Wednesday, February 29

Last Stop Before the Tour

Long time friends of Spectacle, Azari & III stopped by this week to stock up on sunwear before they kick-off their tour in Australia Saturday.

Dinamo Azari in the Mosley Tribes Lyndell.

Alexander III in the Kero by Barton Perreira.

Fritz in the Giaguaro by Super.

For the folks "down under," here's a sample of what's coming your way...


Safe trip gents, watch out for the crocs & Fritz try not to lose those Giaguaros!


Tuesday, February 28

Happy Birthday Frank Gehry

Happy birthday to a Canadian icon and one of our favourite architects, Frank Gehry.

His buildings, including his private residence, have become tourist attractions. His works are cited as being among the most important works of contemporary architecture in the 2010 World Architecture Survey, which led Vanity Fair to label him as "the most important architect of our age".

Here's a small sample of Frank Gehry's work.

Once again, Happy Birthday Frank...Spectacle loves ya!

Monday, February 27

Oscars, Celebrities & Dictators...Oh My!

The stars were out in full style of course for the 84th Academy Awards last night and along with flowing gowns, champagne and sharp tuxedos we picked a few of our fav stars rockin their specs on the red carpet.

The Artist star and her beau director,
Bérénice Bejo and Michel Hazanavicius.

Gary Oldman

Legacy Collection by Claire Goldsmith, The Healy.
The Watson in Burnt Orange.

In Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Gary Oldman shows of the styles made popular by UK design houses like Claire Goldsmith with colours like English Summer and the Watson in Burnt Orange.

Nick Nolte

Oliver Peoples Basel in Black with Polarized lenses. 

The classic retro styles similar to the Oliver Peoples Basel were a common site as the sun went down outside the Kodak Theater.

Zachary Quinto

"General Aladeen" aka Sacha Baron Cohen.
 If there's a style that caught your eye on the red carpet then stop by let us help you bring out your inner celebrity. With three locations to serve you, It's what we do!

Thursday, February 23

Spectacle Giveaway to our Facebook Friends

Here's your chance to win one of two Spectacle prize packs.

We've outfitted the popular Mosley Tribes Snowbeach sunglass with our own custom-tinted lenses and threw in a Mosley Tribes beach towel and Spectacle gift card.

 All you have to do is log into Facebook and "Like" our page. That's it! The winners will be selected in May (just in time for summer) from our list of fans/friends on FB.

Wednesday, February 22

Paradise Island: An Exclusive Photoshoot By Jennifer Toole for Complex Mag

Gotta love our girl Jennifer Toole for supplying us with pics from her recent photo-shoot for Complex Mag.

Shot at Atlantis in the Bahamas with model Kali'i Dixon and some of our own sunglasses, including the Linda Farrow Luxe 63 & Tom Ford's a tough life Jennifer, keep up the good work!

All of the sunglasses from the shoot are available at Spectacle because we love you!

Tuesday, February 21

Usher in Theo Oak

Who do we have here looking very cool with theo by Tim Van Steenbergen's model OAK? Usher in da house!

Usher is seen wearing the black finish Oak; above is the same piece in but in blue. Sure to be a modern classic!

Monday, February 20

Spending the Day With Family & Friends ...

Spectacle locations will be closed on Monday February 20th for a well deserved day-off and to celebrate Family Day with our friends & loved ones.

Whether you're spending time at home or out for a drive in dads convertible, we wish everyone a relaxing & enjoyable Family Day...see you on Tuesday!

Saturday, February 18

New Arrivals From Garrett Leight!

Garrett Leight California Optical has become a new fav for those seeking a truly sophisticated vintage look.  Garrett Leight, as the son of Oliver People's Founder Larry Leight continues to roll out styles in unique patterns that look and feel straight out of another century.

The Hampton in colour 212

The Harding is available as both a clear Rx and Sun version.

The Harding in Honey Brown Tortoise with Green Tint.

Many of the handmade acetate frames are characterized by thin, delicate lines, some featuring matte finishes. The thin eye rims and temples lend an air of refinement to models like the Hampton pictured above.

Tanja has her Masters in pulling-them-off-ology.

New additions to Spectacle's collection include the Superba sunglass and a polarized tinted variant of the Kinney Rx frame, exquisitly modelled for you by our own Stylist, Tanja.

The brand new Superba in brown Polarized Lenses.
Rock them in matte black as well!

Also in stock, look for Garrett Leight's lovely cat-eye, the Lucille Sunglass with gradiant tints.

The Lucille in Honey Brown Tortoise.

And classic black, of course!

All these and more are now in stock at Spectacle's Queen Street West Boutique, waiting to join your eyewear family this weekend.  Pop in this Saturday and Sunday (we'll be closed for Family Day but back on Tuesday!)

