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The Rim Is In

30 Dec
2016

The decorative application of a Windsor rim upon the eye-wire of a metal frame is by far the strongest trend observed in the contemporary collections available through Josephson Opticians. The revival of this classic 19th century embellishment references the  past, but it’s modern relevance should appeal to a new generation of  connoisseurs.

A vintage inspired tortoise patterned acetate rim applied to a titanium frame by Robert Marc.

Typically found on round or panto shaped frames, the rim treatment is typically made of acetate, but may be crafted of leather or a fine veneer of wood.

An utterly modern innovation by Bevel– a contrasting coloured titanium insert mounted within a frame.

Like Windsor rim treatments, inserts set  within thin metal eye-wires provide otherwise modest frames a similar depth of character.

An example of Harry Lary’s evolution of style towards a refined aesthetic.

An extensive offering of hand crafted frames featuring Windsor rims and eye-wire inserts are currently available at Josephson Opticians’ locations throughout Toronto.

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Pump Up The Volume

29 Dec
2016

As an alternative to the prevailing trend towards thin and refined eyewear frames, Germany manufacturer Walter Wising & Co. offers new styles distinct in their structure and expression. Established in 1953, the brand facilitates craftsman in a single workshop in Germany in order to produce these uniquely audacious objects.

Hand-made in 8mm thick laminates of matte acetate, models from the 8w collection are conspicuously bold due to their exaggerated depth of form. The thoughtful design of these colourful styles  ensures that  their functionality and comfort of wear are not compromised by their emphasized volume.

More playful than austere in spirit, these chunky frames are sure to command attention and provoke reactions of wonderment and delight.

New releases from Walter Wising & Co. are available at Josephson Opticians’ Flagship location, as well as our  Eglington Avenue,  York Mills and Humbertown Center locations.

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‘Timeless’ is the adjective best used to describe the appeal of Matsuda Eyewear.

Crafted by hand in the artisinal eyewear workshops of Japan, each Matsuda creation represents over 45 years of design history and heritage.  In keeping with  the brand’s design philosophy, currant styles are  equally contemporary in spirit as they are imbued with nostalgia.

Fine materials, including  titanium, sterling silver, 18K solid gold, and 22.5K gold plating are incorporated into each collection.

Complex tooling techniques yield distinctive coined rims and elegant etched surfaces.  Decorative hand lacquered emanel finishes also embellish select models.

Exceptional new sunglass models fitted with removable leather side cups are the showpieces of the venerated brand’s recent releases.

Matsuda Eyewear is available in Toronto at our Flagship location.

 

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Luxury Eyewear

16 Nov
2016

Recent releases from Gold & Wood Eyepieces are setting a higher industrial standard of craftsmanship and ingenuity. Executing complex and innovative veneers of noble materials including natural horn and rare woods is the specialty of this luxury eyewear manufacturer.

Veneers of speckled brown hazelnut, aluminum and maple paired with a brushed stainless steel temple

The exclusive use of only the mature growth of valued timber  ensures the durability and longevity of each Gold & Wood frame. Species of  harder woods featuring finer grains yield extraordinary results.

An exceptional combination of black carbon fiber, ebony and brown maple.

Gold & Wood Eyepieces are available at Josephson Opticians’ Humbertown, York Mills and Flagship locations.

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Eyewear Innovations

15 Nov
2016

In developing the theme for their latest collection the forward thinking design team behind BEVEL Eyewear reflected upon the achievements of some independent spirits of the past.

New models are named after boundary-pressing figures from a variety of fields and disciplines. Susan B. Anthony (American social reformer and feminist activist), Marie Curie ( physicist and chemist), and Thomas Edison (inventor) are some of the innovators sighted as sources of inspiration.

As though  through some form of transmutation, conventional acetates were alerted to appear more contemporary and distinctive.
BEVEL’s craftsmen polished and then matted their new models to produce a smooth finish. The frames’ edges were chiseled to give each piece a raw, 3-dimensional look. It’s a minor alteration that makes a big impression.

Seven new colours, including Orchid and Royal Blue and Saddle Tortoise, seem to swirl and morph as light plays upon the matted and opalescent frame surfaces.

BEVEL Eyewear’s innovative and hand-crafted collections can be found at all Josephson Opticians locations throughout Toronto.

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The Statement Piece

05 Nov
2016

To the reserved ‘wallflower’ seeking greater exposure, or the ‘bell-of-the-ball’ eager to make a grander entrance, Michel Henau’s new collection offers hope!  Josephson Optician’s has received a variety of  unconventional statement pieces sure to command attention.

