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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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What’s In Store

29 Apr
2017

Following orders placed at Vision Expo East, North America’s preeminent eyewear exhibition,  new models are arriving at our Josepshon Opticians’ locations throughout Toronto. Here is a sampling of prevailing trends and what’s in store:

Robert Marc’s titanium rims, hand made in Japan

Thinly tooled metals, such as this offering from Robert Marc featuring acetate insert rims and flat based lenses, are indicative of  a trend towards  refinement.

Engraved metal rim with acetate inserts, made in France by Harry Lary’s

Subtle details, such as an uniquely shaped  eye-wire and mottled colouring, imbue understated styles with character.  A new selection from Harry Lary’s  incorporate these elements successfully.

An example of exclusive colourings offered by Sama Eyewear

Styles incorporating  thinly crafted acetate fronts paired with metal temples dominate many collections.  This elegant model from Sama Eyewear features matte finishes on both materials.

Fanciful colour pairings from Face à Face

Shinny gold and silver coloured metal accents complement many new models by Face  à Face.  This example also features neutral shades of the pinks, taupes and greys favored by many designers currently.

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Depth and dimension enhanced by Barton Perreira

The creative combination of materials on a single frame- varying in degrees of thickness, translucence and polish- can produce a form likened to sculpture. This exceptional example produced by Barton Perreira is featured in the collections  now available through our Flagship and Brookflield Place locations.

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Relaxed and Refined

22 Apr
2017

Robert Marc’s latest offerings are imbued with the serene and relaxed attitude associated with the Mediterranean resort destination Saint-Tropez.  The Spring Collection materials and colours are an extension of  the location’s elegant and intuitive sense of luxurious style.

Tortoise Vert

Chagall inspired floral tortoise fronts  in translucent greens, blues and  purples are paired with solid coloured acetate temples featureing the designer’s unique and distinctive signature hinge.

Bougainvillea

These Chic and charming styles are also timeless and refined. They are as suitable for the contemporary you as they would have been for the 1950’s era Brigitte Bardot.

The full compliment of Robert Marc’s Spring Collection will be featured during a trunk show at Josephson Opticians’ Flagship location Saturday May 13th.

 

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The arrival of our new selection of frames from Gold & Wood Eyepieces was eagerly anticipated although we realized  that, as the adage suggests, “good things take time”. Each pair is patiently handcrafted in Luxembourg with meticulous care and attention to detail.

With a regard for traditions and heritage, models are often named after established institutions and sites. The model depicted above is the namesake of  the village of Orsay in northern France which was established in the year 999.

This style combines delicacy and strength in perfect balance. The titanium front is carefully machined to accommodate the aluminum décor.

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Luxurious new wooden models incorporating  fine exterior layers of blue and fuchsia patterned silk are available through our Flagship location.

Hard woods, valued for their finer grains and durability, are harvested only from mature trees in a sustainable fashion.  Stained electric blue and burgundy, veneers are laminated to layers of aluminum and other exotic woods such as Tanganika to form a truly extraordinary object.

We invite you to appreciate the variety of unique and distinct Gold & Wood Eyepieces at Josephson Opticians’ Humbertown Centre and Flagship locations.

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In all seasons and environments the exposure of our delicate eyes to ultra violet radiation is a modern concern and preoccupation. In the interest of enjoying an immediate moment in the sun and as a preventative measure against accumulative retinal damage, the wearing of sunglasses which provide complete protection from the entire spectrum of UV radiation is crucial.

Lenses which are polarized and those which are anti-reflective coated will diminish additional glare and aberrations.

One’s personal style need not be compromised in the interest of ocular health! Currently in stock  at Josephson Opticians locations throughout Toronto are impressive selections of contemporary sunglasses  featuring precisely ground lenses of exceptional quality.

Articulated mesh cups lend an edge to this Thom Browne creation

Featuring a distinctive titanium temple, this Robert Marc model is hand-made in Japan

An example of refinement from LINDBERG’S N.O.W. collection

An abundance of colour and striking patterns are offered by Thierry Lasry 

Quirk and elegance achieve balance within the Anne et Valentin collection

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A luxurious statement piece from Chrome Hearts

The evolution of the aviator from Sama’s deCode collection

We encourage you to visit our stores for the opportunity of learning more about the specific attributes of  lens colours and treatments.

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Exotic Specimens

04 Feb
2017

Robert Marc’s limited edition seasonal collections reflect the designer’s artistic consciousness and imagination.  Josephson Opticians has acquired models Eland and Gazelle which evoke the sense of  adventure associated with the safari.

Frame fronts feature patterns inspired by the striations common to natural horn and are available in warm red and brown tones. Temple acetates are skillfully laminated to offer an exterior pattern like the spotted skin of a big cat paired with a glossy onyx black interior colour.

Hand made in France , both models are fitted with Robert Marc’s signature hinge in a luxurious  gold finish.

We invited you to explore the range of these rare specimens  at our Humbertown Centre and Flagship locations.

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Thierry Lasry Redux

17 Jan
2017

Devotees of Thierry Lasry’s sunglasses have a new destination at which to appreciate his vintage inspired creations.  The designer’s first boutique has just opened in the Saint-Germain-des-Pres neighborhood in the heart of Paris at 40 rue Du Four.

Catherine Baba, Thierry Lasry and Ali Mahdavi at the Paris  boutique opening.

Closer to home, models from the latest collection can be found at Josephson Opticians’ locations throughout Toronto. Our assortment includes Thierry’s distinct sculptural forms featuring flat fronts. A fusion of avant-garde styling with  elements inspired by vintage accessories, these hand crafted sunglasses are distinctive and contemporary.

Model Levely LQ features a delicate layer of lace suspended within layers of translucent and mottled acetates.  A variety of pink and burgundy shades and many unique  patterns have been added to the collection. Some metal temples now feature hand lacquered detailing in colours including matte rose gold.

Chic new sunglasses incorporating slender acetate temples, such as the model Jelly, also feature frosted matte finishes and contrasting areas of high polishing on their fronts.

We encourage you to view these stylish Parisian accessories at Josephson Opticians’ locations throughout Toronto.

 

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Join us at Josephson Opticians‘ Flagship location on January the 21st to view the full compliment of latest releases from Anne et Valentin’s diverse and eclectic collection.

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Nadia, Embroidery on print photo, 2010. © Maurizio Anzeri

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Pushing Boundaries

31 Dec
2016

With a remarkable attention to detail and the highest quality of craftsmanship Chrome Hearts produces truly luxurious eyewear. Designed to push boundaries of taste and innovation, the brand’s  styles are imbued with an  audacious air of irreverence for convention.

Their vast collection features components made of such unique high performance materials as  Uni-Carbon, C-Tek, Damascus steel and pure titanium.  Frames are adorned with motifs of daggers, crosses, stars, spikes and fleurs individual cast in 92.5 sterling silver and platted in precious metals including platinum, black rhodium and 12k gold.

Models “Diamond Dog” and  “Moist” (featuring lenses laser engraved with a CH plus detail) are two of the new releases currently in stock.

Chrome Hearts Eyewear is available  in Toronto at Josephson Optician’s York Mills and Flagship locations.

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