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Architect, patron, photographer, writer, museum director, curator and philanthropist- Montreal resident Phyllis Lambert is each.

Saidye Bronfman Centre. Designed by Phyllis Lambert.
Photographed by Richard Nickle.1970.
Fonds Phyllis Lambert, Collection Centre Canadien d’Archictecture

At the age of 27 she implored  her father, liquor tycoon Samuel Bronfman, to re-evaluate his options in regards to the construction of the Seagram Building, the company’s American headquarters office tower at 375 Park Avenue in New York City. In a letter to her father Phyllis wrote  in the  margin that “it is quiet elegance, harmony, sobriety, humility that makes beauty, not flashiness.”


Ezra Stoller | Seagram Building, Mies van der Rohe with Philip Johnson, New York, NY, 1958 | Gelatin Silver Print | © Ezra Stoller, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York

The young visionary was  astute in choosing  to employ architects Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and his protege Philip Johnson to design the site. Under her guidance as director of planning the Seagram Building became the landmark of 20th century architecture.


Phyllis Lambert photographed by Marie-Claude Hamel

Phyllis was also astute in choosing to wear frames from the Danish company Lindberg.  Their designs from the AIR Titanium RIM collection live up to her estimations of beauty for they achieve a quite elegance, harmony and sobriety.  The minimalist aesthetics and construction of  Lindberg’s eyewear must appeal to the architect’s sensibilities.


The n.o.w. collection is currently available at our stores. These innovative new models weigh only 2.3 grams. Their fronts are constructed of a composite material to a thickness of only 2 mm. Thin titanium temples and nose pad arms complete the designs and  are classic  Lindberg features.  Surly Phyllis would approve.



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Our valued client and Toronto resident Carole Tanenbaum has earned an international reputation as an authority on the subject of vintage costume jewelry.  Her world renowned collection of bijou adornments reflects her passion and rarefied taste for exceptional accessories.

Like impeccably designed eyewear,  a beautiful piece of jewelry can become the focal point of an ensemble.  In regards to incorporating  an accent piece with an outfit Carole suggests that “there’s really no better way of posturing yourself as a unique dresser or feeling great about what you throw on”.



You can view pieces from Carole’s remarkable collection virtually at her website or take advantage of a rare opportunity to admire them  in person.  We will be utilizing our 2536 Bayview Avenue location as a venue for showcasing a selection of her vintage couture jewelry on Wednesday October 9th from 2:00- 6:00 pm and on Thursday October 10th from 2:00- 8:00 pm.

We appreciate  that our  sophisticated clientele   shares  Carole’s appreciation of accessories and that they will be grateful of this rare local opportunity.

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2536 Bayview Avenue (at York Mills Road), North York, ON



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For those with money burning a hole in their pockets, we can offer  something of value to take it’s place.  Chrome Hearts model ‘Droolin’ is a robust frame which folds to half it’s width- ideal for easy packing in the pants or the purse.


Fitted with stainless steel hinges and featuring  cast sterling .925 fleur details, this articulated frame is a result of  the brand’s rigorous commitment to quality and innovation.


The hand-made case which accompanies this model is crafted of full grain Italian leather (the best genuine raw hide  available) and is embossed with the Chrome Hearts logo.  Marked by such distinctive features, there will be no mistaking where your brand loyalty lies.


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Artisanal Cat Eye

05 Sep
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The  panther is the most recognizable  animal motif associated with the venerated  house of  Cartier.  A pattern based on the the cat’s spotted coat was first incorporated as a design element on a wrist watch in 1914.

Jeanne Toussaint c.1920  Cartier's director of fine jewelry from 1933

Jeanne Toussaint c.1920
Cartier’s director of fine jewelry from 1933

Due to her elegant and independent nature ‘the Panther ‘ was also the nickname of  Jeanne Toussaint, one of the house’s legendary designers .  Under her influence the Cartier jewelers were the first to explore femininity through the metaphor of the panther.  It’s effigy continues to adorn the houses’ sumptuous  jeweler and eyewear.

The most currant appearance of the panther’s head is as a unique decor  found on a new collection of sunglasses now in stock at our stores.

Inspired by a famous ring featuring the same chiseled lines, the injection molded head decors feature 23 hand lacquered black spots and  green eyes.  The meticulously hand polished  and assembled metal frame components are each plated in a palladium layer and finished in either gold or platinum. The rectangular and cat eye shaped  frames are crafted of tortoiseshell, burgundy and black acetate.

  These expressions of the spirit of the panther are sure to charm!


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Illustration of Debbie by Jennifer Orkim Lewis and attributed to August Wren

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The Space Between

22 Jul
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Specimen of Lace, William Henry Fox Talbot circa 1839-1845, National gallery of Canada

Specimen of Lace, William Henry Fox Talbot circa 1839-1845, National Gallery of Canada

An  indication of good design is the achievement of a critical balance between form and negative space.  This  rule applies as well to the production of lace as it does to the manufacturing of eyewear.


  l.a. Eyeworks has filled a niche of sorts with a collection that has left things out.  Using state of the art techniques to perforate stainless steel, this innovated company  has created  delicate patterns by combining open space with dense texture.


  Because they  reference a contemporary trend of  using  perforated steel  in industrial design and architecture, these frames are truly of the moment.

Housing Hatert by 24H architecture, photo by Boris Zeisser

Housing Hatert by 24H architecture, photo by Boris Zeisser





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k. d. Lang, C.B.C. photo stills collection c. 1986

Kathryn Dawn Lang, C.B.C. photo stills collection c. 1986

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Birds Of A Feather

29 Jun
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This weekend in Toronto a critical mass of the G.B.L.T. community will flock together to express their resolve and assert their solidarity.  The annual Pride festivities  will showcase gender diversity and facilitate uninhibited self expression.

Before strutting like a peacock, consider dawning some ‘gay’ apparel -especially  eyewear as worthy of exposure as you are!



  Adorned  with hand set  embellishments , laminated feathers and patterned silk fabrics, the new specimens from Francis Klein  are proof  of variation within a species.


  Local provocateurs Carol Pope and Kevan Staples , formerly of the group Rough Trade,  have sung the praises of birds of a feather.


photograph by Zorge Zontal c. 1980

Those of a certain vintage who still think ‘Jung’ may appreciate this link to the bands 1976 performance on C.B.C.’s ’90 Minutes Live’ hosted by the late Peter Gzowski.

Link to ’90 Minutes Live’

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Luxury Eyepieces

24 Jun
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    The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in Western Europe is renowned for it’s vineyards and breweries.  Its production of steel is also note worthy.  But perhaps it’s most prestigious export is the  eyewear brand Gold &Wood founded by Maurice Leonard in 1995.  As the company continues to produce creations imbued with a timeless elegance, it has trademarked the aptly descriptive term luxury “Eyepieces”.


  The masterful craftsmanship and industrial innovation required to produce these exceptional pieces is remarkable.  The lamination of fine veneers of noble materials in raw form is executed with exquisite precision .

Rare woods, such as tanganika and carob, of a controlled provenance are sourced  for use from regions where systematic reforestation is monitored.  Authentic buffalo horn  is procured from farms adhering to ethical standards of harvesting.


   The styling of models currently in our stores reflect a contemporary interpretation of shapes  popularized in the 1950’s.   Those depicted incorporate rose gold, California walnut bur and bubinga (above) and marbled horn and ebony (below).


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The Best Vision

24 Jun
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The best vision is insight”.

Malcom Forbes

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