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One of the things we love about the Tom Davies collection is that it is always changing! Every couple of months he releases a new group of limited edition frames, each made in very small quantities—usually only 50 to 100 of each design, but sometimes as few as 5. We hand-select what we think are the most interesting, unique, pretty or innovative of the group and bring them to you! Many of the limited edition pieces are created in colors not available in the main collection. Here is a small sampling of new limited editions! Notice the amazing white and tortoise multi-color laminate. The tortoise front is carved away to expose the white layer beneath, creating the look of second frame in relief! It is set off by a subtle turquoise hinge detail.The silver titanium sunglasses are part of the “Rock Star” series. Bold in looks but surprisingly lightweight, this is one of only 5 pieces made! This series is based on a frame that Tom custom-made for Matthew Bellamy from the rock band “Muse”. It surely won’t last long! Some of the limited editions are more subtle, like the pretty pink frame with the slight cat-eye shape. As with all Tom Davies frames, any of the limited editions can be customized, modified and ordered to fit you precisely! Stop in frequently to see our ever-changing collection!Also, don’t forget our Oliver Peoples Trunk Show this Saturday from 11-5. Oliver Peoples is a very large collection, so it is the only time you will be able to see everything in the collection at one time—all sizes and colors, too! Also, watch this space for an announcement about a special théo event coming in June!
We at Eye Elegance are so excited to bring you our first-ever trunk show with Oliver Peoples eyewear! Since 1987, Oliver Peoples and its creative director Larry Leight have been creating iconic, “must-have” eyewear. Considered one of the pioneers of luxury eyewear, Oliver Peoples continues to evolve and create beautiful handcrafted pieces of art for the face.The story of how Oliver Peoples came to be is best told by Larry himself in this video: Oliver Peoples History from Oliver Peoples on Vimeo.Larry’s designs and unique philosophy have changed the course of eyewear and influenced designers around the world. His styles have been seen on some of the most recognizable faces in the fashion and entertainment industries and have been featured in several of the most respected fashion magazines globally. He independently consulted on the launch of Prada, Miu Miu, Jil Sander, Helmut Lang and Vera Wang’s eyewear brands. He is also one of the first eyewear designers to be elected as a member of the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America).Please join us on Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to view the collection in its entirety, including the new releases for Spring/Summer 2013. We would love to see you here!
It’s that time of year, and we need to make more room for all of the fantastic things we found at Vision Expo East! Now through April 30 we have more frames on sale than ever before—up to 60% off! This time we have made it even easier for you to find which frames are marked down. Every sale frame is marked with a ribbon. Blue is 25% off, Green is 40% off on selected Chrome Hearts frames, Red is 50% off and Orange is 60% off, including 60% off all remaining Judith Leiber, Persol, Chanel and Alain Mikli!While there are selected frames on sale in almost every collection, the sale also features a full 50% off ALL in-stock Lafont, LA Eyeworks and Tom Ford frames. With a quick look around, you will find a $600 Robert Marc aviator for $300, a $700 David Yurman Sunglass for $350 or a Vintage Oliver Peoples frame marked down to $225! Remember, sale prices apply to in-stock merchandise only, so the sooner you come in, the bigger the selection will be! As always, there are SOME restrictions (for instance, Cartier is never marked down), but we have tried to make it as easy for you to find something great on sale as possible! We hope to see you soon!
Daniel and I are freshly back from New York, and a VERY successful Vision Expo! We started Thursday evening with a party at the Cartier mansion at 52nd street and 5th Ave for a viewing of the newest releases and a few glasses of champagne. We couldn’t take pictures, but I can tell you that the “Panthere Wilde” sunglasses are a beautiful piece of art, and there is a new design with diamond solitaires in the temples that are unlike anything Cartier has done before. Then we were off to an after-party where we mingled from friends and colleagues in the optical business from around the globe. We finished off the night with a slice of genuine New York Pizza! Our first appointment on Friday morning was with Lindberg, and they always have something special to show us. This time it was a collection of hand-selected buffalo horn frames with beautiful, unique colorations. Each of these frames is truly a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. Since we were the first appointment of the show, we got our pick of the collection, and chose four frames with the most interesting patterns. These should arrive in our store within two weeks!
