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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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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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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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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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Glamourous Glasses

15 Sep
2016

The caption from this Sept. 10, 1980 photo reads: It was fun all round at the Toronto Festival Of Festivals ’50s rock ‘n’ roll party at the Masonic Temple on Yonge St. last night, One of the biggest names to show up at beer and hot dog bash following premiere of the movie Suzanne was actor Jack Lemmon, accompanied by his Canadian co-star in the movie Tribute, Kim Cattrall (left), and Bulgarian actress Irena Maleeva (right). (DOUG GRIFFIN/TORONTO STAR ARCHIVES)

Since its inception in 1976, the “Festival Of Festivals” has grown and evolved into the much revered “Toronto International Film Festival”.  Respected cinephile Roger Ebert had suggested our film festival was second only to Cannes in importance and influence internationally.  It has also facilitated the screening  of Canadian made films and the promotion of local talent over four decades.

For those of you queuing up for a TIFF premiere or just heading out  to the grocer, Josephson Opticians offers you two options of  glamorous glasses appropriate for either occasion!

Flattering and flirtatious,  this new offering from  Cartier incorporates the Trinity motif which originated as a ring design in 1924.  Three interlocking bands of pink, white and yellow gold adorn the temple of this sophisticated model.

The unique twisted temple is die-stamped under extreme pressure, rather than die cast,  to ensure its durability.  Precious two-toned gold and palladium finishes overlay the metal alloy base of the frame chassis. This luxurious and alluring piece is evocative of old Hollywood glamour and the timeless elegance associated with the Maison Cartier.

Worthy of equal consideration, this  model from Anne et Valentin’s CinemaScope collection  subverts the equation of glamour with glitz. Featuring bezeled surfaces of contrasting matte and gloss surfaces, this interpretation of glamour is contemporary and free of cliché.

Josephson Opticians offers you these glamorous options and more at our locations throughout Toronto.

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French eyewear manufacture Ann et Valentin’s vast collection is comprised of an impressive diversity of textures, materials and constructions. Their styles also vary dramatically in scale with many petite options available. What the models from the vast array share in common is that each is conspicuously  contemporary and hand-crafted.  Within such a comprehensive range their is sure to exist a style to compliment your unique tastes and sensibilities.

A complex construction from the HIGH LINE series

The thin interlocking components of each frame from the HIGH LINE series are individually painted prior to assembly. A sense of lightness and effortless suspension are achieved by having each steel eyewear supported by a titanium fulcrum. These feats of engineering permit mountings previously difficult to obtain.

A rough and rugged ON THE ROCK specimen

As though carved from stone, selections from the ON THE ROCK series are intentionally unrefined. Their raw, primitive aesthetic features a  sculptural element. Unpolished, textured surfaces created by hand-filing serve as a testament to the process of each frame’s construction.

Exuberant colours featured within the FORMA series

A perennial favorite of Josephson Opticians, the FORMA series contains the most varied and lively colour pairings of all of Anne et Valentin’s offerings.  Fresh combinations of colours are introduced each season to a growing collection of shapes which have wide appeal.  Chic and cheery, the FORMA styles feature structural stability with softness of form.

We encourage you to explore the remarkable Anne et Valentin collections at Josephson Opticians’ York Mills, Eglinton and Flagship locations.

 

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Soft shapes, such as ovals and the like, were reintroduced to many collections showcased at the SILMO World Optical Fair.  Smooth looking  and sophisticated, the  oval appears flattering on many faces.

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Minimal refinement offered by MYKITA

Any point of an oval belongs to an arc with a constant radius whereas in an ellipse the radius is continuously changing. This shapes’ characteristic eccentricity makes it a welcome alternative to harder edged forms.

A bold presentation from Francis Klein

Ellipses are common in physics, astronomy and engineering. For example, the orbit of each planet in the solar system is approximately an ellipse. These shapes are naturally suited to frame one’s eyes!

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A voluminous oval by Anne et Valentin inspired by Alexander Calder mobiles

Elegant in their simplicity, these soft, symmetric forms can be appreciated at Josephson locations throughout Toronto.

 

 

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Evolving Elegance

31 Jan
2015

The new  Symboliques collection produced by Ann et Valentin embodies  classical notions of elegance  presented in contemporary forms.  The models from this collection feature hinges inspired by the shape of the musical treble clef  (a symbol denoting the pitch of written musical notation) and the quadrant designed by Augustin Stark (a device which measures the distance between celestial bodies).

Image of quadrant attributed to Augustin Stark sourced from the Treasures of the NOAA Library Collection

Delicate and distinctive, these hand crafted frames are  imbued with subtle eccentricity.  They are the  ideal choice  for  modern dandies, romantics and keen observers.

The model Bressel, depicted above, is  inspired by old-fashioned lorgnettes.  Anne et Valentin suggests  that it  is well suited to “the forensic scientist, and even the crazy chemist, living on a knife’s edge”.

The Ann et Valentin collection is available at our Flag Ship and Eglinton Avenue locations.

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Thin Is In

27 Nov
2014

An increasing number of frames featuring  slim and slender profiles are finding there way to our shops.  The range of designs produced in Berlin by MYKITA are prime examples of this trend towards refinement.

The ‘Lite’ series consists of  stainless steel frames with 3 mm wide temples weighing as little as 12 grams in total. The openly displayed snap-hinge system, which supplied the innovative principle for all subsequent collections, symbolizes the fundamental design principle of MYKITA; the technical solution must at the same time be an aesthetic one.

Beautiful new frames  from Anne et Valentin are also incorporating finer components to produce striking forms of graphic simplicity. We invite you to view these minimalist marvels at our flagship location.

 

 

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Our adventurous male clientele can rest assured that we have much in store to peek their interests.  To discerning gentlemen willing to embrace the new we offer the following  examples of contemporary textures  and colouration of eyewear, as well as innovations in fabrication:

Mykita of Germany produces its  Mylon collection through the process of selective laser sintering.  Formed of super-fine polyamide power, these ultra-modern frames feature a unique surface treatment achieved during a patented process. The ‘platinum grey’ colour depicted exemplifies a trend toward the muted and neutral colours  gaining prominence in menswear.

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The unconventional combination of matted and polished surfaces on a single frame is a strong feature of the current collection from Bevel. The process requires many steps as portions of the frame are masked while the colour finish is applied. This model features a front formed out of  a solid sheet of 3mm thick titanium free of solder points.

The dynamic combination of polished acetate elements with matte finished  metals has been perfected by Anne et Valentin.  Volume of form is achieved in the absence of  conspicuous bulk and weight.

The Legacy collection from Claire Goldsmith features hand crafted  acetate frames which are distinguished by their sculptural elements and unique colour combinations.  This pairing  of matte  black and jade is  particularly natty.

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