Wednesday, February 27

Floral, Patterned RETROSUPERFUTURE Sunglasses are Now at Spectacle!

Spring 2013 is going to be a season where decorated sunglasses really stand out and are prominent in the upcoming fashion trends.  New York Fashion Week showcased countless shades with both floral and intricate designs and so we wanted to recommend a new model to you that incorporates both of these elements!


This limited edition Lucia, a popular model from Super Sunglasses, is wrapped in fabric to create a very unique look. According to Super, "the FABRIC series is inspired by world culture and man's ability to turn natural elements into art... thick and soft printed fabrics have wrapped our beloved Super acetate, completely covering the Lucia for an all-out retro-ethnic vibe".

The custom case that comes with the sunglasses

The Lucia Kilim in FABRIC is currently available at our Queen St. West boutique so come by and take a look!

Monday, February 25

Eyewear Inspired by the Film Argo!

Eyewear in the film Argo

Congratulations to Argo for winning Best Picture at last night's Academy Awards!  There's some awesome vintage inspired eyeglasses and shades used in the movie, so we picked out some styles from our current Queen St. West collections to showcase.

Barton Perreira Squints

The Barton Perreira Squints eyeglasses are a similar shape to those worn by Clea Duvall in Argo.  They are a squared lens with a slight cat-eye shape that suit many face types.

Persol 649

The Persol 649 sunglasses are the same as those worn by Alan Arkin in the film.  Persol shades are classics and Steve McQueen was often photographed in the 649 model shown as well!


The REIZ ERLE is a double bridge model in a tortoise colour and are similar in appearance to the glasses worn by Rory Cochrane.  REIZ eyewear is handmade in Germany and their pieces feature both classic and unique shapes in a range of colour patterns.

Paul Smith Wordsworth
The Paul Smith Wordsworth is a similar shape and colour as the eyeglasses worn by Scoot McNairy.  They are a larger model and come in a classic brown shade.

If you haven't seen Argo yet, be sure to check it out!  Then, come by Spectacle and pick out some eyewear inspired by the film.

Saturday, February 23

Spring '13 Trends: Colours, Textures, Prints - Oh My!

We’ve been through the chunky sunglasses time-and-time before, we’ve seen many classic black styles and countless classic tortoise shell shades but guess what? Get over it! Seriously. Being too classic all the time becomes so vanilla. This is Spring ‘13 we’re talking about over here. So expect to see colours, textures and prints galore.  This Spring ‘13 rule is to have your eyewear pop! 


The Retro Super Future Tapestry sunglasses are perfect for those SUPER fanatics who like their shades to stand out from a distance. Dipped in murky Seventies acetates, this model is embellished with mosaic, Persian-inspired prints. Eclectic, loud and brave, this frame is a definite statement piece. 

RETROSUPERFUTURE Classic Francis Silver Puma

Now I know this isn't colour per sé but look at that beautiful and intriguing marble acetate print. This style also plays with the mixture of acetate and titanium textures to give it that sleek and sexy look. Now imagine pairing these stunning sunnies with a pop of colour. Badass, right?

Thierry Lasry Orgasmy 6131

Now this is what I’m talking about! Ladies, this is what you call a not so classic tortoise shell! Thierry Lasry takes a very unique, fresh, avant-garde approach to sunglasses especially in this Orgasmy model. Although it uses deep reds and oranges, when the sun kisses you, the colours immediately activate and you’re left shining.

Various styles and vibrant colours of the Taru & Koli collection

Another humungous Spring ’13 sunglass trend is the coloured frames and coloured lenses combo. The eyewear showcased are a brand called Taru & Koli, handmade in Italy and designed by Toronto based optical owner, Jag Dhillon of Spectacle. The use of various coloured fashion tints on lenses has become an out of this world huge trend. Having trendy eyewear is one thing but pairing it with trendy coloured lenses takes it to a whole new level. Give it a try with your swaggy Spring ‘13 attire but I warn you, you may break necks. 

Written by Christina Cheng, Freelance Journalist & Stylist at Spectacle

Thursday, February 21

Oliver Peoples x TAKAHIROMIYASHITA Soloist 3 Eyeglasses are Now Available!

After the success of their previous collaboration, Oliver Peoples and Japanese fashion label TAKAHIROMIYASHITA decided to do it again with the Soloist 3! There are three new styles that keep with the classic design of the Soloist 2, but are made of a new modern titanium material.

All styles are offered in three colours featuring light wash lenses and the engraving "left eye" on the left lens.  This is a trademark of Takahiro Miyashita who was inspired by being left handed himself and products like his Levi's Lefty denim which had all of the detailing on the left side.

The Soloist 3 collaboration is a must-have for Oliver Peoples fans out there. Come by our Queen St. West boutique to check them out!

Wednesday, February 20

Happy Birthday Thierry Lasry!

Today is Thierry Lasry's birthday!  The eyewear designer is most famous for his work with Hollywood stars and his massive celebrity fan base - including Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, and Jessica Alba.  Thierry Lasry's sunglass styles are so sought-after that Psy chose to use them in his Gangnam Style viral video!