Finally! One of the products that had us the most excited at Vision Expo West in Las Vegas last year has arrived, and it is as cool as we remember! One of our favorite independent eyewear companies, Entourage of 7, has created a collection of beta titanium that is everything we expect—lightweight, clean, flexible and comfortable. Handcrafted in Japan, the colors range from subtle to bold, and all feature a comfortable acetate temple cover in a contrasting color.The essence of cool, the dream of Entourage of 7 was to create a luxury eyewear label that would, like their home city of Los Angeles, constantly reinvent itself, always be at the forefront of design and technology and always be new. This new collection of frames is a complete departure from their previous looks, and we at Eye Elegance applaud their innovation, and cannot wait to show you these frames in person! We are sure that when we see Jakob from Entourage at Vision Expo East in two weeks he will have even more fantastic things to show us!
It’s February, and new pieces from the Spring collections continue to arrive! We are particularly excited about these two!First is the Limited Edition M4 from the Oliver Peoples Vintage Collection. The M4 was one of the original styles introduced to the Oliver Peoples brand. Like the original, the re-release is handcrafted in Japan and features scroll filigree detail on the eyewire. The metal design is plated with antique colors and offered as both an optical and a sunglass with vintage glass lenses. The M4 is a classic addition to the Oliver Peoples Circa 1987 Original Vintage Collection.Next is the newest offering in menswear from David Yurman. We have been anxiously awaiting new men’s frames from DY for some time, and these do not disappoint! The two optical shapes and onesunglass style come in classic colors—Black, Tortoise and Olive Quartz. All of the frames feature the classic DY dog tag hinge detail, this time in titanium with a richly subtle alligator pattern plated in Palladium for a bright contrast, or in Black or Gunmetal PVD for a more subtle look.We would love to see you in person and help you to update your look for Spring! Call or stop in any time!
Look at this!One of our favorite customers recently ordered a custom frame from Tom Davies, and what a beauty it is! We have a version of this frame in somewhat more muted colors, but she loves color, and had another idea for her frame. As you can see, the result is a combination of a beautiful iridescent blue and vibrant Kelly green. The blue and yellow swirled temples really complete the frame! This is a one-of-a-kind creation in titanium and acetate, and comes with the customer’s name engraved inside the temple. Stop in and let us create a unique design for you, too!Robert Marc Limited EditionsWe are eagerly preparing for our Robert Marc trunk show on February 9, (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and haveJUST received some of the “Parrot Cay” Resort Limited Edition collection! The beautiful, unique colors that Robert has created for this collection truly have to be seen in person to be appreciated. We sold two of the sunglasses (both in the “Iguana” color!) the same day we put them on the shelf, so don’t miss your opportunity to see these frames in person—we are sure that inventories will not last long!We hope to see you soon!Tim
We at Eye Elegance are so excited to bring you an eyewear event featuring Robert Marc’s first Resort Eyewear collection “Parrot Cay” and his Fall/Winter collection “India” on February 9, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.The Fall/Winter 2012 collection looks east to India, a treasury of art, architecture and culture. India is exalted as the country of color; every marketplace is an aesthetic dive into pools of color, pattern, texture and shape. The collection features batik-inspired temple designs in a rich mélange of copper, crimson and indigo patterns, paired with bold solid fronts in Indo-Black, oxblood and Jodhpur blue. In the men’s collection, signature styles are featured in Amber/Havana, Oxblood and Blue Smoke imbue intelligence and drama.In his first (and I believe first of its kind) Resort collection, Robert has collaborated with the Caribbean oasis of Parrot Cay to create a new limited edition collection inspired by the private island retreat in the Turks & Caicos. The “Parrot Cay” resort collection combines the luxury materials of the renowned brand with sophisticated color combinations, mirroring the breathtaking visuals of the remote archipelago. It features three sun models in four colors and two optical models in five colors. With colors like “Iguana” and “Tamarind”, it’s easy to get into a Caribbean frame of mind; “Caribe”, “Parrot” and “Tortoise” complete the color palette. This collection is limited to one production run, so supplies will be very limited (and it’s so new that we don’t even have a picture yet, but I have seen them in person and they are BEAUTIFUL!).Robert Marc eyewear reflects a classic, modern and effortless style. Over the past 30 years, the brand has developed an international following of some of the world’s most discerning clientele through offering highly-tailored handcrafted pieces. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, February 9!
