Jung at Heart

Carl Jung

“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”
C.G. Jung

Michael Fassbender portraying Carl Jung in David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method

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Romanticism Redux

The August 2012 edition of W Magazine features apparel designer Haider Ackermann. His own antique spectacles are evocative of a more romantic epoch.  Sometimes a subtle expression makes a larger impression than a brash statement, such as the thick acetate frames which dominate the market at the moment.  My own vintage Oliver Peoples frame is shown here with an image of the designer and actress Tilda Swinton by photographer Solve Sundsbo.

Frames of like virtue, which are currently available at our stores, are depicted below. Shown are styles produced by Oliver Peoples, Lunor and Anne et Valentin.

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In the Eye

“The soul, fortunately, has an interpreter – often an unconscious but still a faithful interpreter – in the eye.”
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

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Lobster Love

What Mrs. J.  really appreciated was any charming depiction of a lobster, and especially it’s use as a decorative motif in jewelry. Had this phone been at her disposal, you bet she’d have been on it!

Aphrodisiac Telephone, Salvador Dali, 1936

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Mrs. J. would have appreciated this provocative  show  which runs until September 3rd at the Musee National des Beaux-Arts du Quebec.

IN WONDERLAND The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States

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A True Arbiter of Great Taste

Mrs. Merryl Josephson

Seventeen years ago I encountered a profound influence on my life. Mrs. Merryl Josephson was a force to recon with. As a new employee and protégé I was provoked to her earn her respect, but I made many miss steps. We shared common temperaments, however, which endeared her to me. She was an exacting personality with exquisite taste and an appreciation of quality and craftsmanship.

I cherished her company; in it I witnessed fleeting moments when she exhibited profound compassion, humility and a reverence of beauty in art and the natural world. In those rare moments of reflection when her guard was down, Mrs. J. would share lucid recollections of her youth while exuding warmth and courting sentimentality. I was privileged to have borne witness to all of those instances and to have known the true breadth of her range of emotion and personality.

Mrs. J. provided me with access to resources and to influential people whom I would otherwise never have had an opportunity to engage. Her son Josh Josephson continues that tradition of mentor-ship. His encouragement allows for the enrichment his mother fostered to perpetuate. For that I am extremely grateful.

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Observe the spectacle!

Welcome to the inaugural posting to our Josephson blog. Our intention is to reflect how the culture and attitudes of the public domain influence how we regard eyeglasses and to celebrate  those  individuals  who wear them well.   It will be a platform from which to share how innovative eye-wear design inspires us.

We hope to affect you by featuring the creations of the vanguards of the industry, our eclectic influences and sources of inspiration.

Observe the spectacle!

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