Andy Wolf Eyewear is handmade in the small Styrian town of Hartberg, Austria, where it was founded in 2006. Made of acetate, the eyewear combines retro inspiration with a keen sense of what is stylish now. The collection is whimsical and edgy, and includes everything from undeniably feminine cat eyes, encrusted with pearls and adorned with filigree, to sturdy brow-lines, to classic, subtle rectangles. Colors range from traditional browns and blacks, to gem like reds and blues, to pearlescent golds and greens. They recently released a five-piece women’s collection inspired by timeless sex symbol Bettie Page. An exclusive. Available in University City.
Barton Perreira When internationally acclaimed accessories designer Patty Perreira met Bill Barton, President of Oliver Peoples, a match was made in more ways than one and a modern classic was born. Launched in 2007, the Los Angeles-based brand rapidly expanded into local and international markets and became known for its unique brand of restrained glamour and meticulous design. This is eyeglass designing at its finest and most polished. Classic, vintage-inspired shapes that just plain look great. Available in University City.
Renowned, award-winning eyewear designer Blake Kuwahara launches his first self-titled eyewear collection, Blake Kuwahara Eyewear. The debut, eighteen unisex optical and sunglass styles, all handmade in Japan, is architecturally-inspired and fine, each frame individually crafted from richly colored Italian and Japanese acetates, with one style incorporating titanium. Kuwahara’s design inspiration was initially driven by aesthetics and a desire to fulfill his own design needs and those in his social circle. “Like many people I know, I straddle both the artistic and business worlds. Many of us struggled to find suitable eyewear, hence the prototype I designed for myself,” says Kuwahara. An exclusive. Available at both locations.
Caroline Abram started as an optician in a family business where she quickly discovered her passion for design. A young stylist of accessories and jewelry, she creates a universe around the subject she knows best, eyewear. All her inspiration comes from her diverse origin (Caribbean, Indian, French, and Polish). Raised in Dakar, Senegal, she fell in love with the people and their culture, and as a result her unique frames are fresh with color and a unique approach, including original shapes and inventive layering. Available in University City.
Carter Bond These woodies from Australian label Carter bond, designed by Jonathan Hennessy Sceats (whose family has been in optics since 1922), takes its inspiration from swinging London in the Sixties and forges it’s wood-look frames out of acetate rather than actual wood for durability and comfort, and, for the sake of fun. According to GQ’s online style blog (which mentioned Modern Eye in the article), Carter Bond “perfectly walks the line between classic and just plain cool.” An exclusive. Available at both locations.
Claire Goldsmith is the great-granddaughter of P. Oliver Goldsmith, one of the most influential designers and creators of modern day fashion eyewear (see Oliver Goldsmith below). Claire comes from eyewear design royalty and its clear there is something in the Goldsmith DNA, for she has distinguished herself in the field as a designer of unmistakable talent. The latest collection borrows from her heritage, but adds a clear modern sensibility. Subdued, saturated colors lend sophistication and interest. If that were not enough, Claire has released her great-grandfather’s vintage sunglass designs of the 1960’s, many designed specifically for the likes of Audrey Hepburn. Spectacular. Claire Goldsmith Eyewear and Sunglasses, and Oliver Goldsmith Sunglasses are available at both locations.
Jono Hennessey is the 21st century brand of much-loved Australian designer Jonathan Hennessy Sceats. Jono starting designing his eyewear 25 years ago, when he inherited boxes of frames from the 50's and 60's from his optometrist father. This became a design influence when he created his own brand, which rapidly became a must-have accessory. This iconic master of Australian eyewear was behind the bright pop art meets surf culture frames and sunglasses from the 80s. Jono's eyewear, drawings and tools are held in the permanent design collection at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, hailed as an excellent example of Australian design that combines quality materials and precision production with personal innovation. Fashion forward designs and handcrafted quality. An exclusive. Available in Center City.
