Thursday, September 11

TBT: Stylist Pull with NOW Magazine at Spectacle!

For this Throwback Thursday, we wanted to share a video from a stylist pull we did with NOW Magazine in 2013 for their Spring Fashion Issue!

If you are interested in pulling eyewear from Spectacle for anything from a photoshoot to a fashion show or music video, please email for all of the details!  We would love to work with you on styling any upcoming projects or features.

Thursday, September 4

Limited Edition, Exclusive, Barton Perreira x Spectacle Collaboration Launch!

Spectacle is very excited to announce a brand new collaboration with designer Barton Perreira!  For the collaboration piece, we chose the Cassady - a model which compliments many face shapes - in the colour Midnight, which is a mixture of blue tones.

The exclusive collaboration piece from Spectacle x Barton Perreira

This collaboration is the first between Spectacle and Barton Perreira - a brand with which Spectacle shares similar design and fashion values.  According to Barton Perreira, their brand perspective focuses on a "dedication to pure luxury" with their "approach to fashion redefining style and elegance".  Barton Perreira has always been a client favourite and has become a staple collection at Spectacle.

Spectacle's name and logo imprinted into the frame's temple

Join us this weekend for our advance preview of the entire Fall/Winter 2014 collection, where you can also pick up your very own Spectacle x Barton Perreira collaboration piece!

Sunday, August 31

Happy Labour Day!

Tomorrow, Monday, September 1st, is Labour Day!  To celebrate, all Spectacle locations will be closed for the holiday.  Enjoy the long weekend and we'll see you Tuesday!

Friday, August 29

Join Us for a Barton Perreira Trunk Show & EXCLUSIVE Preview of the Fall/Winter 2014 Collection | September 6th and 7th Only!

For one weekend only - on Saturday, September 6th and Sunday, September 7th - Spectacle is holding a trunk show with Barton Perreira and an exclusive preview of their Fall/Winter 2014 collection.

The Shirelle from the Spring/Summer 2014 Collection

The Cagney optical model also from their current Spring/Summer Collection

Be the first to view the latest styles and colourways from the line whose list of clients includes Brad Pitt, Rachel Zoe, Ryan Gosling, and more.

A Barton Perreira representative will also be on-site to offer personalized advice and styling tips.  Don't miss out on this exclusive opportunity only at Spectacle's Queen St. boutique!

Thursday, August 21

New Thierry Lasry Sunglasses Available Now + An Interview With The Designer Himself

New Thierry Lasry colours have arrived at Spectacle this week!  If you have ever wondered what the inspiration behind the line is, we have all the answers for you from our exclusive interview with the man himself: Thierry Lasry.

Who is your eyewear icon?
I don't like the concept of having an icon.  I prefer a muse.  At least that way you can have a different one each season!  My muse would usually be a girl whose beauty or personality fascinates me in a certain way, like Blake Lively a few seasons ago or Adele Exarchopoulos now.

Which celebrity would you like to see in your eyewear?
I would spontaneously say Beyonce as she is the last major celebrity who hasn't been spotted wearing TL so far... Considering we already have Madonna, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, and Miley Cyrus - but I'm sure it's just a question of time...

The Thierry Lasry x Spectacle Lively sunglass - available now & named after Blake Lively

How do you select your frames (material, colour tones, shapes...)
Each season reflects my vision at that particular time of my personal definition of aestheticism, so there are no pre-defined rules.  Whatever inspires me at that particular moment is what I use.

What are five keywords to emotionally describe your eyewear?
I would focus more on the women who wear Thierry Lasry sunglasses: sexy, elegant, and eventually bitchy.

What trends do you forsee for this coming season?
Sorry but that's not the kind of thing I would share in advance... I would rather keep surprising you this coming season and the next, and the next...

Brand new colourways in your favourite Thierry Lasry models are available now at our Queen St. West & Distillery District boutiques!

New Colours in the CHROMATY, which is EXCLUSIVE to Spectacle this Summer, the PAINTY, and the SLUTTY, made popular worldwide by Miley Cyrus herself!

Friday, August 15

Fresh Shipment of Colourful SUPER Flat Top Sunglasses Available Now!