As I reflect this week on the year past, with all of its triumphs and tragedies, I simply wanted to take this time and space to wish all of our friends a very happy Christmas, and a wonderful 2013. My heart goes out to the families who lost loved ones in Newtown this week, as well as all who lost loved ones in Aurora, CO and all over the country. These events serve as a reminder that we should use this time to love our families, appreciate what we have, and enjoy our lives. From our family at Eye Elegance to you, wherever you are—Merry Christmas, and have a happy, prosperous and joyful 2013!Back to glasses in 2013!Tim
We are nearing the end of the year, and if you have a Flexible Spending Account or a Health Savings Account, you may need to use that money before the end of the year, or risk losing it. What better way could there be than purchasing a fabulous new piece of eyewear with those pre-tax dollars? Looking for inspiration? How about one of these—one of our favorite frames from Face a Face, the Print 2, now in beautiful new colors!Or for the gentleman, you might consider this new limited edition frame from Cartier. Based on their popular “Duke” from the Collection Première, they have added a beautiful Platinum Plated detail on the temple for a truly unique look. This piece is only being done for the holiday season in a single run. We will only have two frames available, so call or stop in today to see it!I also would like to thank everyone who came to our théo eyewear event on December 1! We got to see some really amazing new pieces, and thanks to you it was a resounding success! If you missed it, we will definitely be having another théo show next December. Mark your calendars now for the Robert Marc trunk show on Saturday, February 9, 2013.
One of the things we are VERY thankful for is this Limited Edition buffalo horn piece from Cartier Eyewear! This rimless frame features the “Panthère De Cartier” in a striking spotted panther pattern. Produced by laminating different colors of horn together, using a unique dying technique and then hand-carving the panther out of the horn, this is a truly unique piece. Each frame is completely different from each other. This special edition has been produced in very limited quantities. We received two, and one has already been sold! Please stop in soon for your chance to purchase a real masterpiece from The House of Cartier!Théo Eyewear Event!Don’t forget that our annual Théo Eyewear Event is on Saturday, December 1 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jessica from Théo will be here with the entire collection, including some things that even we have not seen yet! We will have food and wine, and we always have a great time at this show!! The next picture is a sneak peek of some of the new product—we have JUST begun receiving it, and it is spectacular! It features great colors (naturally!) and some new petite sizes for those hard-to-fit faces! See you there!!
We at Eye Elegance have always been proud of our association with Lindberg Eyewear. We consider it to be the finest titanium eyewear in the world, but did you know that we also offer the Lindberg Precious Collection? This collection of eyewear is only offered to the finest eyewear boutiques in the world. Lindberg Precious is manufactured from the highest quality precious metals, in combination with rare and luxurious materials such as buffalo horn, diamonds, and now the most unusual we’ve seen—mammoth tusk!The two newest pieces we have received are shown here. First is a beautiful 18 karat yellow gold piece with solid carved buffalo horn temples. You can see the natural shading of the horn color—a blend of pale golden fading into a dark brown. Horn is naturally lightweight and lustrous. Being a natural material no two pieces are exactly alike!Second is the most unique piece we have seen. Solid 18 karat white gold is highlighted by dark, lustrous brown horn inlaid with small pieces of mammoth tusk! The effect is beautiful. This is your opportunity to own—and wear—a piece of pre-history! Mammoth tusks have long been collected from the extinct beasts buried deep in the permafrost of northern Europe and North America. The ivory from this source is beautiful, and does not cause harm to modern, living species!Please stop into the store to view our entire Lindberg Precious collection, and to enquire about pricing.
In April we announced the arrival of a new frame collection—Tom Davies Bespoke eyewear. The response to the collection has been so great that we have added a new division of Tom Davies, his Limited Edition Collection. These are frames designed by Tom to be produced in a small run limited to 50 to 100 of each frame. He uses colors and materials that are unique to the Limited Edition collection and his full range of materials including cotton acetate, single- and double-block titanium. Each frame is made by hand in his own workshop using traditional techniques. Each frame takes 16 hours or more of craftsmanship!What’s more, the Limited Edition frames can be custom-tailored to fit you (Bespoke customization), and made in any of the colors and textures available in the collection for no additional cost! Advanced customization (Couture customization), including changing hinges, thickness of material and other specific details can be done for a small additional fee. All Bespoke or Couture customized frames come with your name engraved inside the temple.We have received a few of the Limited Edition frames this week, and more are on the way! Come in to Eye Elegance today and let us show you the world of possibilities available to you with the Tom Davies collection!