Jason and Karen Kirk, the founders and designers of the iconic line, Kirk Originals, are now exclusively designing Kirk & Kirk, their new endeavor. The Kirk family have been pioneers in optics since Sidney and Percy opened their first London workshops in 1919. Three generations later, inspired by their heritage and twenty years of passion for eyewear, Jason and Karen Kirk have created the next step in fashion-forward funk. Handmade from start to finish in France, with lustrous finishes and retro-inspired shapes, they sport a Sterling silver or 9ct gold accent pin in a classic version, seen here, or in the shape of a lion, fly, ram or stallion head, all cast in Birmingham England. An exclusive. Available in University City.
Mykita Truly ground breaking design, top-of-the-line product quality, and a history of innovation have helped to make Mykita a major name on the international market since 2003. Mykita’s patented hinge concepts have given the brand a unique identity. The frame designs are avantgarde, individual, and unmistakable. Sleek, handsome and ultimately modern, Mykita has re-invented the metal frame in laser-cut stainless steel. One of the most durable frames on the market. Available at both locations.
Rapp Limited 24 years ago Mel Rapp opened a tiny eyewear dispensary at the back of his mother’s Toronto hat shop. What seemed like a crazy idea at the time has grown into one of the most unique and avant-garde optical shops with its very own line of eyewear. The audacious shapes and strikingly beautiful colors of handmade satin-finish acetate contrast with the brushed titanium temples to make for a distinctly original look. Each new Rapp eyewear collection is a limited edition, and the frames are all designed/machined in-house and assembled/finished completely by hand in Canada. A very special line to us. An exclusive. Available at both locations.
RetroSpecs & Co is quite unique. For several years they have crossed the country and assembled approximately 100,000 eyeglass frames from the 1870’s to the early 1970’s in what is perhaps the world’s largest vintage collection. Their mission is to preserve, restore and share the revolutionary designs and unbeatable quality of antique and early modern eyewear. Each RetroSpecs piece is registered to guarantee its authenticity. RetroSpecs has attracted quite a celebrity following, including Marc Antony, Tom Cruise, Jennifer Anniston, Michael J. Fox, and P. Diddy, who owns close to 50 pairs. They carry an array of vintage 12k gold-filled pieces and buffalo horn as well for your taste. Available at both locations.
Francis Klein In the 1970s, Francis Klein, optician, opened his shop in the seventh arrondissement of Paris. Dispirited by the lack of original frames on the market, he decided to create his own, assisted by his wife, Michele, an interior designer. Today the line is that rare commodity in eyeglass frames; a true original. Handcrafted by French artisans, this family business produces each frame with the greatest care and passion using a special acetate created to house unique elements such as real laces, feathers, and silk fabrics. The carefully set jewels, beads, and crystals distinguish Monsieur Klein’s creations from other such designs. An exclusive. Available in University City.
ROLF Spectacles A small, family-run business situated in the heart of the Tyrolean Alps, ROLF Spectacles produces hand-made, lightweight wooden and bamboo eyeglass frames completely out of natural materials without any metal parts or screws, relying instead upon a unique, ingenious patented wooden hinge. The designs are subtle and timeless with a highlight on the precision and loving attention paid to detail in the finishing process. Handsome and sleek, ROLF Spectacles are maintenance-free, extremely light, incredibly comfortable, and undeniably luxurious. An exclusive. Available in Center City.
Vinylize After searching for a new material to make eyeglass frames, Zachary Tipton discovered his father’s old record collection, and had the idea to recycle the abundant material to serve a new purpose. Originally developed from communist vinyl salvaged from Budapest flea markets, the finds were eventually fused with biodegradable cellulose-acetate using proprietary technology, and following years of testing, the team developed methods to transform one of the longest lasting plastics into eyewear. With due respect to the resurgence of vinyl, Vinylize seeks out those recordings that have been passed over and are headed to the landfill. They offer a range of styles featuring cool, chunky frames, modern lines, and brightly colored accents. An exclusive. Available at both locations.
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