Spectacle has received a colourful shipment of the stylish Flat Tops from RETROSUPERFUTURE.  The popular model has been spotted on celebrities anywhere from David Beckham to Kid Cudi and Rihanna.  SUPER is known for their collaboration pieces as well as bold styles and colourful frame inside patterns.

SUPER sunglasses are currently available at our Queen St. West and Distillery District boutiques, so come by this weekend to check them out!

Friday, August 8

Living in Luxury: New Leisure Society is Available Now at Spectacle

Spectacle's Queen St. boutique recently received a shipment of brand new Leisure Society models and colourways.

Leisure Society Southport & Du Cap

Leisure Society is defined by lifelong beliefs rather than a strict brand strategy.  The line is an extension of what designer Shane Baum believes life should be about: spending time with family, friends, and enjoying the intimate moments of absolute leisure.

Leisure Society Adriana sunglasses & Moresby optical models

Leisure Society eyewear is crafted of only the world's finest, most luxurious materials including titanium, 12-24k white and yellow gold plating, diamonds, and buffalo horn.  Stop by Spectacle soon to view these unique styles from Leisure Society's timeless collection.

Thursday, July 31

Brand New Saint Laurent Sunglasses Have Arrived at Spectacle - Perfect for a Summer to Fall Transition!

Saint Laurent sunglasses are the perfect mix of style, function, and high-fashion.  The models are colourful and large without being overpowering, and on trend with mirrored lenses and minimal detailing on the temples and frame fronts.

The SL 28 is a clear frame with silver, mirrored lenses

The SL 35 comes in both a black and colourful style

If you're into subtle detailing, the SL 32 is a beautiful oversized model with metallic accents along the brow

SL 24 is another oversized style that suits most face shapes

If you're looking for stylish sunglasses for the switch from Summer to Fall, Saint Laurent may be the perfect pair for you!  The collection is housed at our Queen St. West boutique so come by this weekend the check them all out.

Wednesday, July 23

SUPER x Andy Warhol Self-Portraits Collection Available Now Exclusively at Spectacle

SUPER x Andy Warhol sunglasses with branded microfiber cloth bag

RETROSUPERFUTURE and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts have partnered up on a collaboration of four sunglasses honouring Andy Warhol.  The images printed onto the insides of each model are taken from the artist's Photobooth Self-Portrait series, while the metallic grey acetate on the frame's outside is a nod to old silver gelatin prints used in film photography.

Andy Warhol signature stamped into the temple

Sunglass front in metallic grey

Andy Warhol self-portraits on the eyewear case

The limited edition Andy Warhol collection is super exclusive and only available in Canada at Spectacle!  If you admire Andy Warhol as much as we do, these may be the perfect shades for you. The limited styles are available now at our Queen St. West boutique.

Friday, July 18

Vinylize Eyewear is Available Now at Spectacle!

Vinylize eyewear is now available at Spectacle!  All handmade in Hungary, Vinylize is made using real records and each model is unique in design and pattern.  The concept of Vinylize arose when the founders decided to make eyewear out of recycled materials, and thought using old records would produce interesting styles.

Vinyl cutout

The Corbus

The Ella

The music theme runs through all aspects of the branding including the case - which is designed to mimic a record as well.  The grooves from the old records can still be felt on the frames and are an integral part of the design.  Each of the models are bold and come in a range of shapes.

The Gil

The Mili

The project of Vinylize reminds us to recycle, reuse, and conserve.  The collection is available now at our Queen St. West boutique, so be sure to check it out soon!

Wednesday, July 9

Thierry Lasry x Spectacle Eyewear Collaboration Launch at Spectacle's Distillery District Boutique

Thierry Lasry the French eyewear designer caused a scene at Spectacle in the Distillery District on Thursday June 26th from 7pm - 9:30pm

Thierry Lasry was born to an optician father and mother who was a clothing designer; he was destined for eyewear designer greatness.  His brand was launched in 2006, under the design concept, "futuristic vintage." Loyal fans of his collection include Blake Lively, Madonna, Rihanna, and Miley Cyrus - just to name a few.

Spectacle in the Distillery District is one of three locations in Toronto.  Thierry was in the shop for one night only to celebrate his line of eyewear.