The time has finally come! Lindberg’s award-winning buffalo horn eyewear collection has begun to arrive, and it is beautiful! Lindberg has created frame fronts made of laminated buffalo horn with titanium temples to create frames that are super-light and richly colored. Because horn is a natural material, each piece is truly unique—a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. We have received two pieces so far, and expect more in the near future.Also in buffalo horn is the limited edition “Club Premiere Edition” from Cartier. Cartier Paris commissioned only 750 pieces of this frame for the worldwide market, with only 50 frames allocated for the United States. The frame has a horn front and horn temples with a temple detail plaque that features a circular-grained metal—a detail that has never been used before in the eyewear collection. This limited edition will not last long—call the store for pricing and availability.Finally, a note on horn frames. Horn from Asian and African water buffalo is one of the most highly sought-after materials for luxury eyewear. It is lightweight (much lighter than plastics), polishes to a beautiful luster and is richly colored. If treated properly it will develop a rich patina with age and will stay beautiful for decades. Because it is a natural material, no two frames are exactly alike, creating a unique work of art for your face! All of our horn frames come with a care kit and instructions on keeping your frame in good condition.Also, be assured that no animals are slaughtered for their horns. The horn is a byproduct of the cattle industry, from animals that are raised as a source of food and leather production. Stop in soon to see one of these masterpieces!
The people at Entourage of 7 are showing off their design and material innovation once again with the Tpox series of frames, and they are available now at Eye Elegance! Tpox is a play on the fact that the frames are all titanium with an epoxy inset field on the frame front. The coloring and finishing process is a multi-step endeavor, resulting in multi-colored frames. On one group the entire frame is finished twice, first in one color, for instance gold, and then completely finished in a second color, say, brown. Then the decorative field is laser-etched in a grooved pattern to expose the color underneath. Finally the entire section is filled in clear epoxy, resulting in a smooth feel with visible color contrast and texture. On another group the frame is finished in one solid color, say green, laser-etched in a grooved pattern and filled with a colored epoxy. The result is the green frame above—you can see that the blue epoxy has filled the decorative field, allowing the green ridges in the pattern to show through. The result is everything we have come to expect from Entourage of 7—simultaneously clean, modern, beautiful and innovative! Come in soon to see the entire Entourage of 7 collection!Blast from the Past!This issue’s featured classic frame is the 56-4174 from John-Paul Gaultier. This piece from 20 years ago features built-in side shields and exposed springs in shiny palladium for a look that has never gone out-of style. A little steam-punk and a little classic, this should be a part of any serious eyewear junkie’s collection!
Eye Elegance is excited to bring you a trunk show featuring frames by Judith Leiber. A premiere American luxury brand, Judith Leiber has redefined accessories with designs that are as timeless as they are elegant. Aligned with the brand’s world-renowned handbags, this collection is handcrafted luxury drown of the finest materials and design inspiration. Each product is executed with meticulous attention to detail and flawless finishing.Judith Leiber creations are peerless in their artistry and craftsmanship. Nearly every First Lady dating back to 1953 has carried custom-made Judith Leiber bags to the US Presidential inauguration ceremonies, and Judith Leiber minaudieres are part of the permanent design collections at leading museums, including The Smithsonian and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, as well as our own Houston Museum of Fine Arts. Also a red carpet favorite, Judith Leiber is truly an iconic American brand.Please join us on Saturday, June 9 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to view the entire Judith Leiber eyewear collection, including all of the new releases for 2012!Blast from the Past!This week’s classic frame is the S80 Sunglass from Robert LaRoche! Strong geometric shapes and unusual details were the hallmark of the Robert LaRoche collection, and this sunglass really delivers. Lustrous acetate in a combination of matte and shiny finishes, stainless steel details and genuine hand-finished rivets make this a hand-made work of art—I think I could see this on Lady Gaga, don’t you? Contact the store for pricing on this hard-to-find hand-made work of art!
When we at Eye Elegance decide to introduce a new collection, it has to be something really special. We know that you as our clients expect the very best from us, so we are truly excited to bring Tom Davies eyewear collection to you!Tom studied Film and Television at the University of East Anglia before flying to China at age 21 with his backpack to work for a startup eyewear factory. Cutting his teeth on the factory floor, Tom helped build production from scratch whilst designing for other brands the world over.Returning to London in 2000, Tom set up his couture business, creating spectacles and sunglasses the the rich and famous. Even at $7000 a frame, Tom’s waiting list sometimes ran to 12 months. Tom then decided to set up a Ready to Wear line, which was offered through top boutique opticians across the world. In 2008 Tom opened his own factory and now offers a full bespoke (made-to-measure) service through his global network of exclusive opticians.We are proud to be included in this network, and now have the Tom Davies ready to wear collection on display—but that just where it starts. Every frame can be custom tailored to your face. We can change the frame measurements, temple style, frame finish, hinge style and color. Every Tom Davies frame can be ordered in every color he offers. We can make a temple longer, add nosepads to any acetate frame, or add depth to the lens to better accommodate a progressive. We would love the opportunity to design a frame especially for you—it will even have your name engraved inside the temple! Stop in and see us soon!Judith Leiber Trunk ShowMark your calendars now—we will be presenting the entire 2012 Judith Leiber eyewear collection on Saturday, June 9 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our sales rep Richard will be here with his samples, so it will be your opportunity to see every Judith Leiber frame in every color. We look forward to seeing you there.Blast from the Past!Finally, I am adding a section to my blog. I will be featuring a classic frame from our archives, each one in brand new condition, from some of the great eyewear designers from the past. Today I am showing the Jean-Paul Gaultier 56-6103 sunglass. The Gaultier collection was famous for its’ innovative hinges and remarkable craftsmanship.
