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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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Refinement of Form

22 Aug
2016
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Contemporary eyewear designs are tending  to  incorporate multiple materials into the construction of a single frame.  Industry leaders in innovation, including MYKITA and Robert Marc , are offering us a glimpse of  how a more refined  interpretation of this trend will soon prevail. This shift in styling is  exemplified by a selection of new releases currently in stock at Josephson Opticians.

A new release from MYKITA’s LITE collection

Hand assembled in Berlin, MYKITA’s LITE collection is notable for offering  slender silhouettes and simple constructions. This collection represents the lightest glasses crafted by MYKITA. Whether made entirely in slender stainless steel or in a material mix where the warmth of cellulose acetate meets the sleekness of steel in an elegant connection, the reduced LITE design concept offers supreme comfort in a refined aesthetic.

A sample from Robert Marc’s Second Nature collection

Robert Marc‘s latest designs contain many examples of a refinement of form and a  reduction in  thickness of frame components.  The timeless, masculine styles  from his Second Nature collection combine acetate fronts with slender titanium temples. All are hand crafted in Japan and their subtleties are  enhanced by matted finishes of naturalistic  colours such as ceder, slate and driftwood.

We encourage you to view what’s new when it’s new, at Josephson Opticians locations throughout Toronto.

 

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It is because you can anticipate a forecast of  continued sunshine that we offer an utterly contemporary version of the clip-on shade.  Berlin based MYKITA  has developed an eyewear  collection of nine frames featuring stainless steel clip-ons which compliment and transform the look and function of each model.

Unique pairings  of  contrasting colours  and shapes alter the silhouettes and aesthetic impact of the frames once the clip-ons are attached.  Convenient and cost effective, the clip-on gains new purpose as a decorative accessory.

An additional innovation recently introduced by MYKITA is their HYBRID series of frames incorporating elements of the two materials they have mastered, specifically laser sintered MYLON and stainless steel.

Hand crafted and exceptionally refined, these frames are light weight and resilient.  The pairing  of shinny metal finishes  with matt finished MYLON components produces a distinctive, modern look.

You are invited to appreciate an array of MYKITA’s innovations at Josephson Opticians flagship location.

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Clip Art

18 Jul
2016
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Josephson Opticians was recently honored with an impromptu visit from the founder of Garrett Leight California Optical as he acquainted himself with retail partners in Toronto.

In their fifth year of production, Garrett’s frames  continue to be designed in California and proudly crafted in the People’s Republic of China, where  masters of skilled hand detailing are teamed with cutting edge production technology.  Each style  features subtle details in fit, material and proportion that make it unique.

In anticipation of our clientele’s need for protection from the harmful effects of the bright summer sun we are stocked with an assortment of GLCO  UV blocking sunglasses and clips. A special piece is the result of Garrett’s collaboration with French eyewear designer Thierry Lasry. Their pairing of a distinctive acetate frame and a speckled Windsor rimed clip achieves a dramatic effect.

 

 

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Why Not White?

05 Apr
2016
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Chalk, ivory, snow and milk- each are white in colour and evocative of  an unblemished and organic purity.  Whites are basic, but not lacking in complexity.  The interplay between whites and light can produce subtle variations in their appearance.  In contrast, the deliberate placement  of a white object against a darker or coloured ground can have dramatic impact, as the angles and edges of that object become more sharply defined.

Thierry Lasry’s pairing of white and gold

An appreciation of  white as a stark accent colour has been made evident by its inclusion within several noteworthy eyewear collections featured at Josephson Opticians this season.  Accessorize an assemble with  sublime, hand-crafted acetate sunglasses by Thierry Lasry and Kaleos Eyehunters.  The later brand is based in Barcelona Spain and is currently available in Canada  exclusively at our locations throughout Toronto.

Futuristic forms from Kaleos Eyehunters

White stained, piano varnished, ebony wood temples are featured on one particularly exceptional Chrome Hearts frame.   The temples are paired with an antique finished titanium  front and are further enhanced with fine sterling silver decor.  This white wonder is available for viewing at our Flagship location.

