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Filed under: Caroline Abram, NEWS!, Unique Frame Lines

Brand New Caroline Abrams are in!!!

Written by on November 8th 2012

Geeze! It has been so gloomy lately in Chicago, we needed a little happiness to brighten up our day. Our UPS delivery guy, Erwin, came to our rescue with a package of brand spankin new Caroline Abram frames! We received some awesome new shapes and a sprinkling of the original ones in new colors! Don’t see a color you like? Let us know…each frame comes in at least six colors. Enjoy!

Caroline Abram Darling and Diane frames

Caroline Abram Minois and Babeth

Caroline Abram Charlie and Casimir Frames



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The Scary Facts about Online Specs…

Written by on October 25th 2012

Anyone can make a mistake once in a great while, but we were shocked to find out that nearly half of lenses are made incorrectly online.  Some were missing coatings, wrong lens types were used, and a quarter of them failed impact testing.  Wow… we can’t believe our peepers!!!

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Filed under: Anne et Valentin, Caroline Abram, Etnia Barcelona, Francis Klein, Lafont, Mykita, NEWS!, Oliver Goldsmith, Rapp, Spectacular Sunglasses, Super, Theo, Thierry Lasry, Unique Frame Lines

Plant-Based Glasses…What?!

Written by on October 12th 2012

We are absolutely crazy about color at Eye Spy.  That’s why we are in love with cellulose-based acetate frames!!!  Cellulose-based acetate is the highest quality plastic for making glasses; it is strong, lightweight, and flexible.  It is also natural , best for you skin, and the best material for intense bold color!

What is the difference between cellulose acetate frames and injection molded plastic frames?

Injection mold frames are made by injecting a more brittle petroleum based plastic that is liquefied, then injected into an aluminum or stainless steel mold. Colors are added through a spray application then coated and tumbled for shine. Injection mold frames are generally less expensive but considered to be lower quality and harmful to the environment:(

Unlike injection molded plastic frames, cellulose based acetate is made from natural elements.  Wood pulp and cotton fibers are used to create this advanced material and it is one of the highest rated hypoallergenics in the world!!!  It is also bio-degradable and from a renewable source.

This natural material arrives in sheet form and is subsequently hand-crafted using over 60 different processes.  It is soft and malleable and feels nice on your skin.  It takes on rich and complex color treatments and has widest range for transparency, rich colors, and finishes. More complex colorations are able to be produced by layering several colors or transparencies in layers and sandwiching them together. There are endless possibilities for these laminated acetates.  Cellulose Acetate for eye wear is made by forming layers of plastic into large blocks then carefully slicing individual parts, hand polishing and finally assembling them into a frame.

Wow, that’s a lot of info, but it is important when you are in the market for new glasses!  Look for the frames that will not only help you look your best…but are made with best quality plastic.  May we suggest you check out some new Anne et Valentin, Theo, or Rapp frames:)




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Filed under: Lafont, NEWS!, Unique Frame Lines

New Doctor in Town!

Written by on October 7th 2012

Please allow me to introduce Dr. Deana Labrosse! We hired Dr. Deana because of her stellar optometry background & previous opticianry experience.  As a result, she knows how the prescriptions she writes will work with all of our new customized lenses. How nice. She also looks great in these Lafont Hype green frames:-)  What else could we ask for?!

We asked Dr. Labrosse some ice breaker questions so we could all get to know her a little better.

Why optometry ? The subject is so vast- eyes can tell a lot about systemic health and they are very important to quality of life. And…once the serious business is done, you get to have fun with glasses, especially at Eye Spy!!

Which patients do you enjoy working with the most? The nice ones! Seriously. Every patient has unique needs. It’s interesting to find the best way to help!

What area of optometry do you specialize in? Dry eyes and developmental disability patients.

Favorite movie? I have two favs: Forrest Gump and Waitress…check out the trailer for Waitress:-)

What’s your favorite season? Spring, because winter is OVER.

What do you do in your free time ? Not much… I have a newborn! I *do* play flute and love Ravinia.

And as it turns out, her favorite flavor of ice cream is the same as the Queen of Spec’s daughter (I guess that would make her the princess right?): Vanilla and mango!

Dr. Deana will be examining  peepers at Eye Spy on Wednesdays and Saturdays, so call us at 773.477.2670 to schedule an appointment *or* click here to go to our online scheduling at any hour of the day or night!  Welcome to Eye Spy, Dr. Deana!!

