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Au Naturel

06 Oct
2014
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Maeve Brennan of Harper’s Bazaar trying on wooden framed eyeglasses, 1945, photo by Nina Leen for Life Magazine

There is a point at which a synthetic imitation can no longer substitute for an organic product.  Against your skin horn and wood offer a  tactile sensation that is sensual and familiar. They are both hypoallergenic materials sourced from sustainable resources for their use in eyewear. Josepshon Opticians is a purveyor of two brands of note which cater to clients appreciative of  things  au naturel.

Hoffman Natural Eyewear of Germany has been crafting luxurious, one-of-a-kind horn frames since 1978.  Each piece features a unique variegation of pattern and distribution of translucent colour. Although extremely light weight, stability of the frame is achieved through the lamination of 7 thin layers of horn with fibers lying in alternating directions.

Anni Shades of Alliance, Ohio, produces wooden frames of artisanal  quality and charm.  The natural beauty of ebony, koa and redwood burl are often paired with wood stained in playful colours. Striking visual  effects are achieved through the lamination of 8 layers of wood. Each frame is sealed with three coats of varnish to ensure durability.

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Enduring Appeal

06 Oct
2014
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F. Scott Fitzgerald at leisure, 1920

Shane Baum’s luxury brand Leisure Society caters to the  conspicuous consumer with an appreciation of heirloom design.  The frames are intended to have lasting appeal and are investment pieces. Their inherent value is evident in the quality of their Japanese production. Precisely crafted with the intention that they should last forever, the frames are fashioned in enduring good taste.

The collection features models cast out of pure 12k, 18k and 24k  yellow and white gold plated titanium. Sophisticated enamel and laser etched buffalo horn inserts compliment the refined coined surfaces of the wire rims.

 

The detailing on many of the frames requires over 6 hours on a state of the art computer controlled milling machine, thus limiting production to only 4 frames per day. The effort expended in the creation of these coveted objects should be  appreciated…at your leisure.

 

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Select pieces from Walter Wissing and Co. have final arrived and they were certainly worth the wait.  We are proud of our affiliation with this German firm which has crafted eyewear since 1953.

Hand made to our specifications, and bearing the Josephson logo, these thin acetates feature luminous colours  muted by a textured surface.

Impression, Soleil Levant 1872 by Claude Monet, Musee Marmottan, Paris

Appearing alternately  opaque and  translucent, the effect of light on the colours on these pieces is evocative of the changing appearance of the sky in the plein-air landscapes of the impressionists.

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Elegant Forms

11 Aug
2014
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Georgian Bay Rhythms by Doris McCarthy, 1969

Two recently released sunglass styles  by Clare Goldsmith have inspired me to consider an ideal location where their features are shared by an environment.   The Duke and Logan models are rugged forms with rounded contours, like the rocks and trees along the shore line of  Lake Huron  and the Muskoka District.

The 'Duke' in Black Horn

The ‘Duke’ in ‘Black Horn’

    The frames’  sleek  texture and smooth lines mimic those of  natural forms worn by the repetitive undulation of the waters in cottage country.  Their rich colour combinations are also evocative of the water and landscape of a dockside summer destination.

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The ‘Logan’ in ‘Matt Amber Paradise’

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    These hand-crafted sunglasses are  practical and elegant accessories to wear on  excursions into the landscapes that inspired the  artist Doris McCarthy.

Wave Movement #8 by Doris McCarthy, 1969

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The sunglass  styles of Parisian designer Thierry Lasry epitomize  the current  take  on  glamour.  They exemplify a balance between timeless good taste  and innovation.  The collection features ‘retro-futuristic’ forms which are elegantly sculpted from vintage acetates sourced from the venerated Italian supplier Mazzucchelli.

The soft edged and typically up-swept shapes are ample in scale yet well proportioned. They manage to  flatter the wearer’s facial features without concealing them.  The voluptuous fronts appear to float on the face and are gracefully supported by slender metal temples.

 

George Hurrell photograph sourced from the 15th issue of Acne Paper

Thierry’s  use of unique colour combinations and patterns of  rare acetates warehoused  since the 1980’s  enhances the allure of his creations.  His ‘neo-vintage’  styles have been  produced in France since the launch of his line in 2006.  Thierry has also been the artistic director of his father’s ophthalmic frame line Harry Lary’s since 2002.

 

George Hurrell photograph sourced from the 15th issue of Acne Paper

 Thierry Lasry sunglasses can be sourced in the worlds most prestigious contemporary boutiques including London’s Dover Street Market and Lane Crawford shops in Hong Kong.  In Toronto you are invited to appreciate  the collection at our Bayview  and Flagship locations.

