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 at both locations.
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.
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.
Michel Henau is a Belgian collection and is the result of the hard work of two driven opticians, Michel Henau and Marc Delagrange. Both completed an art education before they settled down as independent opticians. Currently the collection is presided over by Marc Delagrange and his wife. They strive to achieve the perfect symbiosis between shapes, functionality and quality. Available in University 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.
Maui Jim got its start in 1980 as a small company selling sunglasses on Ka'anapali beach in Lahaina, Maui. Seeing a need in the market for technology that could combat intense glare and harmful UV while bringing the brilliant colors of the island to life we engineered the revolutionary PolarizedPlus2® lens.Our home office is located in Lahaina, Maui, and we still design and test all of our sunglasses there. Available in University City.
Say-oH. Created in Japan by ex-pat Chris Esposito this Asian fit collection is an eclectic artistic grouping of colorful designs that range from playful to classic. This line crafted from aluminum, titanium, cotton acetate or stainless-steel fits many bridges that most lines do not address. An exclusive. Available in Center City.
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.
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.
Tipton: 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.
modern eye center city - 141 Eyewear, Ago Eyewear, Andy Wolf, Bevel Spectacles, Biggu, Blake Kuwahara, Claire Goldsmith, Cuthbert & Chen, Dandy’s, F.A.C.E., Fiction, Intrigue, l.a. Eyeworks, Lunor, Menizzi Eyewear, Mykita, Oakley, Oliver Goldsmith Sunglasses, Oliver Peoples, Rapp Limited, Rec Specs, RetroSpecs & Co, RetroSpecs Horn, Robert La Roche, Roger Dutch Eyewear, ROLF Spectacles, Ray-Ban Sunglasses, Rudy Project, Salt Optics, Say-oH Hancrafted Japanese Eyewear, Struktur, Tipton: Vinylize, and Nvsble
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