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Small Distractions

Written by on September 28th 2012

Oh happy Friday! It’s the end of the week and we bet you could use a small distraction. Or if you are like us…you would be oh-so-happy to have someone tell you a story while you work.

Well, we have found an interesting This American Life episode from the beginning of the summer. If you are not familiar with This American Life, each week there is a theme to the episode and a few stories on that theme. The show is produced by Chicago Public Media and distributed by Public Radio International.  Invisible Made Visible was a special edition of the show that they did live on stage and it was beamed to movie theaters all over. The episode features  “Ryan Knighton, a blind guy who had a very peculiar experience with a hotel room telephone. Knighton, tells this story about trying to get his daughter to understand his blindness.”

Take a listen and laugh a little, and enjoy your Friday!


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Filed under: Anne et Valentin, NEWS!, Spectacular Sunglasses, Unique Frame Lines

Anne et Valentin Sneak Peek…

Written by on September 14th 2012

Here is a peek at the new Anne et Valentin specs we saw at the Las Vegas trade show this year…

The top two shapes “Can” and “Cure” are oversized and quirky, inspired by everything Rock-n-Roll!

The frame above, “Lou”, has great texture accented by bold pops of color…and is considered the Wonder Woman model.  Who wouldn’t feel like a super hero wearing these spectacular specs?

The shades below, “Dallas” and “Dakar” are also inspired by texture and have soft but striking color combinations.  Drool!!!

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Filed under: NEWS!, Theo, Unique Frame Lines

New Theo Eye Witness Frames!!!

Written by on September 13th 2012

We couldn’t believe our eyes when we saw these *spectacular Theo Eye Witness specs at the trade show last week!

The avant-garde design and bright colors are right up our alley.   The bold pattern is fantastic…and so is the exaggerated shape! The Eye Witness frames are special and so are the select few who purchase these frames. They are produced in very small quantities and are a limited edition series. You can be sure that you will not have the same simply spectacular specs as your BFF:-)

The Eye Witness line was launched in May 1995.  And guess what? These specs are asymmetrical! If you look closely, you can see that the left and right side of the frame are slightly different.  Each model will *not* fit everyone the same. An Eye Witness frame must be chosen that is in harmony with your own facial features….and with the help of the professionals at Eye Spy!

We can’t wait to get these beauties in…we will keep you posted!!!

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Filed under: NEWS!, Oliver Goldsmith, Spectacular Sunglasses

A Pair of Sunnies to go with that Sweet New Ride…

Written by on September 11th 2012

The Queen of Specs spotted this adorable latte-colored Fiat 500 the other day. She couldn’t help but think of fabulous frames she saw at the trade show in Las Vegas…and how great the driver would look wearing a matching pair of Oliver Goldsmith sunnies!

We love this new latte-colored frame, “Casper,” by Oliver Goldsmith.  Sunglasses with clean lines, a classic shape, and a fresh new color…who can resist?!

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Filed under: Anni Shades, Caroline Abram, Kala, NEWS!, Unique Frame Lines

Kala Specs…Available to Order!

Written by on August 14th 2012

Kala Hixx

We are sad to say that we are down to our last Kala frame!  Although we love Kala eyewear…we just had to make space for two new lines Caroline Abram and Anni Shades.

But don’t worry, we can still special order any Kala frame that you may desire.  Also, if you’ve already purchased a Kala frame and need to order a replacement part…we can always get it for you!

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Filed under: Etnia Barcelona, NEWS!, Unique Frame Lines

Back-To-School with Free Lenses!!!

Written by on August 8th 2012

It’s back-to-school season again, even thought it still feels like summer!  Time to head on out and find new backpacks and clothes, since the little ones grow like weeds over the summer.  Eye check-ups are important and maybe some new glasses too!!! And what could be better than frames that grow with your little one! Our new Etnia children’s frames have adjustable temples that will lengthen as your kids grow,  how awesome is that ?  You can even schedule an appointment at Eye Spy… the doctor is in on Thursdays and Sundays:)

Also, from now through the end of October, when you add Super Hi-Vision EX3 Anti-Reflective Coating to your kid’s lenses, you get FREE impact-resistant lenses, worth up to a $140!! That includes all students, even the college-level ones!  What is this EX3 coating, you ask?  While all types of anti-reflective coating reduce glare, EX3 is far superior to most because of its extreme scratch resistance and because it repels dirt and water.  Since students spend most of their time on the computer, they need an anti-reflective coating they can count on!

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