The man himself - Thierry Lasry

Hors d'oeuvres at the Thierry Lasry x Spectacle Event

Macarons for the event were provided by Nadege

Thierry was in town to launch a new eyeglass and sunglass model with Spectacle - his first collaboration in Canada.  The models chosen were the Thierry Lasry Lively sunglass & Harry Lary's Primary optical model.

Thierry Lasry x Spectacle Lively

Harry Lary's x Spectacle Primary

The eyewear styles are both made from vintage deadstock acetate and are exclusive to Spectacle.  The pieces are a limited run so each model is rare and unique.

Eyewear, champagne, and macarons

The collaboration styles are each available now at Spectacle!  The exclusive event is also going to be featured on eTalk tonight, Wednesday July 9th, at 7pm.

Thursday, July 3

Bacardi Festival Libre Taking Place This Weekend in the Distillery District!

For one weekend only, The Distillery District is hosting Bacardi Festival Libre - turning the historic area into a licensed patio with Cuban music, food, cigars, and more!  The Festival is free to enter and there will be various stations set up throughout the Distillery where you can have rum beverages and purchase gifts and other items from the market booths.

A map of the Festival area

Musical guests will  include Starving Yet Full, who are playing Friday night and recently played at Toronto's World Pride with Sydney Blu!

The Festival is happening rain or shine, so stop by this weekend and check out the music, art, cuisine, and dancing taking place Friday through Sunday!  Spectacle will be open as well so come by while you're in the area. More information on the schedule and overall event can be found here.  Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, July 1

Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day from everyone at Spectacle!  To celebrate, all of our locations will be closed today, July 1st. Enjoy the holiday and see you tomorrow!

Saturday, June 14

Spectacle's Annual SUMMER SALE Kicks Off This Weekend!

Spectacle's Summer Sale is starting this weekend on Saturday, June 14th!  Come by any of our three locations for deals on both sunglasses and eyeglasses with discounts of up to 50% off!

See you soon!

Wednesday, June 4

Brand New 3D Printed ic! berlin Shades with Frozen Lens Technology are Available Now EXCLUSIVELY at Spectacle!

ic! berlin has recently released a collection of three plotic! sunglasses with exclusive new frozen mirrored lenses: frozen green, frozen gold, and frozen blue.  ic! berlin is the first manufacturer to launch the lenses, and they are available exclusively at Spectacle!

Two of the three new models with our customized temple engraving

The frames themselves are also 3D printed - a new technology to ic! berlin.  "We've mastered steel, we've mastered acetate, now the next frontier - ic! berlin presents plotic! - 3D eyewear by Selective Laser Sintering". Plotic! is extremely light, strong, flexible, and, because there is no material waste from the manufacturing process, very environmentally friendly!  Unlike competition 3D printed eyewear, plotic! is a thermoplastic print so can be fitted and adjusted just like traditional shell frames. 

A close-up of the lenses show their frozen, foggy appearance

The target demographic of the eyewear is a tech-savvy, luxury, first-generation adopter.  Stop by Spectacle to check out this new unique, exclusive eyewear technology from ic! berlin soon!

Friday, May 30

MEC BikeFest is Tomorrow & Spectacle Will Be There!

Mountain Equipment Co-op is holding its annual BikeFest tomorrow in Trinity Bellwoods Park, and Spectacle is returning again this year with a booth!  We have partnered with sport eyewear brand Rudy Project and will be in the park all day showcasing their amazing products.  

There will be displays, giveaways, raffles, and more as well as bike demonstrations from 11am-5pm.  It's going to be perfect weather for a ride in the park, so stop by our booth if you're in the area!

Wednesday, May 28

Brand New & Exclusive Phillip Lim Sunglasses Available Now!

Spectacle has just received a new shipment of Phillip Lim sunglasses!  The line is exclusive to Spectacle and will be housed at our Queen St. West boutique.

Phillip Lim creates eyewear that is stylish and bold as well as more classic models and shapes.  His mirrored lenses are meant to "conjure vision of fading dusk in a baked desert", which he uses in model numbers 17 & 18 (above).

Other styles by Lim include models with bright, pretty acetates as well as round shapes with colourful lenses. Model numbers 7 & 11 show Lim's diversity in his design process.  Phillip Lim's goal is to "provide beautiful, everyday classics accented with a sense of madness" which comes through in his eyewear!  Stop by Spectacle soon to view the collection.