I had the great fortune to see Verdi’s great masterpiece “Don Carlos” at Houston Grand Opera last night. I don’t know that I have ever seen a better piece of theatre in my life! (That’s saying a lot. I have a graduate degree in theatre, so I’ve seen many great shows). But this is not an opera review.My opera seats aren’t expensive—they’re in the balcony, high above the action, about 40 yards away. As I was watching the action on stage, I realized how well my digitally surfaced lenses allow me to SEE. Now, I don’t have much of a distance correction—less than 1.00 diopter total power. This is the type of prescription that may make a doctor say “You have a slight prescription, but you don’t really need glasses.” Technically my vision is “20/20”. That means that I can read all of the letters on that line, albeit with difficulty. With my correction, I can see all of the 20/15 line!As an experiment, I tried watching for a while without my glasses. Although I have “20/20” vision, I completely lost the ability to discern facial expressions. Details in costumes and set pieces became fuzzy. The projected super-titles definitely became more difficult to read. When I replaced my glasses I realized how important they were to my overall enjoyment of the show. It was honestly like the difference between an old analog tube TV and a modern high-definition flat screen.This led me to wonder how many people invest hundreds, or thousands, of dollars on technology—tablets with retina displays, large-screen HDTVs, hundreds of dollars a month in high-definition programming—only to lose that resolution because they have been told that they “don’t really need glasses”. As eye care providers, we should really be encouraging our patients to see as well as they can. As consumers, we should be demanding the best vision possible. All of the money spent on electronics (or tickets for concerts, plays, and yes, operas) is wasted if you can’t see them clearly. What is a few hundred dollars for top-quality lenses compared to the cost of our video equipment, especially if those lenses are what allow us to have a truly “high-definition” experience?Today’s digitally surfaced lenses allow us, the eye care provider, to make your prescription as accurately as possible—to within 1/100th of a diopter! Stop in to Eye Elegance and let us show you what you’re missing. And if you get the chance, see “Don Carlos” at HGO. It truly puts the “Grand” in “Grand Opera”!
Inevitably when you assemble a group of opticians, the conversation will turn to the problem of online eyewear sales. Being highly trained optical professionals, we have difficulty understanding why patients would put their visual health at risk in order to save a few dollars. But the internet is certainly here to stay, so researchers at the Pacific College of Optometry recently investigated how well prescription eyewear being sold in the internet complied with optical tolerances (is the prescription correct?) and impact resistance requirements.The researchers ordered a total of 200 pairs of glasses from 10 of the most visited internet vendors. The eyewear consisted of differing lens and frame materials, lens designs and options and refractive conditions so they reflected US distributions.Of the 200 ordered, 154 were received (meaning that 23% were never even delivered!). Of the 154 received, 28.6% had at least one lens that failed the Rx tolerance standard (the prescription was wrong), and in 22.7% at least one lens failed impact testing. Overall 44.8% of spectacles failed at least one parameter of optical or impact testing.The study went on to say that a number of the eyeglasses were completely incorrect. For example, lens options ordered (like photochromic or anti-reflective) were omitted, and a pair ordered as single-vision was received as bifocals. Only one online vendor wanted to verify the prescription before filling it.The researchers concluded that “Nearly half of prescription spectacles delivered directly by online vendors did not meet either the optical requirements of the patient’s visual needs or the physical requirements for the patient’s safety.” This study indicates how difficult is it to get internet eyewear sellers to follow industry standards as many of them are in other countries and not subject to US laws or regulations.The result of improperly made spectacles may be as slight as mild to severe eyestrain, or as severe as the inability to use the glasses because the Rx is incorrect. More importantly, the fact that they fail impact resistance is more severe—a broken lens could potentially result in the complete loss of an eye. For this reason I would NEVER order children’s eyewear on line at a very minimum.Please consider that in addition to being a fashion statement, your glasses are also a medical device. Your optician takes very precise measurements to ensure your visual comfort and the precision of the lenses. Most people would not consider ordering dentures or prosthetic limbs over the internet and trusting that an online order-taker can fit them properly! At Eye Elegance we have the latest in digital optical measuring devices, and we can also professionally fit , adjust and repair your eyeglasses—something NO online vendor can do!Coming up next—the report from our trip to New York for Vision Expo East! We will try to share lots of pictures from the event, and I will update you on trends and new arrivals. Also, our End-of-Season Sale starts this week! Look for updates in the mail, in your inbox, and on our Facebook page!Tim
