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Designer Thom Browne is a fashion icon because he fascinates. His collections have transformed classic design with each new season, showing radical new interpretations of traditional forms.

His collaboration with frame  manufacturer DITA  continues to yield hand- crafted products of uncompromised quality.  Browne has remarked that “together, we’ve created an eyewear collection that can stand on it’s own as a design statement”.

The latest arrival to Josephson Opticians’ Flagship Location is  a rare model suited specifically to confident, fashion conscious females.

Each frame can take up to as many as 8 months of individual steps to create. 250 craftsmen in seven factories tool and assemble customized components which are featured exclusively on Browne’s designs. The most recognizable motif is the red, white and blue temple tip detail- all separate pieces tapped and plated.

 

 

 

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Stylish Coverage

21 Oct
2016

Should you be  mountaineering at  high altitudes this winter or merely bracing against the elements in an urban setting, our new assortment of sunglasses  providing stylish coverage will serve you well in either setting.

Recent arrivals to Josephson Opticians crafted by Matsuda, Garrett Leight and MYLON  cup and envelop the eyes to minimize peripheral light and wind exposure.

Engraved titanium combined with matte acetate, hand crafted in Japan by Matsuda.

 

MYKITA MYLON’s laser sintered creation, hand assembled in Germany.

MYLON model Jiro is a light weight, extremely durable 3D printed offering sealed in a hydrophobic nano-coating. All MYKITA sunglasses feature certified Carl Zeiss precision lenses.

The Wilson with sun shields by Garrett Leight California Optical.

Wilson is a stainless steel frame featuring classic Windsor rim treatment. Fitted with flat based lenses and acetate shields, this model is a contemporary accessory imbued with vintage style.

 

 

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New Arrivals

18 Oct
2016

A new assortment of styles from Paris based Studio FB are currently available at Josephson Optician’s Flagship location.  These models are a great value and are modestly priced. Produced to compliment the hand-crafted,  higher-end eyewear designed by artesian Frederic Beausoleil, this collection offers contemporary styling within the means of the thrifty.

The frames feature a  unique, pliable material comprised of acetate and wood fiber, laminated in  alternating layers of solid and mottled colours.  The interior of the temples nearest their tips are polished to ensure a comfortable fit, while the frame exteriors feature a matte, textured finish emulating wood grain.  The earthy colourings of the composite materials are paired with metal components in equally appealing antiqued finishes.

You are invited to view the full range of the Studio FB offerings, as well as Frederic Beausoleil’s eponymous collection, at our Flagship location.

 

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Lunor  frames are stylishly retrospective: The restrained, classic appearance of these premium spectacles makes them true collector’s items.  Founded by Gernot Linder in 1991, the German company continues to produce handmade frames with traditional methods to exacting standards.

Lunor frames are electroplated with up to four layers of precious metals and receive a final coating of Epoxy Phenolic  in order to achieve a beautiful and durable shine. Antique finishes are achieved by artisans who hand-brush each frame.

Two exceptional models of folding frames are featured at Josephson Optician’s Flagship location. Their elegant articulation is proof of their worth and functionality. Customized  cases crafted from domestic hardwoods accompany each style and are sure to fascinate connoisseurs with an eye for precise details.

For those who’s style is assured yet understated, we offer a range of  Lunor designs at each of our locations.

 

 

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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

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

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

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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