Filed under: Anne et Valentin, CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!, FASHION!, Unique Frame Lines

Customer Of The Week

Written by on November 27th 2015

Help welcome 0ur new Customer of the Week – Colleen!!!


Colleen has been buying her glasses from Eye Spy since 2011 and has collected a diverse wardrobe of frames to adorn her face.

Colleen’s newest eyeglasses frame is a gorgeous Anne et Valentin Griffin frame in a beautiful turquoise and chocolate brown.  This frame is so great on her – it frames her eyes perfectly and the matte color is so rich and pretty.  The turquoise really makes her eyes pop and the brown brings some warmth to her complexion. AV GRIFFIN

Take a look at some of her other gorgeous glasses:

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Anne et Valentin Modern Love

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Theo Sixteen

Anne Et Valentin Fanzine

Anne et Valentin Fanzine

It is clear that Colleen likes to mix it up, switching between acetate and metal frames depending on her mood and her outfit for the day.  She also has a great selection of colors!  We think her newest frame brings a nice modern feeling to her collection.


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Filed under: NEWS!, Sabine Be., Unique Frame Lines

There’s A New Line We’d Like You To Meet!

Written by on November 13th 2015

We have some new frames to entice and delight you from a wonderful new (to us) designer. Let me introduce you to our newest collection of french eyeglasses, Sabine Be! But first, some background…

The Queen of Specs had been seeing photos of Sabine Be for a over a year….so, when she made her wishlist for the buying show in Paris, Sabine Be was at the top of the list! The Queen likes to carry independent, small, colorful lines that are designed by opticians. In addition, independent optical designers are so nice to work with…and the quality & workmanship is amazing.  Our appointment with Sabine Be was secured for the last day of the buying show. Each day that the Queen passed by the Sabine Be booth, she started drooling and the Specs Wrangler had to pull the Queen away!! Finally, the day arrived! And the clouds parted…..


Are you in LOVE yet?  Everyone here at Eye Spy Optical have a bit of a crush, especially on this sassy little cat ear number.

Sabine grew up with a love of design, fashion and eyewear – both parents were involved in the optical world.  She knew she would grow up to be a designer of some sort.  So after years of work as an optician, Sabine started her own line of unique and colorful frames.

You may not know this but opticians make THE BEST eyewear designers. They pay attention to the little things –  what will fit well, what will look good, what will feel comfortable in a frame.  Sabine Be is comfortable and fun to wear.  She uses beautiful colors and pairs them with fun and easy to wear shapes.



They are also beautifully made – Sabine has her frames made by hand at a small, well-known eyewear factory in France.  Detail and quality have served as her guides she has been recognized by the eyewear design world for her talents, she was recently nominated for the prestegious Grand Prix Silmo d’Or 2015 in Paris.


We have a great selection of Sabine Be’s women’s and men’s frames as well as some fantastic accessories. Consider yourself warned…you may squeal with delight when you see them. :)

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Filed under: CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!, FASHION!, Francis Klein

Customer Of The Week!

Written by on November 13th 2015

It is your favorite time of the week…yes, time to annouce our Customer Of The Week –  LaTonya!!!!



LaTonya is like many women who come to Eye Spy. She has had a prescription for a while, she even has glasses, but she doesn’t really like to wear them. Over the last year she has noticed that she is straining her eyes and when she got her last eye exam, her doctor told her that she needs to wear her glasses all the time. This is NOT what LaTonya wanted to hear, but she decided that if she found some glasses that she LOVES she will wear them. She even decided that for her, it makes the most sense to get a couple of frames so that she can switch it up depending on her style.

With the help of our Design Mave, Sara, she decided on a pair – a gorgeous deep blue Wing frame by Francis Klein.


We know this isn't her exact frame...but Francis Klein frames are super customizable. You can choose your color, your decor style and your crystals!

We know this isn’t her exact frame…but Francis Klein frames are super customizable. You can choose your color, your decor style and your crystals!

We LOVE the way Wing fits LaTonya and how the color and pattern look with her complexion!  Wing has just the right amount of fun and funky and will go with almost everything in her wardrobe.

LaTonya looks fab in her new frame and now she will also be able to see! Win win!


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Filed under: Anne et Valentin, EVENTS!, Mykita, Non-Profit of the Month, SpexWax, Theo

Non-Profit Org of the Month!

