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In 1978  vanguard and visionary Alain Mikli opened his design studio in Paris.  His illustrious career and innovative eyewear creations have inspired generations of devotees. Few have dared to produce imitations, but many collaborations, with the likes of Philip Stark,  Claude Montana, Jill Sanders and Delfina Delettrez, have occurred over the decades. Josephson Opticians has had a long relationship with the designer and we have had the privilege to facilitated rare personal appearances on occasion.

Alain Mikli’s recent designs incorporate unconventional combinations of colours and complex laminations of patterned acetates. Full of volume, these sculptural forms have a luminous quality and are remarkably exuberant.

As influential as his own creations are, it is worth noting that Mikli’s engagement with art is a source of his inspiration. The intense visual stimulation of the work of  minimalist artist Sol Lewitt and  post modernist designer Ettore Sottsas  have had an effect on Mikli.

Jim Lambie’s Metal Box (Dancing Orchid) 2014

James “Jim” Lambie is a contemporary visual artist, and was shortlisted for the 2005 Turner Prize. His sculptures and instillations explore the psychology of space and colour. Lambie’s work, and that of Sonia Delaunay, who cofounded the Orphism art movement c. 1912, inspired Mikli’s latest offerings. Their design principals and concepts have been masterfully applied to the creation of his impressive eyewear.

Delauney was the first living female artist to have a retrospective exhibition at the Louvre.

We invite you to view Alain Mikli’s unique collection at Josephson Opticians locations throughout Toronto.

 

 

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Feline and Feminine

06 Oct
2016
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Enseigne du caberet “le chat  noir”, Adolphe Léon Willette. Copyright c.c. Musée Carnavalt / Roger-Viollet

Like the enduring allure of feline attributes, beautiful frames of lasting quality will continue to entice and charm.  New, feminine  models from Dita Eyewear and Claire Goldsmith feature hallmarks of old world craftsmanship while affecting the aura of the cat.

Hand crafted in Japan, Dita models Rebella and Willow are both bold and seductive. Their sleek lines emulate the stealth and supple grace of a cat. These frames should appeal to the free spirited and rebellious!

Offerings from Claire Goldsmith’s Legacy Collection pay homage to the spirit of vintage styling. The rich warm colouring of model Rixon in tortoise and plum is ideal for the season.  The style is romantic and versatile. A woman wearing them could appear as confident or as aloof as a cat, depending on her mood!

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Glamourous Glasses

15 Sep
2016
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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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Artisanal Acrylics

14 Sep
2016
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The most recent arrivals to Josephson Optician’s Flagship location are the creations of designers Jason and Karen Kirk.  Hand crafted in France, Kirk & Kirk frames are unique because they are fashioned from a special grade of Italian acrylic and require no internal metal reinforcement of the temples. The material retains its adjustment and provides consistent comfort and a stable fit.

Models from the Vivarium collection feature 925 sterling silver or 9 carat gold pins cast in Birmingham England. A selection of beasts, including a lion, a  ram and a stallion, are available for your close study and observation!

The rich and varied palette of colours  featured in the Kaleidoscope collection is unique to acrylic. Layers of differing hues are laminated in order to create depth and dimension.  Translucence and clarity are enhanced by a high degree of polishing.

We are expecting the  vibrant qualities of these styles to inspire and charm the free spirits and vanguards among us!

 

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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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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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