It’s not just about your phones and TV sets—there is a digital revolution happening in the world of eyeglasses, and it will forever change the way that optical lenses are made. These changes have the possibility of changing the way you see in the same way that smart phones have changed the way we communicate!With traditional lens surfacing methods, the front surface of the lens is a fixed curve, what we call the “base curve” of the lens. The back surface of the lens is then changed mechanically—“ground” with a series of laps and polishing tools to impart the patient’s prescription into the rear surface of the lens. Repeated use of the same tools leads to wear on the laps, and can eventually cause aberrations in the prescription. These subtle imperfections become more noticeable to patients with more complex prescriptions. Other variables such as how far the frame sits from your face, how much the frame is angled toward your face and how much facial wrap the frame has also affect how you see through your glasses. With digital surfacing the surface of the lens is mapped using a computer algorithm to determine the best curve point-by-point and engraving that curve on the lens with a laser. This method virtually eliminates surface imperfections and prevents problems due to worn tools. Digital measuring instruments, like the Visioffice that we have at Eye Elegance, allow us to take measurements to 1/10th of a millimeter. It also measures the frame fit, pantoscopic and wrap angles, allowing the program to create a lens that is customized to the patient in a way that has never been possible before. These improvements may allow some wearers to see 20/15 or better!Digital designs are available in both single vision and progressive lenses. Progressive wearers will experience lenses that have significantly larger intermediate and near zones, nearly 180 degrees of clear distance vision and far less “swim” effect in the periphery of the lens. They are also made with a customized corridor length (the length between the distance and near zones), so frame size will be less of a concern for progressive wearers. Patients with high (+ or – 3.00 or greater) distance prescriptions or high amounts of astigmatism (1.50 diopters or more of cylinder) correction will see the most benefit from single vision digital designs.If you appreciate how much clearer HDTV technology has made your entertainment, and if you like the advances that smart phones give you over older cell phones, you will love the improved clarity of digitally surfaced lenses for your eyeglasses. Stop in at Eye Elegance soon--we would love to share this technology with you!Tim
Many of you know me primarily as a frame expert, but in my heart I am also a Lens Technology geek as well, and the recent announcement of Transitions Optical’s Vantage lens is a huge accomplishment in the world of photochromic (color-changing) lenses. The Transitions Vantage lenses present a new, unique proposition—offering both variable tint and variable polarization! With variable polarization the lenses not only adapt to changing light by darkening, but also by increasing in polarization. This means that the lenses will have a variable level of polarization efficiency depending on the amount of UV exposure—the darker the lens, the more polarization efficiency there is!The ability to have a clear lens indoors that changes to a polarized sunglass outdoors is game-changing. Up until now polarization has always been accomplished using a colored film sandwiched between two clear lenses. There were options for darker or lighter variations on this lens, but the lens was always a constant color, with darker lenses offering more glare reduction.This new development will mean that the molecules not only change color, but self-align to eliminate more blinding glare the darker they get. Lenses that both darken AND polarize upon UV exposure will deliver noticeably crisper, sharper vision, even in the brightest outdoor glare.Transitions Optical has planned a major announcement about the release of this lens on March 1—click http://www.transitionsvantage.com/ for a link to the announcement, and a video describing this exciting new lens.We at Eye Elegance think that this is a lens that EVERYONE will want to have—we are certainly looking forward to trying it ourselves. As soon as it is available to order, I will let all of you know.Tim
Here at Eye Elegance, we are busy preparing for Vision Expo West, one of the biggest eyewear and optical shows in the United States! Held at the Sands Expo Convention Center in association with the Venetian Hotel, Expo West has over 450 exhibitors and over 13,000 attendees! We experience a whirlwind of meetings with our vendors (15 vendors in 16 hours over the course of two days!) to see all of the new frame offerings for the Spring/Summer 2012 season.
