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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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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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Refinement of Form

22 Aug
2016

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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Bucking Covention

18 Jul
2016

To  work with eyewear fashioned from  unconventional materials and innovative fabrication techniques is extremely gratifying .  It compels an optician to master new skills in order to care for and properly maintain a product. Often unique tools must be provided by a frame manufacturer in order to preform adjustments with accuracy and precision without compromising the integrity of a material.  Our compliance and perseverance ultimately benefits the end wearer’s experience  and strengthens our relationships with manufacturers dedicated to the development and improvement of  exceptional products.

Josephson Opticians has made great investments in the support of  manufacturers such as LINDBERG and MYKITA , who in turn provide us with specialized training and expedited  access to a broader range of products within their collections than may be available through other affiliates.  We have had the fortune to be the premier source of many limited addition pieces and new releases within  North America.

A sample from MYKITA‘s innovative MYLON collection

A result of MYKITA‘s ongoing research and development of  fabrication techniques lead to the award winning production of the MYLON collection in 2011. This collection has become a staple of the majority of Josephson Optician locations ever since.

 MYKITA was the first frame manufacturer to utilize Selective Laser Sintering techniques in the production of eyewear. MYLON frames materialize when the heat from a laser bonds particles of the  powdered form of synthetic nylon polyamides.  The process produces frames of extreme durability and lightness of weight.  Unique colourations and textured surfaces are additional features of this collection.

Wearable sculpture created by Gold & Wood Eyepieces

Gold & Wood Eyepieces are another alternative to the conventionally constructed frames which inundate the market. Handcrafted in Luxembourg and available through Josephson Opticians since  1995, the collection has evolved through the  merger of a tradition of fine craftsmanship with industrial innovation.

Exceptional creations result from the complex layering  of fine veneers of precious species of woods with layers of aluminum or natural horn. Varnish sanding and hand polishing lend additional depth and dimension to these refined objects.

 

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Why Not White?

05 Apr
2016

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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The juxtaposition of contrasting elements within a single frame remains the most consistent design trend observed at recent SILMO World Optical Fairs we have attended in  Paris.  These “hybrid” forms are often elegant examples of refined attention to subtle detailing.

A LINDBERG N.O.W model presented in a newly released matte finish

Details on Frederic Beausoleil’s exquisite sunglass references the  design elements of musical instruments produced by Stradivarius

The three frames depicted here  happen to feature unburnished  metal components paired with matte finished acetates or composite materials.

A tailored offering from BEVEL Eyewear

You are invited to appreciate these and similar contemporary styles at Josephson Optician locations throughout Toronto.

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Rose gold plating adorned many frames featured during the  SILMO World Optical Fair held in Paris. Warm and flush, the colouring flatters most skin tones and is a nuanced alternative to the more common yellow.

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Matsuda Eyewear’s sophisticated pairing of rose gold and silver finishes

In Rebecca Mead’s  New Yorker Magazine article  entitled The Semiotics of “Rose Gold” she suggests that “it is gold that has an inclination to be something else. Rose gold is perverse”.  It is also current and conspicuous  in new  collections by Theirry Lasry, Oliver Peoples and LINDBERG Eyewear.

A rose colouring on titanium from LINDBERG

The varying percentage of copper alloy combined with gold influences the appearance of plating. Pink gold uses the least amount of copper, followed by rose gold, and red gold has the highest copper content.

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A rose gold finish paired with a Rose Quartz Mirrored lens by Oliver Peoples

 

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