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Truly inspirational is an accurate depiction of the Face a Face line of eyewear. Designed under the direction of founder Pascal Joulent in France, the line draws its inspiration from sources of Modern Art, architecture and contemporary design. The designs play with volumes, shapes, textures and a unique colour range, the latter of which is a true Face a Face trademark.

Most recently,  part of the collection is paying tribute to the De Stijl Dutch art movement with frames made with graphic lines and vibrant colour-blocking in “popping primary colours”. Dating back to 1917 this art movement’s raison d’être was to rebuild and reshape a changing society through art and design. The trademark of this movement was an abstract graphic look, which is now trending in contemporary architecture as well as on the catwalk.


In the newest collection of Face a Face frames, this trend has taken a modern twist and has been incorporated in many of the latest models.

Josephson Opticians is proud and excited to showcase many of these latest inspirational and unique pieces.

Info and images source Face a Face.com

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The  name Lindberg has become synonymous with exceptional quality and design, clean cut aesthetics, lightweight and beautifully crafted eyewear….a distinction they don’t take lightly.In fact they are constantly pushing the boundaries of design and materials they incorporate into their repertoire of elegant eyewear.

Our feature at Josephson’s this month is the award –winning beautiful and natural Lindberg Horn Collection.

 

Keeping true to their minimalist Danish design concept, Lindberg have incorporated advanced technology and superior craftsmanship to work on this exquisite material to create a stunning collection of ultrathin horn frames.

These unique frame fronts are constructed with layers of laminated horn to give the structure more strength and stability and are then individually hand polished to bring out their gorgeous natural color patterns and hues.

The temples are made of lightweight and adjustable titanium and are available in 4 different shades. The bridges have adjustable as well as interchangeable nose pads to give any face the perfect fitting frame.

 

For a limited time, the complete Lindberg Horn collection is available to view at the Josephson Flagship located at 60 Bloor Street.

Come in to select from the array of unique shapes and natural shades available on the fronts and the clean titanium options for the temples.

 

 

Info and image source lindberg.com

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It is appropriate at this charitable time of the year to highlight a luxury frame manufacturer who’s very existence has a philanthropic purpose. The Sama line of handcrafted frames was founded two decades ago by eyewear designer Sheila Vance, with the purpose of funding a philanthropic organization. This organization, the Sam Vance Foundation, was founded in 1997 by Sheila Vance in memory of her son Sam, who died of an accidental heroine overdose at the tender age of 19, while experimenting with the drug in his freshman year at UCLA. The purpose of the foundation is to prevent drug abuse amongst teens and young adults, as well as help with the road to recovery for young addicts. Where most companies primary concern is to make money but may get into a charity to develop a social conscience, Sama was founded in order to fund the Sam Vance Foundation. Vance now donates 100% of the net proceeds from Sama’s Visionnaires collection, 100% of its Heart of Gold Special edition, as well as a portion of Sama Eyewear’s total annual sales.

Kudos to Sheila Vance for such philanthropic efforts. Those efforts are supported by Josephson Opticians.

In addition to being philanthropic, the Sama lineup of luxury brand handcrafted frames is exquisite. Many of the frames are timeless fashion accessories. Much of the collection reflect the latest seasonal trends from Milan, Paris, New York and Tokyo. Many a Hollywood celeb can be seen wearing frames from the Sama line.

We would like to invite you to share with us these truly inspirational and timeless pieces.

 

 

 

 

 

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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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