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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!

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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: Anni Shades, EVENTS!

Friday Guy Day on Friday June, 13th!

Written by on May 29th 2014

June brings us Father’s Day, but around here we are simply celebrating all of our important men, whether it’s your dad, brother, best dude or significant other. We have lined up an *awesome* assortment of new stylings for your favorite guy.

At the top of the list, Anni Shades will be here with their expertly handcrafted wooden frames. Did we mention that they are made in the midwest? Ohio, to be exact.

Also joining us for the day will be Carolina from Trumaker with custom-made menswear and ties!

Finally, Adreana will be giving complimentary massages to help you relax & enjoy the weekend!!

Bring your best dude & pick out some new fancy duds on Friday, June 13th from 4-7pm.

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Anni Shades Doorframe

No Eye Spy event would be complete without some booze and snacks! We will also be donating a percentage of our profits to Active Transportation Alliance.

To top the day off, we will have our annual Freaky Friday Sale in celebration of Friday the 13th! All frames in- stock are 13% off!!

Come celebrate your best guy, our Design Maven’s birthday and Freaky Friday!

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Filed under: Anne et Valentin, EVENTS!, Theo

Double-Trouble Trunk Show!

Written by on April 30th 2014

Double the trouble, double the fun! We love Theo and Anne et Valentin….so we are spreading the love by having both lines here the same weekend!! Our customers always have trouble deciding between Anne et Valetin and Theo, so now you don’t have to decide:-)

Mark your calendar: Saturday & Sunday, May 17 & 18
and prepare to see all the new Spring 2014 releases! Yipeeee!




And for the avid readers of our blog…and our current customers, we are having a sneak preview on Friday, May 16 in our Eye Spy Airstream pop-up from 4-7 pm!!! SHHHH. Don’t tell anyone;-) Of course, there will be cocktails and appetizers. It is a Friday night, after all.

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Filed under: EVENTS!, Eyebobs, Mykita


Written by on April 7th 2014

At Eye Spy we love a good Chicago cause.  When we heard that the READ/WRITE LIBRARY CHICAGO got their bike stolen (a.k.a. the Bibliotreka), we knew we had to do something to help! After some brainstorming, we decided to host two trunk shows as a part of our Green Scene events…and a portion of the proceeds from the day will go to help READ/WRITE  get a new bike! Mykita and Eyebobs Readers will be joining us for the day. (Ha! Readers for the Library!) READ/WRITE will also have  a little crafting session with some up-cycled book parts. Join us April 26th from 11-4pm!

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Wondering what  in the heck the READ/WRITE LIBRARY CHICAGO is all about? Please allow me to explain… The Read/Write Library is an all-inclusive collection of Chicago-specific media, produced by and for the community. Through their unique indexing of contributors and their open venue, they provide a space for individuals, organizations and ideas to come together, and creative connections to emerge. They also had a sweet bike called “Bibliotreka”, that some not-so-nice person stole this summer! We are joining in the effort to raise some funds to replace their beloved bike.


Wondering what  in the heck Mykita is all about? Mykita is a dream come true for those who are looking for a crazy durable light weight frame. They have got it down, with an all steel frame, a pressure hinge and a lovely assortment of shapes Mykita really make it happen. They also have a few plastic frames up their sleeves complete with a pressure hinge as well.


Next on the trunk show ticket is Eyebobs! Tired of those lame drug store readers that break two seconds after you walk out of the store? Eyebobs is just the answer…and the optics and styles are much better too! Each frame comes in about 5 different colors and every reading power! It’s magical…readers that you won’t be embarrassed to wear!!!! Hooray! Come in and try them all one to find one you love. Psssttt… they also have sunglasses!


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Join us for a day of trunks, fun, crafts and help get READ/WRITE a new bike!


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Filed under: EVENTS!, Mykita

Pop-up for Earth Day!

Written by on March 19th 2014

We are so excited about our big plans for our GreenScene event this year! We are mixing it up once again and having two pop-ups, along with DIY activities that are suitable for all-ages.


To start us off on Saturday, April 12thLost Girls Vintage will be stationed out front with their pop-up, Winnie; she is a friendly RV loaded with vintage clothing and accessories! For the DIY portion of the day, our friend Julie will be teaching bird nesting helpers and some seed starting techquines.



Next up, on Saturday, April 26th….we will be having a fundraiser for the Read/Write Library. Unfortunately, their mobile BiblioTreka was stolen, so they need some bucks to replace it:-( We will be teaching a class on how to transform old card catalog cards into little notebooks…and the library will be here with a small portion of their collection.


And to top it all off…we will have the entire collection of Eyebobs readers and Mykita eyewear here for a trunk show on the 26th too!! We have really out-done ourselves this time! Stay tuned for another blog post that highlights these lines.

And as an Earth Day reminder…we are staunch environmentalists here at Eye Spy and have been this way since day one, 15 years ago. We compost, save &  give used packing materials away to neighboring businesses, never buy any paper, email receipts, put LED bulbs in our outdoor sign, use china and glass instead of disposables…and recycle, recycle, recycle! Whew. Over and out!

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March Makeover Party Time!

Written by on February 18th 2014

Join us on Saturday, March 8th from 12-4pm!

This year we went a little over-board and invited a make-up artist, a hairstylist, a jewelry designer *and* an accessory designer to join us for our swaree!! The more, the merrier…right?!

We will be having Brenda Arelano here giving FREE makeovers. She works for NBC, but is squeezing us into her busy schedule! If you google Brenda…you will see her in her many different pairs of specs from Eye Spy Optical:-)body_arelano



Along with our usual lovely makeup artist Brenda giving FREE makeovers, joining us this year will be Laura from Maven Collection!! Maven specializes in ethically-sourced products that are handmade by artisans across the globe. Maven is based in Chicago and has a fabulous assortment of accessories & home goods…that will be at Eye Spy for the day!

