Designer Spotlight: Tarian
This season, luscious, juicy orange colours and plenty of 60s and 70s design, instilled with a healthy dose of vitamins.
Since 2011, Jeremy Miklitarian has been cultivating his know-how and his search for details by developing his collections in the form of micro-editions.
Inspired by his travels, it is in Paris a few streets from Place des Vosges that the artist puts down his luggage. There he draws, assembles, and composes elegant and uninhibited glasses.
He says it is exploring, adventuring and playing that invites us to look at things differently.
Tarian designer eyewear can be found at Insight Eyeworks in Aurora, Ontario.
Parasite is a futuristic french eyewear design company that revolutionized eyewear in 2002. Still independent, they are a design and innovation lead eyewear company.
Their mission : experiment with the interaction between human and eyewear.
Manufactured in France, they have been awarded at international design awards in Paris and Japan.
Designer spotlight: Freudenhaus / fhone
Freudenhaus, or FHone, is a popular exclusive brand that fits a wide range of lifestyles. Hand crafted in Germany, FHone glasses are made by fine craftsman with an irreproachable commitment to quality.
Stephan Flatsher and Uwe Pinhammer believe that eyewear should be trendy and stylish, timeless, elegant and chic. Also unique and individual to the wearer. They want you to love your glasses as much as you love yourself!
Materials include Japanese titanium and Italian acetate. The hinges are calibrated from Austria and combined with German engineering, while the design is by Stephan Fletsher.
The mix of classic inspiration and a touch of modernity makes for a perfect design. FHone is the fusion of design, quality and comfort. It is more than a fashion accessory, it is a part of you!
It may surprise you to know that, not only, do we provide a boutique selection of fashion eyewear designers across the globe, we also provide service.
For example we offer repairs, replacements, and refitting services on any of the frames we've sold in the past, currently have in our collection, or have access to from any of our suppliers.
If you have a luxury designer brand pair of glasses that you need service for, give us a call. If we can, we'll help!
Jewellery frames created by the Quebec soprano Anne-Marie Faniel. She designed them to reveal the unique personality of each wearer.
They feature coloured materials, made of recycled acetate, resulting from a unique original process, imagined by the designer and skillfully blended to highlight the skin tone and morphology of each person, in order to reveal the unique beauty in each face.
Faniel has four distinct collections.
The Faniel Artistic collection. Pure and hard, it is aimed at the most expressive of us and offers bold and assertive designs designed to harmonize different characteristics of each face.
The Faniel au cube collection, where each frame is named after a positive energy, allowing the wearer to carry these beneficial waves to themselves and to others.
The ¡Artista! An evolving collection inspired by the great artists who have marked our planet. An exciting universe exploring metal and acetate, allowing the designer to give free rein to her artistic imagination. Works of art for your eyes!
Océana! Designed by Anne-Marie's daughter, Clara Faniel, the young designer has created a resolutely trendy and contemporary collection, inspired by a free and vibrant lifestyle, inviting carefree and free living by the sea.
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You shouldn’t take your eyesight for granted. Unfortunately, there are so many myths surrounding vision and eyesight that it’s hard to tell fact from fiction. To solve this, we've broken down the six most common myths around eyesight and explain why they’re false.
1. Eating lots of carrots will help you see in the dark
I’m sure most people have heard of this one, but it’s not true! Unfortunately, no matter how many carrots you eat, you won’t be able to see in the dark. However, carrots do contain a large amount of vitamin A, which is great for helping to protect the cornea.
Your diet does have an effect on eyesight. Eggs, oily fish, fortified low-fat spreads, milk, yoghurt and green leafy vegetables are important to eye health.
2. Reading in poor light will hurt your eyes
Reading in dimmed light will not damage your eyes, thankfully. Before the invention of electric light, most nighttime reading and other work was done by dim candlelight or gaslight.
Reading in dim light today won't harm your eyes any more than it did your ancestors' eyes or any more than taking a photograph in dim light will damage a camera.
Reading in dim light can put a strain on your eyes through slowing down the blink rate, but it won’t harm your eyes.
3. Wearing eyeglasses that are too strong or have the wrong prescription will damage your eyes
It’s not a good idea to wear eyeglasses that are too strong or have the wrong prescription, but it won’t harm your eyesight. Eyeglasses change the light rays that your eyes receive - they do not change any part of the eye itself.