Everyone at Spectacle wishes Thierry a happy birthday!

Saturday, February 16

Garrett Leight x Thierry Lasry Collaboration

Wayfarers, aviators, cat-eyes… Generic, generic, generic.  It’s time to step your eyewear game up with something a tad more daring. For example, the new Garrett Leight and Thierry Lasry collaboration is the perfect example of stepping out of the box without overdoing it.

The collaboration consists of two designers that were inspired by their love for each other’s homes — Los Angeles and Paris. Leight’s orange and blue flash mirror coated lenses were inspired by his California view of the sunset and ocean. While Lasry’s soft pastel coated temples and clip-ons were inspired by Paris’ romantic and majestic sceneries.

Garrett Leight showcases his classic, retro and thin sleek acetate designs, while Thierry Lasry plays with the mixture of colours combined with distinct futuristic vintage shapes.

These shades were produced in limited quantities and Spectacle is one of the few lucky ones to carry them. They are currently available at our Queen St. West boutique!

By: Christina Cheng - Freelance Journalist and Spectacle Stylist

Friday, February 15

Spectacle Does the Harlem Shake!

The Harlem Shake has taken the internet by storm... but we've been doing it for years.

Enjoy the video!  Our Friends & Family Sale also begins today so if you're in Toronto stop by either of our locations to check it out.

Spectacle's Friends & Family Sale Starts Today!

Spectacle's Friends & Family Sale is on now at both our Queen St. West and Yonge St. boutiques.  We're offering great savings on both sunglasses and eyeglasses, so hurry in to pick something up for yourself or loved ones!

Thursday, February 14

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day from everyone at Spectacle!  If you still need something to do tonight, Love 4 a Cure is happening at Maison Mercer starting at 6pm. The event is a fundraiser for Rethink Breast Cancer and Spectacle donated a pair of vintage Alexander McQueen shades for the raffle!

Alexander McQueen Sunglasses

No matter what you do tonight have a great time and remember - Spectacle Loves You!

Monday, February 11

Spectacle Welcomes Chinese New Year with a Lantern Window Display!

Sunday marked the Year of the Snake in the Chinese calendar, and Spectacle is celebrating with a new window display featuring Chinese paper lanterns!

The window also includes photos of staff in their favourite eyewear of 2012 

We have these special displays up at both of our locations, so stop by and take a look.

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Friday, February 8

New Thom Browne Eyewear and Colours Now at Spectacle

Spectacle has received some new Thom Browne eyeglass models which are available now.  The eyeglasses come in classic shapes with new colour patterns that keep Thom's reputation for timeless American design in tact.


TB-701 - a brand new model to Spectacle

Thom Browne is loved by countless celebrities and modern fashion icons like model Jessica Stam, Ryan Gosling, and Michelle Obama, who wore Thom Browne at President Obama's second inauguration.  His eyewear, much like his clothing, are unique, classic, and always in style.

Michelle & Barack Obama


TB-011E & TB-006E

Spectacle carries a range of Thom Browne eyewear, so come by our Queen St. West boutique to take a look!

Thursday, February 7

Kelly Loves MOSCOT!

MOSCOT is the oldest collection we carry at Spectacle and it has rich roots in New York City.  MOSCOT has been around since 1899 when Hyman Moscot arrived in the States from Europe.  The brand was officially created in 1915, and the rest is history!

Hyman Moscot in 1934

Due to the brands strong presence in the eyewear industry, it's no wonder why Kelly chose to feature them as her favourite glasses of 2012.

Kelly in her favourite MOSCOT glasses


According to Kelly, "Since 1915, the MOSCOT family has been providing eyewear to customers in New York's lower east side and Spectacle is the only shop in Toronto to offer these iconic urban eyeglasses.  I love the simple detailing, fine craftsmanship, and the hardiness of the frames.  It's really special to have such a well-made product that is unique to our clients".  Stop by our Yonge St. Spectacle location to view our entire MOSCOT collection!

Tuesday, February 5

New Barton Perreira Watson Eyeglasses Now at Spectacle!

The Watson from Barton Perreira is now available at Spectacle!  The Watson has an acetate front and beautiful designs along the metal temples. The round design is also suitable for men and women and compliments many face shapes.

The Watson in Chestnut-Antique Gold

The Watson in Matte Heroine Chic-Pewter

The Watson in Matte Black-Pewter

Spectacle carries the Watson model in these three colour combinations.  Stop by to view our entire Barton Perreira collection of eyeglasses and sunwear!

Friday, February 1

Brrrrr! Toronto Kicks Off Today at Echo Beach!

February 1st and 2nd marks the first Brrrrr! Toronto music festival taking place at Echo Beach!  Brrrrr! Toronto is based off of Montreal's successful winter music festival, Igloofest, and it hopes to draw a winter loving crowd to Echo Beach for a weekend of DJ gigs and drinks!

The perfect shades to wear during the concert!

For the full festival lineup and details, you can check out the official website for Brrrrr! Toronto.  Enjoy the music and stay warm out there this weekend!