Customer of the Week!

Written by on July 24th 2014

What a glorious summer it has been so far, sure we’ve had some rain but at least we didn’t have to water our gardens that day! Dan came in to get some shades to add to the gloriousness of his summer! Patsy helped Dan find the perfect pair of neutral but stylish sunglasses. He’s rockin it in his People frames from RetroSuperFuture.
WESLEY_dPatsy had a blast helping Dan pick out these frames, while Dan cracked joke after joke. Thanks for being so hilarious Dan and for being our Customer of the Week!   

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Filed under: EVENTS!, February 31st, Gentle Monster, Kaenon, Maui Jim, Oliver Goldsmith, Spectacular Sunglasses, Super, Theo, Thierry Lasry

Sunglass Sale Preview Party!!

Written by on July 22nd 2014

Join us for some mayhem on Thursday, July 31st from 3-7pm!

Y’all know that August brings our Sunglass sale. Once a year we round up all of our sunglasses, and go over-board on the discounts. We even sneak in a bunch optical frames:-)THIERRY LASRY SALE

This year we are starting the party a day early, because turn down for what? Thursday will bring a 4 hour sneak peak at the sunglass sale along with a handful of other surprises we’ve got up our sleeves. Trust me, you WANT to know what they are. Perhaps, we will let the cat out of the bag the week of the par-tay! Maybe.

In the meantime, please allow me to temp you with some images of our lovely sunglasses and some total babes in them! We will see you Thursday, JULY 31st from 3-7pm for some snacks, booze and previews.



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Filed under: EVENTS!

Popping-up In July

Written by on July 10th 2014

We have a bunch of pop-ups scheduled for this month! Are you excited?? Here’s the scoop…

lill_street pop-up

The next one is : Friday, July 11 in Pilsen at Modern Co-op during 2nd Fridays from 6-10pm.

Modern Co-op is having a kicking off event for a new design collection by Chicago-based Brass And Bark…and we are joining in the fun with our frames and sunnies:-)


 The next pop-up is…on Friday, July 18th, the Chicago Mosiac School. They are having a Vernissage from 6-9pm! The head of the school is a big fan of Eye Spy and we are a big fan of mosaics:-)

The school is located in a loft building near the Irving Park Brown line stop. It is on the second floor and we will be near the main entrance…hopefully!! The have an incredible showcase of mosaics by artists from around the world on display.

mosaicschool“Something Fishy” fountain by CMS artist Martha Crandall and CMS students


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Drool-Worthy Buffalo Horn Sunnies have arrived.

Written by on July 9th 2014

Where do we start the story of Rigards? En Paris, bien sur! Every year, the Queen of Specs travels to the fall eyewear show in Paris to discover new, tantalizing, eyewear that steals her heart. As you know, you cannot buy everything you want and love….but how could anyone say no to these buffalo horn sunglasses that are made-to-order?!? Impossible.


We did wait until the spring to order them, so we did exercise a bit of self-control:-)

BUT, since we waited until April and each pair is made-to-order, to our specifications of color & grain….we *just* received our order. It was worth the wait.

Every pair of frames is handcrafted with tremendous attention using time-honored methods of production and hand-finished with signature surface treatments, combining virtues of the past with modern sensibility. Both European and Asian fits are offered to provide maximum comfort for different face shapes.


The buffalo horns used are an organic by-product of water buffalo rearing on small African farm. In addition, the horn is a sustainable natural material that is lightweight & biocompatible. Natural horn has the remarkable quality of adjusting to the skin temperature, allowing for an almost seamless feel. The pleasant warmth distinguishes horn from the standard manmade materials used in conventional eyewear and offers a sensual frame-wearing experience—a big plus for many luxury eyeglasses wearers.

As a material of nature, horn has the extraordinary ability to age gracefully with use. The gradual evolution and organic patina embody the very characteristics cherished by selective eyeglasses owners. Sourced from sustained domesticated herds, the buffalo horns used have minimum negative impact on the environment. Leftover horn chips and shavings from the production process are recycled as fertilizers in agriculture. The humble horn wastes are actually a first-rate quality manure as horn is an excellent source of slow release nitrogen.

As with all items of value, your horn frames need to be maintained to keep them looking their best. Horn is a durable product of nature and, if cared for correctly, can last for many years to come. 

