Tuesday, December 31

Happy New Year from Spectacle!

Everyone at Spectacle wishes you a Happy New Year!  We are open today, December 31st, until 4:30pm, and will be closed on January 1st.  We will resume regular business hours on January 2nd.


Thank you for making 2013 such a success.  Have a great New Years Eve & all the best for 2014!




Friday, December 27

Final Weekend of Spectacle's Year End Sale!

This is the final weekend of our annual year end sale!  Make sure to come by any of our 3 locations to get in on some of the best deals of the entire year.


See you soon!




Tuesday, December 24

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from Spectacle!

Happy Holidays from everyone at Spectacle!  We will be closed tomorrow, December 25th, and will re-open on Boxing Day.


Enjoy the day with family and friends!

Our Boxing Day hours are:

Lawrence Park and Queen Street West, 11am - 6pm
Distillery District, 11am - 5pm

Remember to stop in to take advantage of our special sale prices!



Thursday, December 19

Art Installations from Around the Globe

While art installations and galleries can be a snooze fest, here are a few interesting, eye appealing installations from around the world that are far from boring.

Exhibit created by visual artist, Ernesto Neto


"Fireflies on the Water" by Yayoi Kasama creates the illusion using various mirrors, lights, plexiglass, and water


"Turbo" installation created by Baptiste Debombourg


"Wastelandscape", created by French artist Elise Morin & architect Clemence Eliard, features
65,000 old CDs hand-sewn together into a 500-square metre surface
Art is everywhere, and every piece is bizarrely beautiful and ingeniously made.

Written by Christina Cheng, Freelance Journalist & Stylist at Spectacle




Tuesday, December 17

Brand New S/S 2014 Thierry Lasry Sunglasses Available Now

The Dirtymindy

New Thierry Lasry styles are available now at Spectacle - just in time for a winter vacation in the sun!  New models include the Tipsy, Glitzy, Mastery, and more.

The Kendry


The Peroxxxy

Thierry Lasry is known for his bold designs and colour patterns.  The shades are all handmade and designed in France with styles including both acetates and fine metals.

The Tipsy


Stop by our Queen St. West location to view all of the new S/S 2014 Thierry Lasry models!



Friday, December 13

Gareth Pugh x Chrome Hearts Collaboration


Experimental British designer Gareth Pugh and Los Angeles-based Chrome Hearts have teamed up on a new collaboration.  Based on three looks from Pugh's collection, the collaboration includes clothing and accessories like shoes and gloves.


The idea came from the mutual respect of craftsmanship and a commitment to product integrity.  According to Pugh himself, "it's the kind of hand done element that exists within the pieces... it's the love of craft that is the thing that actually makes sense between us".


The collaboration is set to launch in January.  If you also love Chrome Hearts eyewear, be sure to stop by Spectacle soon to view our entire collection!

The Chrome Hearts Penetration



Wednesday, December 11

TYPHOON RELIEF FUNDRAISER 'TWAS A SUCCESS



On Thursday, November 21st, a crowd of young creatives in Toronto joined forces to attend a fundraiser for Typhoon Relief in the Philippines, which took place at Hotel Ocho (195 Spadina). Through their collective efforts, they managed to raise over $4000 which was immediately donated to Global Medic on the ground relief work. Every dollar given was helpful as all proceeds were matched by the Government of Canada.


Supporters were asked to donate at least $10 at the door and were able to shop around Hotel Ocho's two-story loft-style lobby as their favourite local shops set up individual booths. A huge appreciation goes out to those who have contributed their time, skills, products and money to help make this event a successful one, including: Hotel OchoNomadBlue Button ShopLost and FoundMIJLOIMM LivingAcquired Taste, and many more. Spectacle also took part in this fundraiser and donated a $150 giftcard.  

We continue to keep the Philippines in our thoughts.


Written by Christina Cheng, Freelance Journalist & Stylist at Spectacle




Thursday, December 5

New RETRO SUPER FUTURE flagship store opens in NYC

 

Founded in 2006, Italian eyewear brand, RETRO SUPER FUTURE, officially opened their global flagship store in New York City last week in the SoHo district. The interior of the store was designed by none other than the SUPER team by creative architect, Andrea Caputo. The cold, industrial, open space contrasts beautifully with the warm, red-brick walls, natural light and light-grain wood tables and furniture — offering a minimalistic, comfortable and inviting space.

 

The brand's entire sunglass and optic collection is showcased neatly throughout the perfectly lined tables, accompanied by their individual respective cases.The shop offers easy access for viewing — giving each client the opportunity to feel, examine and try on the product.


If you're from Toronto and are unable to make a trip to NYC to grab a hold of SUPERS, swing by Spectacle's flagship store located at 752 Queen St. West to view our collection.


SUPER Store New York City
21 Howard St.
New York City
NY 10013, USA

Written by Christina Cheng, Freelance Journalist & Stylist at Spectacle 




Monday, December 2

Spectacle's Year End Sale is On Now!


Spectacle's annual year end sale is officially underway.  Stop by any of our three locations to view our sale pieces and pick something up for the holidays!




Thursday, November 28

Design Exchange Teams Up with Pharrell Williams for New Exhibit!


Grammy Award winning musician and fashion designer, Pharrell Williams, has joined forces with Toronto's Design Exchange to bring a new art project to the city in February 2014.  The exhibit, titled This Is Not a Toy, will feature vinyl designer toys which, it turns out, Williams is obsessed with.