In keeping with the designer’s ‘neo-vintage’  aesthetic, we  recently displayed his modern eyewear paired with  images produced by George Hurrell,  a photographer who made a significant contribution to the perception of glamour presented by Hollywood during the 1930s and 1940s.

George Hurrell photograph sourced from the 15th issue of Acne Paper

 

 

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Within the Bevel Eyewear collection there is an  abundant variety of  frame sizes, colours, materials and shapes.    The range is so comprehensive that  every client could potentially find a specimen within it that suites them.

In production since 1999, all Bevel frames  have shared the classification of being functional, flattering and fun.  All design elements they incorporate are meant to enhance the look, fit and performance of each model.  Void of  conspicuous  adornments,  the collection features only a refinement of  elements which are essential to comfort and a minimal aesthetic.

illustration by Olaf Hajeck

Co-founders Rick Nelson and Richard Mewha remain invested in elevating the standards of production of frames and the public’s perception of  the  value of eyewear.  Their commitment to research and development  in manufacturing in Japan have  resulted in innovations which benefit the end wearer in terms of fit.  Richard’s designs and unique colour choices for  frames  are in benefit of making their eyewear as essential to personal style and self-esteem as apparel or cosmetics.

Illustration by Olaf Hajeck

 

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Wear Them Out!

16 May
2014
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As we in Toronto wait patiently for Spring, our  latest arrivals from  l.a. Eyeworks of California remind us that the season of renewal   is close at hand.  We have placed them prominently at the front of our  Flagship location in order to inspire our winter ravaged clientele!

When the collection’s self-taught designers Gai Gherardi and Barbara McReynolds opened their Melrose Avenue shop in 1979  the sign in the window  stated their intent.  It read : “Changing the face. Facing the change.

The pair remain  dedicated to the production of  quirky and unrestrained creations which can alter the aesthetic and outlook of the end wearer.   Gai maintains that “great glasses can be a catalyst of positive transformation for any person”.

The era-defining ‘Bondo’ frame of the 1980’s has evolved into the new ‘Bondu’ model in stainless steel.  It features the barrel of the eye-wire screw as a design element.

‘Date Shake’ in ‘Silver to Pink’  is light and opalescent. 

 ‘Cairo’ in ‘Kale and Hay Split’ features matte and textured acetate.

 ‘Bar Fedora’ in ‘Glass Berry’ is vibrant and flirtatious.

   We invite you to embrace the new and experience the delights of the l. a. Eyeworks collection.

Try them on!  Wear them out!

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Divine Decadence

27 Apr
2014
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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, At the Moulin Rouge, 1892-93. The Art Institute of Chicago, Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection

Our most recent arrivals of  Matsuda sunglasses evoke the elegant trappings of the  fin-de-siècle.  In an era were  the visual arts and literature favored artifice over nature and sophistication over simplicity, curious and unconventional forms emerged.

    If we could transport these frames back to  the late nineteenth century they would have been appreciated  then as surely as they are now.  One could anticipate the decay of social order in true Gothic style while adorned by these marvels of intricate detail and refinement.  These fascinating indulgences are currently available at our flagship location.

 

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Girls Gone Wild

08 Apr
2014
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Cindy Ray in her studio, Ivanhoe, Australia 1960’s.
Copyright: The Amsterdam Tattoo Museum, Amsterdam

  The self-assurance  and ease of being expressed by tattoo artist Cindy Ray in the image above is as inspiring as her eccentric choice of eyewear.  To ladies eager to project  a similar air of irreverence we can offer a bounty of  flirtatious  frame options.

The designers at Linda Farrow ,in collaboration with England`s lingerie institution Agent Provocateur, have created scalloped and studded styles which suggest confidence and sensuality.

  The daughters and wife of Parisian  eyewear craftsman Francis Klein continue to inspire feminine creations which are entirely hand-made and decorated in France.

Fine layers of fabrics laminated within acetate and whimsical embellishments are quintessential features of  this delightful collection.

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Brace For Impact

04 Mar
2014
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Aircraft Spotter, London, 1943

 

The recent revival of  vintage sunglass  features such as flat based lenses with reflective surfaces and cupped temporal shields has us in a nostalgic mood.

Looking as modern today as in decades past, the presence  of these conspicuous adornments and treatments commands your attention.  Though they may lack the utility of their initial intent, these features certainly evoke an allure.

  Matsuda Eyewear has produced a model which is  the most striking example of  this trend.  Exquisitely crafted, it incorporates elements of  matte acetate with  fine metal filigree and laser etched motifs.  It’s beautifully embossed leather side shields are hand-stitched with precision.   This marvel is a rare accomplishment and  epitomizes the level of craftsmanship for which the  exclusive brand is revered.

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