Friday, February 17

Solange Knowles in Oliver Goldsmith Hex

Beyonce's little sister, Solange is on the current cover of Rollercoaster magazine.
The model, DJ & singer can be seen wearing the Hex sunglass, by none other than Oliver Goldsmith.

You can read the full interview in Rollacoaster, out during next week’s London Fashion Week.

Monday, February 13

Happy Birthday Henry Rollins

Happy Birthday to one of our favourite rockers, poet, political activist, singer-songwriter, spoken word artist, comedian, publisher, actor, and radio DJ.

A quick snippet from the CBC's Strombo show featuring Henry on his last tour through Toronto.

Wednesday, February 8

It's The Kid Famous live from Spectacle for Pizza Pizza TV!

Our boy Famous stopped by with Pizza Pizza TV's Real Sammy T to shoot an episode of That's Awesome! Check out the segment below featuring The Kid Famous video for Typical Girl:

The boys were done up in fine Spectacle fashion, modeling a couple sunnies by Oliver Peoples.

The Kid Famous flashin us the J Gold sunglasses in the Red Garnet colour, while Real Sammy T pulls of the Daddy B in one of it's newest colours, Matte Shadow Grey.

The J Gold in Red Garnet.

The Daddy B in Matte Shadow Grey.

A peek behind the scenes of episode 13 of That's Awesome! now playing on PPTV in Pizza Pizza restaurants across the province.

Thanks for stopping by guys and letting Spectacle give you a little extra style, just what we do best because Spectacle Loves You!

And for more on Spectacle's collaborations with The Kid Famous, check out the video for This Chick is Crazy.

Tuesday, February 7

Newly Released Cazal's are Here!

Gwen Stefani in the all-new 905 by Cazal.

Cazal, the German eyewear company behind some of most iconic faces in pop culture of the last twenty years has just released some new models including the 905 and the 616 and Spectacle on Queen West has got 'em, naturally!

The 905 in Gold with Green Gradient Lenses.

The 905 with White highlights on Gold.

Also available in Black and Gold.

Spectacle is also excited to have the Cazal 616 in both clear prescription and sunglass tints.  Those with a keen eye may recall this distinct frame was the signature look of Spike Lee's Mars Blackmon character from the early 90's Nike ads with Michael Jordan.

The 616 as made famous by Spike Lee.

Mars Blackmon: "Is it the Shoe's Michael??"

The 616 Sunglass variant in tortoiseshell.

The classic black 616 with Gradient Grey Lenses.

These new models along with some original vintage pieces and the current Cazal collection are in stock at our Queen Street West Boutique.  Take a peek here at some of the other styles from one of the most sought after brands in the world! 

Spectacle is your hookup if, like the Cazal Boys, you're lookin to be 'Snatchin' Cazals!

Monday, February 6

Cee Lo Green Rocking the Super Bowl & The Voice

Nobody can upstage Cee Lo Green, and who better to keep Super Bowl XLVI classy...

Rockin' his signature Ultra Goliath II sunnies, livin' large is what it's all about. 

Catch Cee Lo on his latest gig, laying down the law on The Voice, because somebody's gotta coach those kids how it's done!

Wednesday, February 1

Face a Face's Pascal Jaulent, Designer of the Month!

Our lovely display of offerings currently at Spectacle on Yonge Street.

A spectacle favorite for many seasons, Parisian eyewear line Face a Face has built their reputation on stunning colours and vibrant shapes.  February is a big month for the fellow behind many of these designs as Eyestylist, the Fine Eyewear Design Review has selected Face a Face designer, Pascal Jaulent as their influential designer of the month!

Pascal in his Face a Face, PRINT 3.

In his interview, Pascal explains some of the design ideals behind the handmade line:

The basic principle of Face à Face has always been architecture, and now we also combine fashion with shapes and colours – it is very artful. When designing frames, it is important to pay attention to design, but also fashion trends. Frames are a personal object or accessory that has to be connected to fashion trends.

The Ebony 1 in colours 494, 598, and 794 just arrived at Queen Street today!

There are many more collections now than a few years ago. Frames are a personal expression, and the attention that people are paying to frames is a growing, positive trend. I want customers to say ‘this is beautiful, and my eyes smile’. I like to make people look beautiful in their glasses.

With some of the most distinct, handmade acetate styles, it's no wonder the brand has warmed it's way into our hearts, which is why you'll find the collection at both our Yonge Street at Lawrence Park location as well as our Flagship Boutique on Queen West.

Catch the rest of the interview with Pascal here and don't miss our last showcase of colourful models here!