An example of vinyl toys

The project will feature urban vinyl toys that "are not meant to be played with".  Instead, the installations challenge expectations and explore the line between commercialism and contemporary art.  It will feature works by KAWS, FriendsWithYou, and more.


For more information on this unique exhibit, you can visit the Design Exchange website and view the video below.






Tuesday, November 26

Theo's Gangster-Inspired Collection is Available at Spectacle!

The men behind the eyewear: Brasco, Corleone, Montana, and Ocean

In the words of Theo, "from real time crooks to silver screen gangsters: it's a small step".  Theo's latest gangster-inspired collection follows the 2011 acetate Capone, Bonnie and Clyde styles with the Brasco, Corleone, Montana, and Ocean.

The Brasco in Red

The Corleone in Black

The gangster collection is made entirely of titanium styles with a spring hinge.  The (Donnie) Brasco, (Don Vito) Carleone, (Tony) Montana, and (Danny) Ocean are as irrestible as their Hollywood counterparts.

The Montana in Elly Blue

The Ocean in Purple

Hurry in to Spectacle's Distillery District shop to pick up a pair of gangster eyewear for yourself or someone in the family!





Wednesday, November 20

Fritz Helder: Performer, Musician, Dancer, Artist, Spectacle Eyeglass Wearer


If you haven’t heard of the name Fritz Helder then you’ll definitely know who we’re talking about when you see him. Trust us, you can’t miss him! This eclectic individual is a performer, musician, dancer, artist and eyeglasses wearer— and we are proud to call him one of our clients.


In an interview with The Image Interview, Helder welcomes us to his ‘Electric Leisure Land Studios’ where all the magic happens.

According to Helder, a few words to live by while in the studio go as follows: “It ain’t got no groove… If it doesn’t make you move… The groove is everything.”


He also opens up to The Image Interview when he says, “I feel so blessed to have found *a place* (scratches out ‘a place’) in music where I can express myself freely— Travel the world and tell my stories.” … “I still remember the day I fell in love with music… I was 5-years-old…”

On a more ‘spiritual’ note, Helder adds, “Being on stage is like food, like flying; better than any high you can buy!”



His ultimate dream involves nothing but music related experiences, “It involves a hydraulic stage... and me slowly rising up onto the stage with laser lights / pyrotechnics / and thousands of screaming fans...

Aside from music, Helder has a new obsession with late artist Jean-Michel Basquiat and finds inspiration from the work of Jean-Paul Goude and the piece he created with Grace Jones. He also adds that  “Sitting front row, beside Karl Lagerfeld at the Dior Homme fashion show in Paris" was his favourite moment of 2013.


What’s next for Mr. Fritz Helder? A big move to London in 2014! And on that note, on behalf of the Spectacle team, we hope he picks up a few more frames before he jets on the plane!


You can find Fritz on: www.fritzhelder.cominstagramtwitterfacebook 

Photography by Lisa Bang & Joel Yum.

Written by Christina Cheng, Freelance Journalist & Stylist at Spectacle 




Thursday, November 14

Tom Ryaboi captures the city one rooftop at a time

(Image: Tom Ryaboi)

Tom Ryaboi is taking photography and rooftopping to another level, and has been since 2007. From sneaking into downtown buildings and skyscrapers, to dangling off rooftops - Ryaboi found his passion and sense of thrill in photographing the city of Toronto from unexpected, abstract, risk-taking, dizzying angles. 


According to Toronto Life, "Rooftoppers are normal twenty-somethings by day, intrepid urban explorers by night," and in an interview with Ryaboi, he says: “I think what’s important to look at here... is how people […] are challenging the perception of usable space. […] They’re treating their urban environment as they should, a place full of wonder and adventure.”


Adventure is correct! The astonishing, breathtaking photos of the city on Ryaboi’s blog show the photographer and his friends striding along narrow railings, dangling off rooftops, clinging to scaffolding, and laying on the perimeter of ledges - all hundreds of metres above Toronto streets.



Written by Christina Cheng, Freelance Journalist & Stylist at Spectacle




Tuesday, November 12

CANADIAN FAMILY MAGAZINE & MATTEL BRING AN EXCLUSIVE VIP BARBIE EVENT!



On Sunday, November 10th, Barbie and Canadian Family magazine hosted an exclusive VIP Barbie Fairy Princess party. From ceiling to floor, the historic Casa Loma in Toronto was transformed into every little girl's dream castle.  From table cloths to glitter and sparkles; it was like waking up in a fairy tale.

Girls between the ages of three and nine were immediately transformed into a magical world with an all-access pass to meet Barbie herself and take part in exciting princess activities. These included everything from becoming a Fairy Princess just like Barbie by designing their very own fairy wings to attending a movie screening of the latest film, Barbie Mariposa & the Fairy Princess. The children could then dine like a princess as they enjoyed an enchanted lunch.
Mattel representative, Alicia, says the Barbie event is motivating and encouraging due to Barbie's 130+ careers. It helps young girls realize that they are able to do and be anything they want - from a doctor to a veterinarian, or even an astronaut.



From the DJ rocking Barbie pop music and enchanting melodies, to servants serving sugar coated fruits, candies and popcorn on silver platters, the majestic event was a huge hit!


Written by Christina Cheng, Freelance Journalist & Stylist at Spectacle 
For more coverage click on Christina's blog.