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.




Friday, May 23

Sunglass Season Has Arrived & Spectacle Has You Covered With This Season's Hottest Trends!

Sunglass season has officially arrived, and Spectacle has the perfect style for whatever you're looking for! Whether it's a bold pattern you're after or a classic model, we have something to suit every look.

Gold & Wood sunglasses are a great choice for natural materials

If you're looking for sunglasses made of unique materials, Gold & Wood is perfect for you.  Their styles are bold but classic, and can be worn by both men and women.  Gold & Wood uses only the best woods, horn, and gold available in all of their designs!

Ray Bans have perfected the mirror trend

Mirror lenses are everywhere this Summer season and Ray Ban does a great job with them!  Ray Bans mirrored lenses come in a wide range of colours and are perfect for the Summer festivals ahead.

Face a Face and Thierry Lasry both have bold patterns this season

Face a Face has really started to create some great, bold, colourful sunglasses just in time for Summer 2014. Thierry Lasry is another designer always known for his use of striking acetates and strong shapes.  If you're looking to be noticed this Summer, you can't go wrong with these two collections!

Oliver Peoples and MOSCOT are known for their classic, laid-back, timeless styles

For those of us with a more laid-back style, both Oliver Peoples and MOSCOT are perfect for you.  Their shapes are easy to wear, and the colour options look great on all skin tones.  Both Oliver Peoples and MOSCOT have been around for decades, so you know you're getting a quality, long lasting pair of shades that you can wear year after year!

Stop by Spectacle soon to pick up your favourite sunglasses for Summer 2014!




Wednesday, May 21

Spectacle's New KUBORAUM Window is Up!


Dreamed in Berlin and handmade in Italy.  Our new KUBORAUM window display is up at the Queen St. West boutique.  KUBORAUM eyewear gets its inspiration from masks that are drawn onto the face of the wearer.


According to the brand, "KUBORAUM are masks that highlight our characteristics and are synonymous with emphasis on protection, intimacy, and shelter... the wearer looks at the world through the two lenses of KUBORAUM masks".




Shots from the KUBORAUM party in NYC for VEE Spectacle attended

KUBORAUM is available now at our Queen St. West boutique, so come in soon to check out the bold sunglasses and optical styles!






Sunday, May 18

Happy Victoria Day!


In celebration of Victoria Day, all Spectacle locations will be closed tomorrow - Monday, May 19th.  Enjoy the long weekend and we'll see you Tuesday!



  

Tuesday, May 13

New, Exclusive Garrett Leight x Waraire Boswell Collaboration Available Now at Spectacle!


Garrett Leight has teamed up with Waraire Boswell to create a unique line of collaboration eyeglasses and shades.  Waraire Boswell is a clothing designer who creates bespoke suits for taller-than-average men and is also the inspiration behind the collaboration!

The collection's 3 styles in both sun and optical

Garrett Leight came up with the idea to produce "larger specs for a grander structure" because of Boswell's suits, and it's all proudly made and designed in the USA.  The exclusive collaboration is currently available at Spectacle's Queen St. West boutique so come by to check it out!





Friday, May 9

Spectacle Showcase at Exclusive Discover Apothic Event!

The event set-up with Cedric Gasaida and others trying on eyewear!

On Wednesday night, Spectacle had the opportunity to showcase some of our best collections at an exclusive event by Apothic Wine - "Discovery Night Out".  The event took place at The Thompson Hotel and we were joined by our Thierry Lasry, Thom Browne, and DITA rep Jason for the evening to promote his collections, as well as La Loop and Spectacle's own Taru & Koli line!

Spectacle's Darren helping out some event attendees

The busy venue!

Thanks to Apothic Wine for the great event and wine throughout the night!




Friday, May 2

Mother's Day is Coming, and La Loops Make the Perfect Gift!


Mother's Day is just around the corner (May 11th!), and this year don't just settle for flowers.  If you want to spoil your mom, La Loop eyewear necklaces make the perfect gift.  The beautiful necklaces are pretty on their own, but also serve a purpose.  The necklaces' hoops are made to hold eyewear so they never fall off and won't be misplaced again!

La Loops either have a loop to hold eyewear, or some models even contain built-in readers (top right)

Select La Loops also come with a gift box!

Spectacle always has a wide variety of La Loops in stock, so come by soon to pick one up.  Your mom is sure to love it!




Wednesday, April 30

Exclusive, Limited Edition Oliver Goldsmith Colourways are Available Now at Spectacle!


Oliver Goldsmith has released some brand new models and colourways for S/S 2014!  The new colours are bright, vibrant, and extremely limited.  with only 20 made worldwide, the colours are exclusive to Spectacle in Toronto and available now!


The Oliver Goldsmith Lancelot


The Oliver Goldsmith Manhattan

The Oliver Goldsmith Matador

Both the Lancelot and Manhattan include the limited colours, known as Rhubarb, Paradise, and Honey, as well as the Matador in colours Tortoise Cream and Checker Board.  Other new Oliver Goldsmith & Claire Goldsmith models and colours are also available now, so come by soon to check them all out!