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Sunday, February 14
Happy family day from our Spectacle family to yours. To celebrate, all of our locations will be closed tomorrow, February 15th, and will re-open the 16th with regular hours. Enjoy the day and long weekend with loved ones, and we'll see you Tuesday!
Posted by Kristina at 14.2.16
Thursday, December 31
Thursday, December 24
Happy Holidays from our Spectacle family to yours! To celebrate, we will be closed tomorrow, December 25th. We will re-open again on December 26th with regular hours.
We hope you and your loved ones have a happy and healthy holiday season, and we'll see you soon!
Posted by Kristina at 24.12.15
Tuesday, November 24
Last night Spectacle's Founder, Jag Dhillon, was invited to attend a special Saks Canada event in partnership with celebrated visual artist Shantell Martin. The entire event, dress code included, was in black and white decor to fit the theme of Shantell's unique work.
|Lissa Monet was the DJ for the evening|
Artist Shantell Martin is originally from Britain, and now both works and resides mainly in New York City. Martin uses her simple trademark - black ink and white surfaces - to transform everything from walls, found objects, ceramics, and luxury goods into a visual narrative. Martin has worked to create her own world that bridges fine art, commercial, and the everyday experience - conversation, objects, and places using her part autobiographical, part dreamlike whimsy styling.
Thanks to Shantell Martin for showcasing her work, as well as Saks Canada for hosting such a great event.
For more on Shantell Martin, or to keep up with her exhibits, check out her Instagram here.
Posted by Kristina at 24.11.15
Thursday, November 5
We are very excited to announce that Spectacle has been named Best Optical Shop in Toronto by NOW Magazine's annual readers' poll! This is the 2nd year in a row we have won this award, and we are very thankful to everyone who took the time to vote for us.
|Check out our feature in the current Best Of Toronto issue of NOW Magazine - available now|
We wouldn't be where we are today without all of your support, so thank you again Toronto for this award. Spectacle loves you!
Posted by Kristina at 5.11.15
Thursday, October 15
|the ic! berlin green collection, made specifically for golf, is just one of the styles to be revealed at our event this weekend|
Posted by Kristina at 15.10.15
Sunday, October 11
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Spectacle. To celebrate, our West Queen West + Yonge St. shops will be closed tomorrow - Monday, October 12th. However, our Distillery District location will remain open for your eyewear needs!
Enjoy the long weekend eating turkey and cheering on the Jays! See you Tuesday.
Posted by Kristina at 11.10.15
Sunday, September 6
Tomorrow, Monday, September 7th, is Labour Day! In celebration, our Queen St. and Yonge St. locations will be closed but don't worry - our Distillery District shop will still be open for all of your eyewear needs.
Have a great long weekend and see you soon!
Have a great long weekend and see you soon!
Posted by Kristina at 6.9.15
Tuesday, September 1
Few brands take the time to detail their intricate designs quite like Anne et Valentin. Marie France, the brand's rep, recently stopped by Spectacle to uncover some of the hidden meaning and symbols behind their collections.
The Bartok model is a round frame, with detailing on the hinge representing a treble clef. This style, from Anne et Valentin's collection centered on mathematical and musical symbols, illustrates how unique eyewear design can be found in unexpected places.
The Pick model's hinge also has a unique inspiration behind it - a vintage paperclip! This style references a vintage clip and creates the illusion of holding the frame together, offering stand-out detailing along the hinge. It is just a subtle touch that makes a big impact on the wearer, and is perfect for lovers of all things vintage.
|The Modern Cat|
The Modern Cat showcases the creativity behind Anne et Valentin once more. The entire temple outlines the planets in our solar system, which are embedded into the frame. The Modern Collection is also inspired by the influential Bauhaus art movement, which is shown in the frame front's tip. Anne et Valentin maintains its creative integrity by utilizing the artistic minds of only 5 artists for each of their designs. Rather than outsourcing, each piece is designed in-house and of course hand made as well. Anne et Valentin is available at each of Spectacle's 3 locations, so check it out and get inspired!
Posted by Kristina at 1.9.15
Wednesday, July 8
Next weekend, over July 11th and 12th, Spectacle will be holding a special Trunk Show featuring Thierry Lasry's sunglass and optical lines at our West Queen West location. This will be the first time the latest styles are shown, and we will be displaying every colour, size, and option of the full upcoming collections. We will also be hosting special lens promotions and serving cocktails and macarons for the event weekend only!
|Some of the new styles that will be available at our Trunk Show|
If you would like to enquire further, please email email@example.com. See you there!
Posted by Kristina at 8.7.15
Tuesday, June 30
Friday, June 12
This Saturday, June 13th, is the annual Village Day festival in the Yonge Lawrence area! Village Day is a celebration of the businesses and people that make Yonge & Lawrence the fantastic neighbourhood it is.
|Village Day offers events and promos for the entire family!|
|Some of the goodies Spectacle is offering this year!|
Join us Saturday at Spectacle for special promotions and giveaways for both kids and adults. See you at Village Day!
