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Filed under: Anne et Valentin, CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!, Francis Klein

Customer Of The Week…Dog Days Edition

Written by on August 25th 2015

Hi all!  These truly are the dog days of summer, so we chose our wonderful customer Victoria and her cute pup, Splash, for our Customer Of The Week!

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At Eye Spy Optical we LOVE glasses and we LOVE dogs, so when Victoria came in to pick up her new glasses and brought along her furry little friend, we were thrilled and HAD to have a picture of both of them!

Victoria has been a customer for a few years now and on her last trip here, she picked up 2 pairs – first, a gorgeous pair of claret red and minty green Anne et Valentin Minilook. The more traditional shape makes these are perfect for professional settings but have that gorgeous color that looks so great with Victoria’s coloring.

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She also decided on a pair of Francis Klein Club frames with a floral silk print.  We love how light and easy-going this pair is – perfect for summer garden parties and brunching outside!

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Victoria is happy with her new summer frames and Splash gives her paw of approval to both pairs!

 

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Filed under: NEWS!

Art Alert: Sea/See/Saw

Written by on August 22nd 2015

What do you do with your old glasses when they have grown outdated and the lenses no longer workd for you?

Most people shove them away in the back of a drawer and forget about them or throw them away.

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A couple of Canadian artists Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett decided to put some of those old lenses to use…14,000 of them!

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They created a large scale instalation named Sea/See/Saw on the front of Istanbul’s Pera Museum overlooking the Bosphorous river.

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Thousands of lenses hang and glitter in the sun, reflecting the river water and moving with the breeze.

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What a beautiful way to turn trash into art!

We know, you probably won’t turn your glasses into art like this, but you can dig them out of those drawers and give them new life.  We collect old glasses and donate them to a great organization called New Eyes for the Needy.  They help provide glasses to those less fortunate and keep your old frames out of the landfill.

If you do decide to make art out of your old frames, send it over, we want to see it!

 

 

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Filed under: EVENTS!

Sunglass Sale!!

Written by on August 20th 2015

2015_sunglass_saleWe are knee deep in our  AUGUST SUNGLASS SALE. Where, once a year we round up all of our sunglasses, and go a little bananas on the discounts. 

All sunglasses are on sale from beginning to the very end of the month! Come by and take advantage of discounts from 10-50% off of almost every pair of sunglasses in the store. Yowza! Don’t worry your pretty little head about the month being half way through and you haven’t made in it, we still have some dreamy sunnies in store! Just to  add to the crazy of the sale, we have also put a few of our eyeglasses lines on sale for 10%-50% off!

Come in and snatch up some lovely sunnies on and enjoy the rest of the summer!.. and fall because let’s be honest we all know we will all be outside as long as the weather allows!

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Filed under: CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!, FASHION!, Niloca, Theo

Customer Of The Week…Daily Double!

Written by on August 11th 2015

Help me welcome Robin to the Customer Of The Week Club!

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Robin’s first visit to Eye Spy Optical was a little bit strange…the Queen of Specs and the Optical Oracle were on at the shop and just moments before Robin stepped in the door, the power had all gone out. This did not deter Robin.  She had been sent by one of her fab friends to look at our unique frames and a little power outage wasn’t going to deter her.

She looked around for a bit, trying on frames in every color under the rainbow.  A Theo frame caught her eye…part of a limited edition of flourescent Mille specs…in bright blue and green.

I know this is purple...but you can imagine this in blue and green can't you?

I know this is purple…but you can imagine this in blue and green can’t you?

Robin loves color and accessories, so she also wanted to look for something she could wear with her jewel-tone outfits.  She tried on Niloca’s Fermie frame and knew she had found her frame-charming. The kalaidesope of amethyst, garnet and carnelian colors was gorgeous with her coloring and would match her hats!

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So it was settled…Theo and Niloca frames in gorgeous limited edition colors were going home with her.

We love Robin’s bold choices and think she looks beautiful in both of her new specs!

 

 

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Filed under: CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!, FASHION!, Theo, Unique Frame Lines

Time For Customer Of The Week Again!

Written by on July 31st 2015

Hi friends! Welcome to another edition of Eye Spy Presents: Customer Of The Week starring the handsome and friendly gentleman that you all know and love………….Eric!

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You may or may not know this, but Eric is a guy on the go and he needs stylish eyewear that can keep up with him.  Theo Mille +23 is a simple design with some great details!  It is made out of titanium that is both strong and light & comfortable to wear. The shape is very graphic and has some nice angles that make Eric look great. The warmish grey color with a matte finish goes perfectly with his contemporary style….and big smile!!

THEO MILLE+23Eric is thrilled with his new frames and will definitely be back for his next pair of specatcular specs!

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Filed under: FASHION!, NEWS!