Written by on November 6th 2015

You may not know this but the Queen of Specs, Alissa, is a woman and a small business owner!!! Gasp! And all of the lovely folks workin’ at Eye Spy Optical these day are also women! So you might not be surprised to find out that Alissa is totally into supporting women’s businesses and issues. Each month we donate a portion of sales at one of our events to a local non-profit organization. This month we are excited to be working with Women Employed.

womenemployedWomen Employed is a fantastic organization and was founded in 1973 with the mission to “improve the economic status of women and remove barriers to economic equity.” They are focused on addressing issues that impact women in low paying jobs like paid sick-leave, fairness in the workplace, stable schedules, living wages etc. 


This is a group of hard-working people who are dedicated to helping women succeed in life and removing major barriers that can get in the way of that.

Some of the awesome accomplishments that Women Employed have achieved in the last 5 years:

  • As the leading advocate for state-funded tuition assistance in Illinois, WE prevents deep cuts to those investments in the face of the state’s fiscal crisis.
  • WE leads a growing campaign to raise the minimum wage in Illinois and collaborates with national groups to win an increase at the federal level.
  • WE wins commitments from state leaders to implement “bridge programs” that help low-skilled adults advance to college-level courses in their chosen career fields.
  • WE works with community colleges across Illinois to improve support services that help students stay in school and graduate.


Help us support Women Employed’s mission to assure that “All women are treated fairly in the workplace, are able to attain the skills they need for the jobs they want, and are respected for the work they do.”

We will be donating a portion of our sales at our trunk shows this month, so stop in and check out our fabulous glasses and help suport a great Chicago oranization!

Learn more about them and ways that you can get involved by checking out their website and follow them on social media: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Flickr, Pinterest.

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Filed under: Anne et Valentin, EVENTS!, Mykita, SpexWax, Theo

November Trunk Shows!

Written by on October 28th 2015

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Y’all it’s that magical time of year again! Trunk Show month at Eye Spy! It’s every Saturday all month long! We’ve got all of our favorite lines scheduled to make an appearance! Check out the line up below!

Anne et Valentin  on November 7th 
Anne et Valentin single handedly manages to give you just the right amount of color and grace in each of their lovely frames! And while their creations are original, colorful and lively, they are, above all, objects that combine ergonomics, technical requirements, and respect for those who wear them.KROMA_1555 -

Spex Wax on November 14th 
Spex Wax is the ultimate upcycle: art for your face! Rescuing unplayable records, recrafting them with love and artistry that is the very core of Spex Wax. Come and choose from one of their brilliant styles. If for some reason you can’t manage to find your dream pair, you can have one designed for you! Each pair is totally swoon worthy, but don’t take my word for it, come and see for yourself.Spexwax (@spexwax) • Instagram photos and videos - Google Chrome_2015-10-24_17-26-01

THEO on November 21st 
Theo eyewear is a little bit like magic in the way that their frames are designed. If you are looking for metal or acetate they have got you covered in the smartest, dreamiest way possible. Their pairing of color and shape is on point. Don’t believe me? Come in and see every perfect pair in each incredible color. We will have booze and snacks to make your Saturday that much better.theo new

Mykita on November 28th  
Mykita has been ruling the the screwless hinge game since 2003! Laser cutting and the hand bending of each frame are just the start of Mykita’s effortless perfection. Clean lines and graceful shapes are where Mykita is at. Oh, and did we mention that they are dang near impossible to break?!MYKITA - FLORENTINE - Google Chrome_2015-10-24_17-25-14

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Filed under: Anne et Valentin, Caroline Abram, CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!, FASHION!, KIDS!

Sweet Customer Of The Week

Written by on October 27th 2015

Our customer of the week this week is another pint-sized person…say yay yay for Mary Morris!!!


She came in for her very first eye exam and was so so so excited to hear that she needed glasses. She has an eye for style and was very sure about what she liked and didn’t like when she tried on frames.  Anne et Valentin just came out with a new line of eyewear for children earlier this year, so Mary Morris had a lot of cheerful frames to choose from. Anne et Valentine’s glasses come a bunch of fun candy colors, some of the shapes are new and some are mini versions of their existing frames.  Mary Morris tried on a few and quickly decided on a pretty pair of Mia frames in red and blue.