So….stop by, try on a few pairs, and don’t be surprised when your hear skips a beat.



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Filed under: CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!, Theo

Customer of the Week!

Written by on July 9th 2014

Congratulations to Barbara!! We were almost as excited to fit Barbara with these limited edition Theo beauties as she was. Barbara kept giggling and giggling every time she put these frames on…so, of course, she had to get them:-)


Barbara has been a simply spectacular customer since 2001!! She usually she opts for purple frames, but sometimes you’ve just got to go a bit crazy. Right?

Here is a sneak peek of the rest of the limited edition fluorescent Theos, just in case you need a pair for yourself…




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Filed under: HEALTH!

Do You Wear Your Sunglasses at Night??

Written by on July 2nd 2014

A frequent complaint Dr. LaBrosse hears, particularly in the summer, is sensitivity to bright light.  Most people will say bright sun causes them discomfort, particularly if their eyes are blue.  Sensitivity in other situations, such as ambient lighting in stores or your office, is not normal. 

Symptoms include excessive tearing of the eyes, pain around the eyes, and the desire to wear sunglasses indoors.  There could be many explanations for this, but a commonly overlooked reason is a deficiency of lutein and zeaxanthin in your diet.  Lutein and zeaxanthin are found in the pigment of your eye that helps capture stray light rays and prevents them from activating too many cells on your retina. 

These nutrients are found in high concentrations in green leafy vegetables, as well as yellow, orange, and red fruits and vegetables.   Kale has the highest concentration of lutein and zeaxanthin amongst the green leafy group, followed by collard greens and spinach.  Orange peppers contain high amounts of zeaxanthin in particular.

If you know you don’t eat these foods regularly, the first step is to start working them into the diet several times per week.  If you know that this just won’t fit in with your lifestyle or diet, supplementation may be necessary.  Most supplements you find over the counter do not contain enough lutein or zeaxanthin to treat a condition such as light sensitivity (photophobia).   If dietary changes aren’t doing the trick, it might be time for professional help…see your eye doctor (hint, hint)!

spicy kale

Here is a great recipe from that incorporates both kale and peppers:

Spicy Kale with Sauteed Red Peppers

2 bunches kale

1/2 cup leek, chopped

5 tablespoons olive oil

1 small onion, diced

5 garlic cloves, minced (or extruded through garlic press)

1 1/2 large red bell peppers, cut into short strips

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes


white pepper

  1. Wash kale. Pull greens away from the stalks, discarding stalks. Shred by hand into small pieces.
  2. Place kale in steamer basket, and steam until tender (approximately 10 minutes). Remove immediately from heat.
  3. Heat olive oil in heavy pan over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add onions and leeks. Saute until onions are translucent and leeks begin to brown. Add garlic and red pepper flakes, saute for 1-2 more minutes. Add bell pepper slices, and saute until tender (approximately 4-5 minutes). Remove from heat.
  4. Add kale to pan, and toss ingredients together thoroughly. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot or room temperature

Check out the local farmers’ markets for organic produce. Did you know that there are over 70 farmers markets in Chicago?? Here is a list of the Chicago markets. Our favs on the north side are: Lincoln Square, Glenwood & Logan Square. If you are short on time, join a local CSA for a box of goodies that you pick up once a week with a different assortment of veggies each week!  We like Montalbano Farms and Angelic Organics, but there are a ton in the Chicago area. Happy cooking!

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Filed under: CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!, Rapp

Customer of the Week!!!

Written by on July 1st 2014

Starting of the month right with a FABULOUS new Customer of the Week!! Meet Mary!


 Mary is one of our long time customers who is truly dedicated to her frame wardrobe. So much so that she moved to Maryland (haha, Mary-land) and STILL travels back to Chicago just to get here frames here. This lady has frames for every day of the week! So, we’re totally stoked that she chose this bold Rapp “Bond” frame. These are a hard frame to wear, but she rocks it so effortlessly. Rock on Mary!

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Filed under: EVENTS!, Oliver Goldsmith, RES/REI, Unique Frame Lines

Throwback Thursday Mysterious Par-tay!