Artist Alert!!! Everyone Should Know About Cyrus Kabiru

Written by on July 26th 2015

 “When you walk in town and you see someone with my glasses, the glasses will [get] all your attention”

Here at Eye Spy Optical we LOVE glasses (duh!) and we LOVE recycling (yeah!).  Cyrus Kabiru, a Kenyan artist, brings together the best of both worlds with his out-of-this-world creations.

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As a kid he wanted glasses, but wasn’t able to get them, so he started making his own.  He works with found materials, transforming them into wearable sculpture.  “I really love trash. I try to give trash a second chance. I change it to be something else, which is like it will stay for more than 100 years now.”

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While they probably won’t improve your vision, you have to admit that they could give you a new outlook on life.

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Watch a video and learn a little more about him at This Is Colossal and at his website.

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Filed under: CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!, Theo

Customer Of The Week…

Written by on July 21st 2015

Tip your hats to our elegant Customer Of The Week Deanna!!!

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Deanna came in after seeing her friend wearing a fabulous pair of glasses from Eye Spy. She wanted a new frame -something bold and colorful – and you know she came to the right place. Patsy, our Specs Wrangler, helped her try on several fun frames. Deanna almost walked out the door in a pair of Rapp cat-eyes, but a very special Theo caught her eye… and she absolutely HAD to have it!

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The O by Theo is a frame that is bold and beautiful, but also has a sense of humor. We think that it looks striking on Deanna.  Her silver hair and porcelain skin make this frame POP and the fit is nothing but perfect.

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Filed under: FASHION!

Recent Light

Written by on July 14th 2015

Recently Refinery 29 published and article titled “Why I Stopped Dressing ‘Hot’ and Started Dressing ‘Weird”  by Laura Ruof. Where Ruof takes us through her teenage years when she tried to be daring and show her love of “weird” but just couldn’t hang. She was teased and worried about what others thought. She further explains her journey from “hot” to “weird.” Through this Ruof learns to dress for herself, simple in concept, she exoplores what makes her happy and how to dress that way.

It is a refreshing take on how to dress, in a world that has taken to body shaming all to often these days.

Here at Eye Spy we believe that you should dress for your self. You are the one who needs to feel beauiful and comfortable with not only your glasses but your whole self.

You are beautiful.
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Filed under: CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!, FASHION!, KIDS!, Swissflex

Customer Of The Week!!!

Written by on July 7th 2015

Give three big cheers for Derek, our new Customer Of The Week!!! Hip Hip Hooray!!!!!

DEREK_J Derek is an awesome kid who was super excited to get his first pair of glasses (just like his dad!). It didn’t take him long to decide on a colorful pair of SwissFlex Kids frames in kelly green – which just so happens to be his soccer team’s color this year (fingers crossed that he gets green again next year)!

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SwissFlex is a great brand for kids frames because they are flexible and can stand up ruff-and-tumble play time that kids get into. Derek learned how to put his glasses on with two hands and how to clean his lenses so that they will last a long time, but I am sure that he will put those frames to the test!

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Derek is a sporty kid, so he also got a pair of silver Rec Specs sport frames.  They have an adjustable elastic sport band in the back and a padded nose pad so they won’t move around while he is on the run. He needed something that could do double duty so he can wear them when he is outside playing soccer and when he is shooting hoops inside, so we hooked him up with some transitions lenses that change to sunlenses when he goes outside.

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Derek is thrilled with his new glasses – just look at that smile! Hi-Fives for Derek!

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Filed under: EVENTS!

Eye Spy with My Little Eye…A Pop-Up Shop!!!

Written by on July 3rd 2015

Iris the Airstream was cooped up all winter and is so excited to get out and show off that she has been gettin’ around town this summer (yes, it really IS summer!) as part of our Pop-Up shop.

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You may have seen her chillin’ in front of the store during our Theo Trunk show. She LOVES ice cream and gelato and sampled some local sweet treats at spots like Black Dog Gelato and Bobtail in June. She also made her way over to the Lincoln Square Farmers Market and all the way down to Modern Cooperative in Pilsen.

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Iris still has big plans for the summer. In August she’ll be poppin-up at Coyle+Herr on the 13th, Humboldt House on the 15th, Sprout Home on the 28th, and Randolph Street Market on the 30th. In September she will be at Modern Cooperative on the 11th and on the 18th you will find her visiting her friends at the Chicago Mosaic School for the the Ravenswood Art Walk.

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Stop by, say hi, get a tour and try on some spectacular frames!!!! We always have treats and drinks for visitors:-)

If you have a local, independent business, and would like Iris to visit your shop, just give us a ring or drop us a line! And don’t forget to Follow us on Facebook for an up to date list of summer pop-ups.

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