The company’s founder and Marc Delagrange were both independent opticians in their native Belgium. Their mutual admiration and artistic approaches to design ensured that they inspired each other.

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Since the death of his collaborator,  Marc has been designing from the perspective of the frame wearer, ensuring the comfort and functionality of each frame.  The simplicity of his shapes are enhanced by the striking use of colour and material.

Bolder styles, such as Odorono, are now available with translucent coloured frame fronts. This feature of the Xtra series offers the classic model more depth and complexity.

We invite you to view an inspiring assortment from the Michel Henau collection at Jospehson Optician’s Flagship location.

 

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When Louis Cartier imagined  the  first panther décor in 1914, his inspiration was Jeanne Toussaint, or “la panthère”as she was known.  His muse was enlightened, refined  and sophisticated.

Many Cartier models featuring her namesake feline emblem are available at Josephson Opticians’ locations throughout Toronto. They including a new, sleek aviator shaped sunglass featuring a  mirror effect on the lenses flashed with yellow gold.   The eyes and 23 spots on each head are lacquered by hand and precious metals adorn the metal décor.

We invite you to view the full range of Cartier’s luxury eyewear at our York Mills. Humbertown and Flagship locations.

 

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Designer Thom Browne is a fashion icon because he fascinates. His collections have transformed classic design with each new season, showing radical new interpretations of traditional forms.

His collaboration with frame  manufacturer DITA  continues to yield hand- crafted products of uncompromised quality.  Browne has remarked that “together, we’ve created an eyewear collection that can stand on it’s own as a design statement”.

The latest arrival to Josephson Opticians’ Flagship Location is  a rare model suited specifically to confident, fashion conscious females.

Each frame can take up to as many as 8 months of individual steps to create. 250 craftsmen in seven factories tool and assemble customized components which are featured exclusively on Browne’s designs. The most recognizable motif is the red, white and blue temple tip detail- all separate pieces tapped and plated.

 

 

 

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For 35 years Robert Marc has stood for creativity, authenticity and craftsmanship. After a period of designing eyewear for Calvin Klein and others, Robert opened his first optical boutique located at 190 Columbus Avenue in Manhattan.  Presently his shops seem ubiquitous within the city; four are situated along Madison Avenue, alone.

If Robert’s shops are not actually present on every street of New York’s most fashionable neighborhoods, his designs are certainly worn there. He is a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and his influence is now global.

New York City was the inspiration for Robert Marc’s highly anticipated Fall/Winter 2016 collection and Josephson Opticians is pleased to introduce it to Toronto.

Lexington Green

For this commemorative collection, Robert has embellished his trademarked stainless steel hinge with gold and ruthenium finishes to compliment the unique colour-blocked combinations of Italian acetates of each frame.

Empire Blue

For the first time, Robert has introduced accent colours of beige, tortoise and camel to his temples, creating a distinctive Spectator Hinge.

Broadway Red

The individual portions of acetate are seamlessly laminated together along the length of the temple. Such attention to detail is a  distinguishing feature of this  hand crafted product, constructed in France.

Chelsea Tortoise paired with NYC Black

Six exceptional hue motifs, all inspired by by Robert’s observation of Manhattan, provide depth and glamour to his selection of  timeless frame shapes. The colours Empire Blue, Broadway Red, Lexington Green, NYC Black, Chelsea Tortoise and Brownstone all evoke the Big Apple.

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This collection also includes the first woman’s ophthalmic frame Robert has produced in black and a round sunglass featuring a  unique titanium temple produced in Japan. We further anticipate the arrival of the artisanal custom acetate collection for men.

Please celebrate with us Robert Marc’s New York heritage, reinterpreted and modernized, at all of our Josephson Opticians locations throughout Toronto.

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The Latest La LOOPS

22 Oct
2016

Conceived out of necessity by Elizabeth Faraut, La LOOP is a coveted and functional eyewear accessory.  So much more than a necklace, her  patented design features a double-hinged sterling silver loop that stays flat. This feature ensures that one’s glasses will not twist and turn or fall out.

Current styles feature a sophisticated range of textures and finishes. A rose gold loop paired with red agate and rose pyrite is one exceptional addition to the collection. Classic models, such as the Clifton, are now available in a pairing of a satin gold loop with metallic gold dyed Italian leather.

Rugged and timeless, the braided version is now offered in a combination of camel coloured leather and gold plated silver.

Simple, modern and authentic, la LOOPs are available at all Josephson Optician locations throughout Toronto.

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