Refined sophistication crafted by Chrome Hearts

 

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Motley mixtures of patterns and colours featured on a single frame command attention and may inspire awe! The creations of Germany’s Walter Wissing & Co. manage to be expressions of an exuberant nature without appearing garish. They are simultaneously whimsical and sophisticated.

During our recent visit to the Silmo World Optical Fair held in Paris we committed to the purchase of a great variety of hand crafted frames from Walter Wissing & Co..  The unique pairings of colours and patterns are produced to our specifications and each frame made for us bears the Josephson name.

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We are most excited about the arrival of a curated selection of styles featuring abstracted motifs evocative of  woven textiles composed of bold ethnographic and tribal patterns.

Skillfully printed upon acetate, these motifs  are further enhanced by additional laminations of zyl in complimentary colours. These striking frames should appeal to those with eclectic tastes and an appreciation of a bohemian aesthetic.

 

 

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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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The annual SILMO World Optical Fair led us to “la Ville-Lumière” once again this past September.  The distractions of the Supermoon  and our beautiful surroundings  could not divert our focus from the 900 exhibitors from across the globe showcasing the diversity of  products and style trends influencing our purchases.

The hand-made construction and intricate detailing of many of the frames we order restricts the delivery of much of our inventory be several months.  While some back orders still remain in production, the majority of the finds from our adventure have reached our stores.  The wait was well worth it.

In this and subsequent posts I will be highlighting the innovations and  styling techniques introduced by the  designers of brands we revere.  The financial  investment and commitment to  the research and development required  to produce these remarkable objects is substantial. We would like to credit the visionaries before their concepts reach the mainstream!

   Cloisonné is an ancient technique for decorating metalwork objects, in recent centuries using vitreous enamel, and in older periods also inlays of cut gemstones, glass, and other materials.

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Two exceptional applications of this decorative lacquering  technique feature prominently on new models produced by Thom Browne and Chrome Hearts Eyewear.

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Windsor Rim treatments to the eye-wires of metal frames are once again in vogue.  Applied with leather or acetate trim, like the example from Garrett Leight California Optical, below

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…or applied with delicate enamel detailing, as is the case regarding  the Matsuda Eyewear frame, above.

You are invited to view the new releases from these celebrated collections at our Flagship location.

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Precious And Exotic

08 Aug
2015
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   Gold & Wood Eyepieces of Luxumberg produce an elegant and contemporary range of  styles in precious metals and exotic materials. In addition to domesticated buffalo horn, Gold & Wood uses natural woods carefully sourced from authorized and controlled regions around the world. The varieties include Ebony from tropical Africa, Bubinga from Cameroon and Gabon, Amaranth from Brazil, Tanganika from Africa and Bolivar from Canada.

The image above depicts a model formed from fine veneers of mauve Birdseye Maple and red Tanganika laminated to sheets of aluminum. The process involves up to 20 production steps, incorporates a hypoallergenic resin and results in the creation of a durable yet light weight frame.

Wooden frames offer a unique tactile experience to the wearer.  Their  organic composition feels natural and familiar against the skin.

For a limited time, a more extensive range of product than we would typically stock is currently  featured at both our Eglinton Avenue and Flagship locations.  It includes a collection of sunglasses.

You are invited to visit both locations in order to appreciate the unique and sophisticated frames handcrafted by the artisans employed by Gold & Wood.

 

 

 

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Bright And Bold

04 Aug
2015
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  Our assortment of hand made frames by Bevel continue to have broad appeal and remain perennial favorites. We have carried the brand  since 1999 and the quality of  its Japanese production has been as consistent as the classic and minimalist esthetic of each collection.

Founders Richard Mewha and Rick Nelson maintain that eyewear is as essential to personal style and self-esteem as apparel or cosmetics. Their frames are designed with that  adage in mind.

  The dynamic pairing of bright and bold colours applied in matte finishes is a typical  feature on Bevel’s pure titanium models. Hues such as teal, crimson and spearmint constitute a pallet of great breadth and variation.

We invite you to appreciate the range of Bevel’s currant collection, in person, at all of our Josephson locations.

 

 

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