Having one pair of eyeglasses to solve all of our visual needs would be great, but depending on your specific needs, you may find that having a second (or third!) pair solves all of your visual needs better. This is especially true when we are over 40, and presbyopia, the inability to focus up close, begins. A pair of glasses with progressive lenses may be great for most day-to-day activities, but people who do a lot of work at intermediate distances, like musicians or people who work on a computer all day may benefit from an occupational lens that is specially designed for work at those distances (usually 24-36 inches).At Eye Elegance we offer the Essilor Computer lens just for those people. Whereas a typical progressive puts emphasis on large areas for distance and near correction, the Essilor Computer lens puts the concentration on the Intermediate correction zone. This lens offers a large, wide intermediate area for clear vision at the computer, a wide near zone at the bottom of the lens for close-up work, and a very small area at the top of the lens for distance viewing when you need it. You actually tip your head down to access the distance portion of the lens. These glasses are meant to be worn at your workspace, but not for driving or any other use when you primarily want distance vision.In addition to computer glasses, someone who does a lot of reading may find that although a progressive lens is best most of the time, they appreciate having a reading-only pair of glasses made in their prescription, also. At Eye Elegance, we are happy to explain the benefits of all of these lens options to help you make the best decision for your specific needs. Tim
I am often asked “why is this plastic frame more expensive than frames for other companies?” The answer lies in the type of plastic used by high-end spectacle manufacturers, and how those companies use that material.The type of plastic used in better-quality frames is called zylonite (zyl), which is also known as Cellulose Acetate. The best quality zyl available comes from the Italian company Mazzuchelli. Mazzuchelli zyl has been in the plastic industry since 1849. Their zyl originates from cotton fibers or flakes and wood flakes. The best materials begin with 100% cotton. Cellulose Acetates are tough with a deep gloss and high transparency. They possess a “feel” which is different from other plastics which is often described as more “natural”. Cellulose Acetate is combined with plasticizers to create a material which can be heat softened, molded and easily adjusted without cracking or becoming brittle. Larger manufacturers often use these qualities to injection-mold their frames. Smaller, exclusive companies such as Face a Face and Lafont work with Mazzuchelli to create exclusive colorations and pattern combinations. Once those colors are created, only the company which designed them will be able to use them. They then use a more traditional method to create each frame by hand. The frames are then polished in tumblers for up to two weeks. Creating each frame one-at-a-time by hand using materials unique to the individual manufacturer gives an end product which is much more exclusive, beautiful, and therefore more expensive!Few plastics have such a ling pedigree as Cellulose Acetate, and being made entirely from renewable resources it certainly has a long way to run. You can see a video of Mazzuchelli Zyl being produced here.Until next time!Tim
Eye Elegance is proud to introduce an exclusive collection from Oliver Peoples, the Oliver Peoples Vintage collection. Larry Leight, the founder and chief designer for Oliver Peoples was inspired to explore his personal archive of original Oliver Peoples designs after being encouraged by numerous requests from friends, family and loyal customers. During this exploration, he rediscovered several iconic, brand-defining styles. Among these treasures were some of his favorites, including the first style introduced in the Oliver Peoples 1987 debut collection, the OP-505. The 505 featured filigreed antique metal temple and bridge detailing. Others were the OP-1955, a unique style recognized for its contrasting frame front and temple colors, and the O’Malley, inspired by former LA Dodgers president Peter O’Malley, which is one of the most recognizable frames in Oliver Peoples history.Convinced that interest in these classic styles is just as strong today as it was over twenty years ago, he wanted to make some available to select customers. Since very few of the original pieces exist, and because it is essential that the same attention to detail, craftsmanship and the integrity of the original styles be retained, he reached out to the same Japanese factory to reproduce a limited quantity.We at Eye Elegance are proud to be one of the select few boutiques to offer this limited edition collection of twelve distinct pieces. Call or stop in today to see them! They are a must-have for the connoisseurs who have endlessly supported Oliver Peoples, and who continue to inspire them!
