Our most recent arrivals feature new matte acetate colours including grey crystal, champagne and gradient lavender.  The beautiful laser etched filigree on each frame’s metal components is a true hallmark of  the past and current collections. New metal finishes include brushed silver, brushed gold and rose gold.

We invite you to marvel at the new assortment of Matsuda Eyewear at Josephson Opticians’ Flagship location.

 

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The HENAU eyewear line consists of contemporary styles rooted in a tradition of hand-craftsmanship.  Designer Marc Delagrange’s affiliation with the Belgian brand began in the 1980’s and his bold, voluminous designs remain consistently  avant-garde and unique.

Hand drawn concepts  of characteristically funky yet functional models become tangible forms once crafted by expert technicians in France and Japan.

The depth and dimension of each frame is enhanced by dynamic and unconventional  colour pairings. More substantial in appearance than finer metal frames, these exceptional creations distinguish themselves from understated alternatives.

Offered in a great variety of  size  and colours, an eclectic selection of shapes from the latest HENAU release will soon be featured at Josephson Opticians’ Flagship location.

 

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The Latest La LOOPs

28 Oct
2017

La LOOPs are the most useful pieces of fine jewelry one could invest in. They are both fashionable and functional, ensuring that frames are close at hand when not on the face.   Patented for utility and design, the 360-degree hinges on either side of the loop keep your glasses in place.  The hinges allow the loop to lay flat and the necklace part to move independently; and, gravity will keep the glasses securely in the loop.

The most recent La LOOPs to arrive at Josephson Opticians  feature natural materials in a palette of muted and subtle tones and matted finishes. The masculine dog tag  style loop  in a  satin silver finish  is now paired with an Italian  leather cord dyed navy blue.   New to the collection is a fine strand of  multi-coloured quartz beads paired with a silver plated loop.

Also new are strands of substantial autumn hued jasper quartz beads paired with a satin gold loop and a  glossy strand of smaller quartz  beads  paired with an antiqued finished silver loop.

The classic and hefty silver plated Clifton loop is now available with a camel coloured braided leather cord.  A more delicate option is a silver plated loop paired with a refined strand of  ivory coloured quartz beads.

These exceptional additions to our selection of La LOOPs will be available soon at Josephson Opticians locations throughout Toronto.

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Kaleos Eyehunters

21 Oct
2017

Designed in Barcelona, Spain, Kaleos Eyehunters’s  creations are stocked at  international retail destinations  including Barneys New York department stores. They can also be sourced in Toronto exclusively through Josephson Opticians.

Featuring a dynamic and constantly growing collection of eyewear, Kaleos offers  styles of wide ranging appeal . Traditionalists as well as  trendsetters should all be inspired by the youthful spirit of this emerging brand.  Exquisitely designed and produced with quality materials, the range of models are also attractively priced.

A new array of  whimsical  and innovative sunglasses are showcased at our Flagship location. The ophthalmic styles are available in all of our stores throughout Toronto.

 

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Options For Men

21 Jul
2017

An eclectic mix of styles, comprised of multiple materials and colours on a single frame, are now in stock at our shops throughout Toronto. Josephson Opticians offers these masculine options for your consideration:

Pure titanium rim inserts mounted within a beta titanium frame reinforce durable and light weight models such as Ken produced by Bevel Eyewear.

Robert Marc’s latest collection for men consists of artisanal, custom made frames from France.  New colour pairings such as Cobblestone are created by a seamless fusion of two complimentary patterns of acetate along the length of the temple.

Model Theory 1 from Face a Face is a refined acetate frame featuring a subdued matted finish accentuated by an aura of  vivid colour.

Hand crafted in Japan, the customized components of Dita frames require up to 320 separate steps to assemble in a production process which can take up to 8 months to complete. The Statesman Three features a laser etched Titanium rim ,temples and nose pads.

Inspired by the consumer products designed for Braun by industrial designer Dieter Rams, model M.1. by Anne et Valentin is a minimalist marvel.  The fluid interplay of titanium and acetate components of this Japanese made frame is ingeniously executed.

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Feminine Forms

08 Jul
2017

An impressive assortment of new feminine styles reflecting prevailing eyewear trends has arvrived at Josephson Opticians locations throughout Toronto.  Here is a sampling of the variety sourced globally through renowned manufacturers of hand crafted frames :

Classic and petite, Dita model Courante is now available in a vintage crystal colouring. It features custom stainless steel temple cores which are laser etched  with a delicate motif.

In its new collection Face A Face Eyewear pays homage to two Dutch masters of  the visual arts, specifically Theo Van Doesberg and Piet Mondrian. The De Stijl movement which they founded a hundred years ago produced works featuring graphic lines and vibrant colour blocking. Model Stijl 1 flirts with those same themes.

Hand made in Japan, the Thom Browne collection features new feminine shapes  in mottled tortoise patterned acetates paired with slim metal temples.