Posted by Kristina at 12.6.15
Sunday, May 17
Friday, May 8
Now that sunglass season is (finally) here, it's a perfect time to pick up some new S/S 2015 shades! Spectacle offers a wide variety of colours, shapes, and sizes to suit not only your face type, but your lifestyle. We have recently received the freshest styles from Barton Perreira, Céline, Thierry Lasry, and more. Stop by soon to pick up a new pair to get you ready for the sunny months ahead!
Posted by Kristina at 8.5.15
Friday, April 17
Spectacle is excited to announce our first Trunk Show of 2015 will be featuring both DITA & Thom Browne Eyewear! For two days only, we will house the entire S/S 2015 Collections from each of these world renowned designer brands. Light refreshments will be served as well.
|The DITA Believer & folding Thom Browne are among the models that will be available for orders at the show|
We will also be holding special lens promotions for the event weekend only. Please see store for more details, and we'll see you at the event!
Posted by Kristina at 17.4.15
Thursday, April 2
Tuesday, March 31
World Mastercard Fashion Week may be over, but the hype continues about the latest in Canadian Collections. JAAN CHOXI is a new Toronto-based luxury menswear label designed by Canadian-born Creative Director, Sajan Choksi. The collection launched at WMCFW, and has been getting praise since its reveal show last Friday - including a feature in The Globe & Mail!
|A thank you to Spectacle at the beginning of the show|
Spectacle was approached by Sajan to pull eyewear from our shop for the show, and we were thrilled to work with such a promising up-and-coming Canadian designer. His pieces are classic, and eyewear which styled the models fitted perfectly with his themes. DITA, CAZAL, Barton Perreira, and Thom Browne Eyewear complemented the male models and added an edge to Sajan's stylish, classic pieces.
|Our exclusive CAZAL collaboration, the CAZAL 627 in black|
|The DITA Talon|
|The Thom Browne limited edition TB-015|
You can view the entire show below. The Fall / Winter JAAN CHOXI collection will be available online this Summer, and all eyewear shown is currently available at Spectacle.
Posted by Kristina at 31.3.15
Thursday, March 19
Spectacle is very excited to announce a collaboration with New York City based brand, MOSCOT. Spectacle and MOSCOT have teamed up to create a custom LEMTOSH in Classic Havana. The LEMTOSH is a MOSCOT Original and one of Spectacle's most popular models.
|The collaboration model comes in both a sunglass as well as eyeglass|
|Both logos are imprinted on the inside temple|
MOSCOT is also celebrating their 100th Anniversary this year, and so have released a new collection consisting of twists on some of their classic models. New features include wooden detailing, as well as folding styles which are also available at all Spectacle shops.
|Wooden detailing on the MOSCOT LEMTOSH|
|The folding LEMTOSH as part of the MOSCOT 100 Year Anniversary collection|
The MOSCOT x Spectacle collaboration LEMTOSH is available in both an eyeglass and sunglass style. The pieces are very limited, so please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your pair, or come by any of our three locations soon to check them out!
Posted by Kristina at 19.3.15
Thursday, March 5
Spectacle is excited to announce a brand new collaboration with CAZAL on two sunglass models. We have partnered with the hip-hop influenced brand to re-create the classic 607 & 627 models with unique colourways for an exclusive, fresh take.
|The 627 features leather detailing and a more aviator-style appearance, while the 607 also showcases leather as well as a more squared shape. Both styles come with both dark and gold mirrored lens combinations.|
The collaboration is an exclusive, limited run with only 10 of each styles being made. The shades are each numbered on the inside plaque out of 10 so you know you're getting an official, traceable collaboration piece.
|Detailing of the logos as well as the plaques numbered out of 10.|
These CAZAL x Spectacle collaboration styles are sure to go fast, so come by soon or email us at email@example.com to reserve your pair!
Posted by Kristina at 5.3.15
Sunday, February 15
Friday, January 30
With Super Bowl XLIX just around the corner, Spectacle is here to get you styled for your parties with inspiration from some of the NFL's top stars! Both the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks have players with great eyewear style that you can use - no matter which team you're rooting for.
|Players from both teams, including the Quarterbacks Russel Wilson & Tom Brady, have strong specs games|
Whether you're looking for a serious pair of shades like Wilson & Marshawn Lynch, or a pair of eyeglasses like Brady, or even something more out there like Rob Gronkowski's style, Spectacle has something for you!
|Barton Perreira makes classic aviator models, while DITA creates some unique acetate & titanium eyeglasses, as well as their classic Grandmaster - a bold sunglass|
No matter what you wear Sunday, have fun and enjoy the game!
Posted by Kristina at 30.1.15
Thursday, January 15
|Canada Goose jacket with CAZAL shades|
|DITA sunglasses & Nobis jacket|
|More DITA shades with a classic Nobis coat|
A special thanks to stylist Sharad Mohan & photographer Ishmil Waterman. All of the looks featured are available at our Distillery District shop as well as Gotstyle's Distillery boutique. If you are interested in any of the sunglasses featured, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Stay warm out there!
Posted by Kristina at 15.1.15
Wednesday, December 31
Happy New Year from all of us at Spectacle! To celebrate, we will be closed tomorrow - January 1st. We will re-open on January 2nd with regular business hours. We hope you had an amazing 2014 and your 2015 is even better!
See you in the new year!
Posted by Kristina at 31.12.14