Tomorrow, April 30, 2011 we will be hosting a trunk show from Etnia Barcelona. If you are a fan of beautiful eyeglass frames with outstanding color and pattern choices, don’t miss this show! We will have food and wine, and the representative from Etnia Barcelona will be here with every frame in the current collection, in every color! Need sunglasses? Etnia has classic sun shapes in the vivid colors they are known for. We will be offering special pricing for in-stock AND SPECIAL ORDERS for one day only! We would love to see you there. Don’t forget, our End-of-Season sale is still happening, too. There are great values still to be had from many of our frame lines, so come in soon.‘til next week,Tim
Spring is not Christmas nor is it typically a gift giving season, but it is going to be a good time for six Hondurans. Eye Elegance, working with members of the Honduran Kids Foundation and I Care International, is providing new prescription eyewear; frames, lenses and cases, for six very disadvantaged individuals ranging in age from 11 to 62. Their visual needs were great and Eye Elegance used the best lenses available to maximize vision and reduce thickness and weight. This is a continuation of our pledge to help those who really need help. After our promotion in which we asked our clients to turn in their old glasses for a $250.00 credit toward the purchase of a new pair, we were able to send 176 pairs of glasses to Lyons Club of Honduras. That was a program which helped a large number of people in a general way, but this time we were able to address the very specific needs of just a few. We will continue to do what we can as we break down the logistics of dealing with a foreign land and create a larger contact base.Daniel Protz,Eye Elegance, Inc.
Happy New Year from Eye Elegance! We have completed the remodel of our interior and, as I promised in December, I am proud to announce the arrival of a new frame line, the Robert Marc Collection.Robert Marc is recognized as a visionary in the world of eyewear. After designing and consulting on many of the world’s most successful premier eyewear collections, Robert launched his own collection of luxury eyewear in 1999—for which Vogue magazine announced “Robert makes his Marc.”By combining classic and modern elements, he creates timeless eyewear designs. He has revived the art of the handcrafted frame and subtly brands his eyewear with the trademarked Robert Marc hinge that is inspired by historical design and construction. This signature hinge adds distinction and luxury to each frame and unifies the collection. Fans of Robert Marc’s designs include celebrities such as Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Julianne Moore, Uma Thurman and Matt Damon. Recently, Robert’s designs have shown up in films such as Salt (Angelina Jolie), Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps (Shia LaBeouf, Michael Douglas) and When In Rome (Kristen Bell, Anjelica Huston) as well as TV’s Entourage, Grey’s Anatomy, How I Met Your Mother and CSI.***Save the Date***To celebrate the arrival of the Robert Marc Collection, and to give everyone a look at our new interior, we are having a ROBERT MARC TRUNK SHOW on Saturday, February 5, 2011! Please join us from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to view the entire collection, and have some food and drink to celebrate the New Year. We believe that 2011 is going to be a great year! We hope to see you soon!Tim
Wouldn’t it be nice, if every time you go shopping the salesperson knew everything you liked and every unique thing about you? This would make your shopping experience delightful and everything you purchased a perfect fit.In our dispensary we get to know our patients and their particular needs, but every once in a while we help someone we do not know. Your time is valuable, and we certainly want to get things right the first time around! You shouldn’t have to return saying you have to dip your head to see at distance, or tilt your head to go up stairs. Sharing information is the most important thing you can do. It is our job to try and get useful information before we measure, fit or adjust your eyewear. However, here are a few things that help us make your glasses work best for you:Maintain a natural posture while we take measurements. Hold your head naturally—this is especially important if you are very tall, or very small.Let us know what your primary visual needs are. A long-haul truck driver may primarily use his distance vision, while a jeweler may spend most of her time doing extremely close work. If you work on a computer 8 hours a day, you may benefit from an occupational lens that works best for intermediate distances (24-48 inches).Some occupations, for example pilots, plumbers and musicians, may benefit from special lens designs. Athletes, construction personnel and craftsmen may benefit from lens materials that are more impact-resistant. Let us know how your lifestyle may affect our lens choice.Please, let us know if you have had any prior negative experiences with your eyewear, such as:Lenses which are thicker than you would like.Lenses which cracked.Frames which were too heavy or otherwise uncomfortable.Frames which irritated your nose or ears.Frames which broke to easily.If a progressive or multifocal, how was your experience? Did you have sufficient distant, intermediate and near vision?Did you feel as though your eyewear caused headaches?Have you ever experienced double vision.Have you felt that your vision was different between several pairs of glasses?Frames which slid down your nose, or didn’t fit properly.Color-changing lenses that didn’t live up to your expectations.It is important that you bring your old eyewear with you, especially if you have experienced any issues so that we can examine them. Some lenses also give us important information. For instance, progressive lenses all come with laser engravings that tell us what brand, design and material your lenses are.We want to make your eyewear purchase experience a good one. We really want your next visit to be for your next pair, or to drop in to say hello! Having all the information that we can makes this process much easier, so do yourself a favor and help us help you. Thanks and Merry Christmas!Daniel Protz
Buyer’s Blog - New Tom Davie..
One of the things we love about the Tom Davies collection is that it is always changing! Every couple of months he releases a new group of limited edition frames, each made in very small quantit Read More