Matsuda Eyewear model 3059 features a light weight aluminum front treated with a unique textured application of colour.

Substantial yet airy, the eccentric models from Anne et Valentin’s Stencil collection are produced in limited editions.

Comprised of  an acetate front mounted upon a titanium chassis, model Christina from Bevel Eyewear is available in distinctive colour pairings such as turquoise/linen.

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MYKITA

22 Jun
2017

Handcrafted in Germany from stainless steel sheets less than 0.5 mm thick, MYKITA frames are made into a three-dimensional structure through a series of bending and folding steps.

Several MYKITA eyewear collections have won a variety of prestigious design awards since the company was founded in 2003 including the accolade of the Red Dot Design Award. The “Red Dot” is an internationally recognised quality label for excellent design.

Subtle modifications and embellishments of the brand’s core design principals keep the collections current and evolving.  New models such as the sleek Woodrow feature powder coated temple ends and pad arms and the deliberate absence of silicon padding.

Thicker and more prominent acetate temple tips and nose pads are found on models like Wilko in order to lend esthetic balance to its wider temples.

An extensive range of new models from MYKITA’s NO1, DECADES and LITE collections will be available to view and order during an open event at our Josephson Opticians’ concourse level location in the Richmond-Adelaide Center  June 28th.

 

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An inspiring assortment of sunglasses offering full protection from the harmful rays of the intense  summer sunshine are available at Josephson Opticians’ locations throughout Toronto.  Here is a sampling of functional and highly fashionable styles to consider:

Dita Eyewear’s limited edition Decades-Two sunglass is a rare specimen. This masculine model features titanium temples and custom diamond motif detailing on the screw heads which secure the lens to the rugged frame front.

Thom Browne’s collection is comprised of many pieces sporting flat based lenses and hand lacquered detailing. The pairing of shiny gold and black on model TB-106 lends an additional element of sophistication to its elegant design.

18k gold plated CH floral cross motifs adorn the front of  Chrome Hearts’ Pornogranate. The hand polished acetate frame  also  features  temple bands of plated décor produced by a labor intensive lost wax casting method.

Hand made in France, the Thierry Lasry collection of sunglasses offers an extensive range of colours and patterns to admire. Model Soapy in translucent pink and brown is a feminine and youthful style.

Dramatic and alluring, She Sings is a sunglass from  the Anne et Valentin Lady Light collection. Each style is luminous and rich in tonality and hues. Models such as this will turn heads and provoke a lingering gaze!

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Blake Kuwahara

22 May
2017

Josephson Opticians will be pleased to host an exclusive appearance by designer Blake Kuwahara at our Flagship location Saturday June 17th.  A trunk show featuring his eponymous range of sunglasses and optical frames will take place between 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Josh Josephson first met Blake Kuwahara several decades ago after he created and designed the remarkably innovative and  motif enhanced  KATA Eyewear brand. He then learned they had something in common. Both where graduate optometrists. Blake earned a doctorate of optometry degree from UC Berkeley and spent a short time there as a visiting professor/researcher prior to his career in design.

Josh regards Blake as one of the most talented eyewear designers in the world.  His groundbreaking application of engineering and production techniques to create texture and detail for KATA Eyewear set presidents of  industry standards for construction and quality. Josephson Opticians was a local purveyor of KATA Eyewear, as well as Blake’s designs for the Isaac Mizrahi and Hanae Mori collections.

Blake Kuwahara

Blake Kuwahara is the founder and creative director of FOCUS GROUP WEST (FGW), the Los Angeles-based, multi-disciplinary boutique design firm that takes a comprehensive approach to branding and designing for eyewear and fashion companies. Blake’s membership in the prestigious Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) is recognition of his influence in the fashion and optical industries.

Sources of  the designer’s  inspiration

Frames  from Blake Kuwahara’s current collection are wearable art forms. Hand crafted in Japan, the look of each model is evocative of sculptural forms, both natural and man-made, as well as modernist architectural elements.

The collection reflects the designer’s paradoxical influences. Blake’s appreciation of minimalist fashion accounts for the simple and sleek outward appearance of his frames. But his regard for ornate jewelry, distressed and textured surfaces is evident and conveyed in the complexity of each frame’s construction.

Employing laborious production techniques and skilled handwork, an inner silhouette is encased in a translucent acetate outer shape. This seamless fusion of two frames and the juxtaposition of contrasting form and color create a design tension that is thoroughly modern and distinctive. A remarkable sense of depth and dimension is achieved by this mode of construction.

Additional hand rendered  nuances,  such as scratching, scriving and beveling of surfaces, lend character and intentional variation to the tactile qualities of these exceptional creations.

We invite you to join us in the appreciation of the Blake Kuwahara collection at Josephson Opticians’ Flagship location.

View a video featuring Blake Kuwahara’s creative process here.

 

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