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Tis  the season  when new eyewear is arriving at all of our locations.  We’d like to share with you a selection of  styles and innovations  from the current collections.

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 The gorgeous iridescence  of  the ‘Frisson’ model from Dita Eyewear is sure to thrill !

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Tis  the season  when new eyewear is arriving at all of our locations.  We’d like to share with you a selection of  styles and innovations  from the current collections.

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Complimentary duo tones and contemporary shapes  distinguish Bevel frames from the rest.

 

 

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Tis the season  when new eyewear  is arriving at all of our locations.  We’d like to share with you a selection of  styles and innovations  from the current collections.

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The irreverent play of proportions continues  to be a  feature of the  Thom Browne  collection.

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Rare and Refined

19 Nov
2013

A new addition to our selection of Cartier frames is a handsome and exceptional sunglass. Crafted from the burl wood of a tree native to the Ambon Island in Indonesia, the temples of this model feature a distinctive tangled vain. The rare grain of the wood is complimented by the smooth champagne gold finish of the C Decor at the hinge.

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Amboyna burls yield very peculiar and highly figured wood.  The beauty of  this highly prized material  is most commonly  featured in examples of  exquisite marquetry. 

Campaign Secretary of Exotic Amboyna and Ivory inlay c.1820-40. Image sourced from 1stdibs.com

Campaign Secretary of Exotic Amboyna and Ivory inlay c.1820-40. Image sourced from 1stdibs.com

An  alternative to the precious Cartier frame which features a faux burl motif is produced by the French  eyewear company Vue dc…   The rich red colour and grain-like pattern  of this  zyl  frame are  equally exceptional .

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Seductive Duo Tones

15 Nov
2013

The latest collection of frames from Orgreen Optics beautifully balances subdued mat finishes with glossy opulence.  It’s as though the  extremes of a  nuanced  theatrical performance and a flashy closing number  have been paired  to offer the breadth  of a visual experience.

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  The play of textures and the connotations  they evoke are intentionally based on expressive performances. The inspiration behind Orgreen’s currant campaign are cinematic style, theatrical documentary, film noir and strong dynamics.

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  Named after actors of such renowned as ‘Bogart’, film directors and sultry Bond Girls, the new frames now available at our locations   should have broad appeal.

Still shot of  Bacall and Bogart from the film trailer for Dark Passage, 1947.

Still shot of Bacall and Bogart from the
film trailer of Dark Passage, 1947.

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  Pairings of colours such as Mat Copenhagen Blue with Shiny Gold and Mat Safari with Palladium offer a complex and elegant  titanium alternative to the bolder statement of an acetate frame.

 

 

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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Grover and Buffy Sainte-Marie on Sesame Street c. 1970. Children's Television Workshop

Grover and Buffy Sainte-Marie on Sesame Street c. 1970. Children’s Television Workshop

Certain shades of blue can evoke a cool, reflective mood.  The colour has inspired  and preoccupied innovative  artists such as Joni Mitchell and Pablo Picasso.  Indigo, specifically, is regarded as the colour of intuition, perception and the higher mind.   Blues are powerful, dignified and integral to heightening the powers of perception.

La Celestina, 1904 by Pablo Picasso. Musee National Picasso, Paris

La Celestina, 1904 by Pablo Picasso. Musee National Picasso, Paris

The French  conceptual artist Yves Klein developed his own shade of blue  in observance of the Nouveau Realisme movement’s manifesto which encouraged  the production of work inspiring a “new way of perceiving the real”.

Sill, 1960 by Yves Klein. Mixed media

Sill, 1960 by Yves Klein. Mixed media

It is only fitting   that optical devices suited to enhancing ones vision should incorporate a colour believed to effect perception!  Some frames crafted by Claire Goldsmith and Anne et Valentin are produced in an intense ‘Indigo’.

The deep, dramatic laser etched finish of  l.a. Eyeworks‘ Flying Wallendas model is accentuated by its presentation in ‘Liquid Navy’ as depicted below.

We invite you to appraise our selection and to experience the merits of blue!

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The Space Between

22 Jul
2013

 

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.

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  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.

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  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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