Wearing glasses that are too strong or otherwise wrong for your eyes cannot harm your eyes — At worst, the glasses will fail to correct vision and make you uncomfortable because of blurriness.
4. Wearing eyeglasses will weaken your eyes
Eyeglasses worn to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism or presbyopia will not weaken your eyes any more than they will permanently solve these types of vision problems.
Glasses are simply external optical aids that correct vision for people who suffer from refractive errors. Exceptions are glasses given to children with crossed eyes (strabismus) or lazy eye (amblyopia). These glasses are used temporarily to help straighten their eyes or improve vision.
5. Crossing your eyes may make them permanently crossed
This is untrue! Your eye muscles are meant to allow you to move your eyes in many different directions. Looking left, right, up or down will not force your eyes to stay permanently crossed. Crossed eyes result from disease, from an uncorrected refractive error, or from muscle or nerve damage, not from forcing your eyes into that position.
6. Staring at a TV or computer screen will ruin your eyesight
It’s hard to believe that staring at a screen all day won’t harm your eyes, but it’s true. Even though your mum used to swear you’d get square eyes from watching too much telly, screens aren’t as bad as the headlines might make out.
Like most things in life, moderation is key and it’s important to take regular breaks away from your computer, TV, or phone screen. The 20/20/20 rule will have you covered: every 20 minutes look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This should help prevent your eyes from getting tired and strained.
However, research suggests that using devices before bed can upset our natural sleep patterns, so keep device usage to a minimum as bedtime approaches.
Anyone concerned about their eye health should speak to professional.
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For a limited time, you can enjoy a FREE Transitions upgrade or Blue light filter.
The latest generation of Transitions® lenses is designed to keep up with your lifestyle, providing the best visual performance—indoors and out, day and night.
WHAT IS HARMFUL BLUE LIGHT?
It’s part of the visible light spectrum, which comes from both the sun and artificial light sources like digital screens and fluorescent lights. This type of light gets absorbed deep in the eye, making it potentially impacting to long-term vision. Overexposure to blue-violet light or Harmful Blue Light, especially outside in the sun and through constant use of electronic devices and screens, is why protecting your vision has never been more important.
HOW TO PROTECT YOUR EYES FROM HARMFUL BLUE LIGHT
There are lenses that help reduce exposure to Harmful Blue Light including the Transitions® adaptive lenses which selectively filter Harmful Blue Light and provide at least 20% protection indoors and over 85% protection outdoors.
Ask about our Transitions special when you book your appointment.
DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT:CUTLER & Gross
Cutler and Gross is a visionary British luxury eyewear brand that has been creating sunglasses and opticals for the discerning client with a sense of individual style for over 50 years.
“The Cutler and Gross customer has always been an individual. Eccentric maybe, but a rare breed, certainly.” - Graham Cutler
For decades, Graham Cutler and Tony Gross’s frames relied, in part, upon their reputation being dripped and whispered within style and fashion circles like verbal quicksilver. Considered bastions of iconic eyewear, Cutler and Gross designs continue to grace many of the most recognizable faces in the worlds of art, design, music and film.
Celebrities in Cutler and Gross include Keira Knightley, Michael Fassbender, Bill Nighy, Tinie Temper, Lily Allen, Victoria Beckham , Rihanna, Cheryl Cole, David Gandy, and even Marc Jacobs, himself!
Today the brand has stores in the UK, North America and Canada and is stocked in selected department, optical and concept stores worldwide.
DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: Ann & valentin
Anne & Valentin is a brand born from the wild dream of two opticians from Toulouse, a town in the South-West of France. The couple, looking for graphic and original frames for their friends, decided to create what they couldn’t find. Today, still driven by their fierce independence and their familial state of mind, they continue to develop a vision that embodies their research, fueled by the highest standards and their love for glasses themselves.
"In the Anne & Valentin creation studio, we constantly question ourselves and find ways to redefine lines and volumes, rethink the relationship between reliefs and face, and then draw on the various artistic expressions that have left an imprint in history."
With over 30 years experience licensed optician Joe Bushara and his highly experienced team, bring you the latest trends in frames and technologies in lenses from around the world.