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We have also invited another Laura…Laura of Hunter Gatherer Jewelry.

photo credit: tara mackey

photo credit: tara mackey

Hunter Gatherer is an independent jewelry and accessories brand founded by Laura Prieto-Velasco based in Chicago, IL. Hunter Gatherer’s designs juxtapose dramatic and minimal forms inspired by our shared biological roots and anthropological artifacts. Each seasonal collection is handmade in limited quantities and brings timeless wearables for men and women meant to compliment a contemporary nomadic lifestyle.


Finally, for the slam-dunk….Art+Science stylists will be here giving bang-trims, up-dos and hairstyle advice…all for free:-)


We can’t wait for new makeup and hairstyle ideas, fresh new accessories and cocktails….can you??


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Our January Sale is almost here?!

Written by on December 23rd 2013

AND we are even more excited than you are!! Why you ask? Well, we have two new custom, colorful, handmade lines on the way to Eye Spy in January…and frankly, we need somewhere to put them. We don’t have any extra room at Eye Spy, so that’s where the sale comes in!!

These sunnies are NOT on sale, or at Eye Spy…yet! We are patiently awaiting their arrival in January:-)

For the ENTIRE MONTH OF JANUARY, our handmade eyewear will be discounted from 25% to 75% off, with prices as low as $99!

Swing by to check out deals on Theo, Francis Klein, Rapp and Mykita. Best of all, we will have over a 125 pairs of Anne et Valentin, Lafont, Selima, Mykita & RVS frames that will be 50% off! Treat yourself to a new look for the New Year!

January Sale

We are also having a Friends and Family Event! Join us on Friday, January 3rd from 11-7pm for 15% off your entire purchase. (Discount applies to non-sale stock frames and prescription lenses.)

Show your loved ones how you shop local and purchase handmade products that last:-)

We will have snacks & drinks and our Specs Wrangler will be hosting a dance party! In the downstairs family room, movies will be playing for the kiddos…along with freshly-popped corn! Honestly, what more could you want while shopping for glasses?

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Filed under: Anni Shades, EVENTS!

Meet the Maker of Anni Shades Par-tay this Friday!

Written by on November 20th 2013

We have been dying to know how the guys at  Anni Shades make all those beautiful wooden frames! Come on now,  you know you are in the same boat as us, with all of those beautiful styles and colors they have created! You can basically get a rockin’ wood frame in *ANY* color your heart desires! Talk about dreamtown! If you haven’t felt these frames in your hand, you should really fix that by stopping by Friday evening or Saturday. Phillip, of Anni Shades, will be here talking about his process and the reasoning behind the 8 layers involved in each frame. He will also reveal how Anni Shades keeps their business as socially and ecologically responsible as possible. Head on over, meet Phillip and have a chat… along with some empanadas on Friday.

                        Meet the Maker from 5-7pm on Friday, November 22nd.

Can’t make it to Meet the Maker? Have no fear! We will have the whole dazzling Anni Shades collection on Saturday for the fourth installment of our November trunk shows!

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Filed under: EVENTS!

November Trunk Shows!

Written by on October 24th 2013

Are you so excited? It’s that time of the year again when we jam-pack all the Saturdays in November with trunk shows! We’ve got new things up our sleeves this year! Come and check out the new collections from 5 different lines!

First up is Anne et Valentin on November 2nd!

Anne et Valentin is  a small company based out of Toulouse, France. They made their mark back in 1994 when they began design and production of bi-colored acetate frames for their optical shop in Toulouse.


Second, we’ve got Caroline Abram on November 9th! 

Caroline Abram, based out of France, has a lovely new take on vintage shapes with just the right amount of color….and at a nice price-point:-)


Third up is everyone’s favorite: Theo on November 16th!

In 1989, Theo introduced its ground-breaking collection in Belgium to offer their clients glasses that were definitely not mainstream. Now, Theos appeal to a wider audience, but they still have a soft spot for the individualist.


Fourth on the list is Anni Shades on November 23rd…

AND a Meet the Maker party on Friday, November 22nd!!

Made just over yonder in Ohio, Anni Shades is a small group of guys who are committed to create from what nature has made.  In case you haven’t guessed, it is a sustainably-forested wooden line.

Last but not least is Mykita on November 30th!


Since 2003, Mykita has been designing and handcrafting its stainless steel and plastic frames in-house in Berlin. The frames are avant-garde, perfectly crafted, individual and unmistakable due to their patented screwless hinge concept and clean designs.


We will see you for five Saturdays of brand new frames from the 2014 collections and lots of snacks.

The Breakdown:

November 2nd - Anne et Valentin
November 9th-   Caroline Abram
November 16th- Theo
November 23rd- Anni Shades
November 30th- Mykita

All Saturdays from 11-5pm!

Think you might miss the show? Well, turns out… we will have the collections for Sunday appointments:-) Just call first!


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Filed under: EVENTS!, Francis Klein

OUR 15th ANNIVERSARY is in October…

Written by on September 24th 2013

…and we are having a Francis Klein Trunk Show to celebrate!! Join us for the festivities on Saturday, October 19th from 12-6 PM!


We will have the entire new 2014 collection straight from the Paris trade show…with our stellar Francis Klein rep, Marien, flying into Chicago from the trade show with his bags of sparkle-tastic frames…that are made-to-order, just for you!!

If you would like to design a custom frame, please make an appointment to visit us in the morning between 10 and noon:-) Call or email us: appointment  [at]

Here are two pictures Marian just sent us with some of the new styles, that we will be seeing in Paris this week…and you can see in October:-)

Thanks for a successful 15 years…and here’s to another 15 years of custom, colorful, handmade eyewear!! xox.

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