Mary Morris wanted to add a little something fun to her glasses and picked out a little Bijounette accessory by Caroline Abram that is shaped like a slice of cake to dangel off her new specs.  If you feel like you want a little goodie for your frames you should come by and see our other treat charms.


We think she is just the cutest and that her glasses are a perfect fit for her personality (she dressed up to match her glasses when she came in to pick them up – seriously, we can’t get enough of this kid!)



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Kiddo Customer of the Week!

Written by on October 20th 2015

Our Customer of the Week is a kid who knows a thing or two about sunglasses. Raise your juice boxes for Will!!!!


Will is an energetic little guy who loves to be outside so his parents picked up a pair of Julbo Looping sunglasses for him a couple of years ago.  He loved them so much that when he grew out of them, it was time to come back and pick up something new.  He has grown so much since his last pair that he ended up going home with a cool blue pair of Julbo Bubbles sunnies and we think he looks amazing!


Julbo makes great sunglasses for babies and kids.  They are durable and comfortable and we LOVE the bright colors!  They also will protect against UV rays, which is ULTRA important in kids since their eyes are still developing and need some extra protecting.

PREISSNER_CURTWill is excited to be just like his dad and tags along to give his opinion on Curt’s picks. He just might be an optician in training!

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Filed under: EVENTS!

Celebrate our GOLDEN BIRTHDAY!!

Written by on October 1st 2015


Join us on October 17th from 11-5 pm for lots of golden goodies!

First, try your luck in finding the golden ticket, Willy Wonka style! Prizes and discounts will be inside each wrapper. It might not be a trip to the chocolate factory, but it will totally be worth it!!

Gold Plaited will be braiding your hair in magical ways from 12-2pm! Just take a gander at these outstanding braids….

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Next up, the snacks! We will  have a delish boozy gold-flecked bundt cake by Wilder Cakes and the Design Maven also will be brewing some golden sangria…and she’s a bit heavy-handed, so watch out:)
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For the kids and kids-at-heart, add some flash to your day with a golden temporary tattoo:-)

And for the grand finale….a golden gift, straight from the Parisian flea market, will be given to each person that makes a purchase on our golden birthday!!

We hope to see your gorgeous faces on Saturday, October 17th from 11-5 pm!! The braid bar is 12-2pm! 

Maybe we can even convince the Specs Wrangler to do a funny dance, maybe…

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Filed under: Anne et Valentin, CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!, FASHION!, Unique Frame Lines

Customer Of The Week!!!!

Written by on September 21st 2015

Hey everyone!  We have a new customer of the week! Say hi to Hawke!


Hawke came in needing help fixing an old pair of glasses that had fallen prey to the tiny hands of a grabby child – kids can’t seem to resist the siren song of a pair of glasses…before you know it SWOOP! they are off!

We were able to help him get his old frames back in order, but he realized that he might want to get a new pair since it had been a while since he had updated his glasses game.

Hawke has a low bridge and frames that come with nosepads tend to keep those specs where they need to be, but liked the bold look of plastic frames!  Patsy, our Specs Wrangler, got right down to it select the always fantastic, Fame frame by Anne et Valentin. He liked it so much that he decided to get it in 2 colors!



The black and charcoal frame is a great alternative to a boring black frame.  It still has the clean lines that you get from a black frame, but the matte plastic on the front add a textural element that keep this frame modern.


Tortoise plastic is classic and softens this grey metal frame bringinging elements of dimension and light.

It is amazing how different the same frame in two different colorways look!

Hawke is now rocking his new frames and feels like a million bucks.  I hope he can keep those little kid fingers away from them!



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Filed under: EVENTS!

Back to School Supplies Drive!

Written by on September 10th 2015

Welcome back to school friends! We know that means you are most likely gathering up pencils, books and backpacks for yourself or your kiddos. Unfortunately, there are some children in Chicago who can’t afford their back to school supplies. This year we are partnering with Jahn Elementary to lend a helping hand!


Help us, help them get back to school with the right supplies! Bring in school supplies during the month of Septemeber and we will give you $25 off your glasses!  Let’s all help each other and invest in Chicago’s children and make it just a bit easier for them.

If you find yourself  wondering what to bring, here’s a list of supplies by grade level!

We will be running the drive all month long, so you have plenty of time to help!

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