Written by on June 25th 2014

Come in on July 10th from 12-7pm and grub on hot dogs, s’mores, beer, and dance your face off with White Mystery!!!! White Mystery will be in full swing from 12-1pm. Don’t miss ‘em! Oh, geeze…we almost forgot to mention that we will have the whole RES/REI and Oliver Goldsmith collections in the house!!! 


We know you secretly love #throwbackthursday. It’s ok, we do too!  Well, we are bringing back some of our old Thursday activities. Back in the day, we had Eye Spy’s Battle of the Bands! Turns out that this throwback will not be a battle, but rather a killer set by the brother sister duo White Mystery! We are so pumped to share our afternoon with these gingers!

white mysters

We have never, ever had a RES/REI trunk show!!!  We are just a tid bit excited about this one! RES/REI takes classic Italian shapes, then updates the shapes and adds a touch of color and/or interesting modern detail. They are handmade with love in Italy. RES REI means ‘the thing’ in Latin. It means an existing object, with substance and form; but it also means a concept, an idea. RES/REI is the ensemble of things that make life around us, in all given forms.

Here are a few teaser images for RES/REI:

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Now for some teasers from Oliver Goldsmith:

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Did you know that Oliver Goldsmith made Audrey Hepburn’s sunglasses? Think of all those cult films, and 20th Century style icons… yeah, they made those sunnies too. They are particularly dreamy, in that old Hollywood sorta feel.

So come by Thursday, July 10th starting at noon for trunk shows & to rock out with White Mystery!!

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

Customer Of The Week!!!

Written by on June 24th 2014

It’s a family affair! This trio was just too cute, so we made all three of them the Customers of the Week!!
Meet Kathy, Curt, and their little bruiser, Wil!

Curt has been coming to Eye Spy for frames for some time now. He’s gathered quite the collection of Anne et Valentin frames. His “Factory Eight” frames (pictured here) are his most recent addition. Since Curt developed such an appreciation for the designer, it was only natural that Kathy would end up being just as inspired!

When the family came in to pick up Curt’s glasses, our Anne at Valentin trunk show just happened to be in full swing at Eye Spy. Kathy hadn’t purchased glasses in years, but fell in love with the “Lou” frame in chocolate brown with pink accents. She decided that she needed to look as good as her husband, but needed a very comfortable frame. This titanium frame fit the bill…and will stand up to the wear and tear that certain toddlers can impose on glasses;-)

A special honorable mention goes to the little guy, sporting his super fly Julbo sunglasses. Maybe when he’s all grown up, he’ll join the ranks and carry on the Anne et Valentin frame tradition!

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Filed under: Gentle Monster, HEALTH!

Blue is the New UV

Written by on June 11th 2014

Now that nice weather is here, many of us have pulled out the sunscreen and sunglasses. The dangers of ultraviolet (UV) exposure are widely known, but current research shows that even blue visible light can cause biological damage, particularly in the eye. Blue light sources include sunlight as well as computers, TVs, lights, cell phones, and tablets.

Below are Dr. LaBrosse’s recommendations to protect your eyes:

Physical protections include using sunglasses and wide brimmed hats outdoors. Your prescription “indoor” lenses may also be protected with a clear UV block or an anti-glare coating that blocks blue light for heavy computer users.

GM_sunnies hat(Gentle Monster frames along with a wide-brimmed hat always look good!)


Chemical protections are sunblocks and sunscreen. Many facial moisturizers can be found that include SPF. These are perfectly fine to use on your eyelids as well (just steer clear of the lash margin). Amazingly, there are very few eye creams that have SPF, but Dr. LaBrosse has found some that she can recommend.

Nutrients are important in providing the eye the building blocks to maintain its own natural sun protection. Lutein and zeaxanthin are found in high concentrations in the macula (the area of the eye responsible for color vision and 20/20 vision). These pigments protect the eye from UV/blue light exposure, and high concentrations in the eye are protective against macular degeneration. Green leafy vegetables (especially kale) and yellow/orange fruits and vegetables provide lutein and zeaxanthin. If you have a family history of macular degeneration or just plain don’t like to eat your veggies, Dr. LaBrosse recommends vitamin supplementation. Her favorite product is EyePromise by Zeavision, available at EyeSpy or at


Start enjoying the summer, local farmer’s markets….and use these tips to protect your eyes from blue light:-)

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