Archive for 'Mykita'

Filed under: Anne et Valentin, Anni Shades, Caroline Abram, EVENTS!, Francis Klein, Mykita, Niloca, Piero Massaro, Rapp, RES/REI, Sabine Be., Theo

Getting Ready for Our January Sale!!

Written by on December 30th 2016

Who doesn’t love a sale? Last year, we had people waiting at our door on the first day of our sale! And for good reason.

We have select styles of Mykita, Gentle Monster, Francis Klein, Anne et Valentin, Theo, Niloca and more on sale for 25%, 50% and 75% off! We even ordered over 50 frames exclusively for our sale that we are marking-down right now …so stop by starting on Monday, January 2 for the best selection!

Did you know that we are open everyday in January?! Yep….so you have plenty of chances to scoop up a great deal, and have no time for excuses! Our January Hours: Sunday & Monday from 12-5pm, Tuesday through Friday from 11-7pm and Saturday from 10-6pm.

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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. 

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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.

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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: Mykita, NEWS!, Oliver Goldsmith

Our Newest Certified Optician!

Written by on April 23rd 2015

Congrats to our optician Clara for passing the American Board of Opticianry test! She is a rockstar…and a certified optician too!! We celebrated by taking these yearbook-style photos…

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Not everyone who sells and fits eyewear and lenses is a certified optician…but at Eye Spy, three out of our four opticians are board-certified…and proud of it!

You might think all we do is tell you if you look good in your eyewear, or not, but there is a lot more to being an optician. We take measurements that determine how your prescription lenses are made, decide on the design of the lens and the optimal material for your prescription, fit the the frame properly, select a frame that will look good with your prescription lenses, make sure that the lenses are made to the correct parameters, trouble-shoot and solve adaptation problems…and more!

So, next time you pop into Eye Spy, ask for Clara, the Optical Oracle, to help you select your eyewear! :-)

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Filed under: Anne et Valentin, FASHION!, Mykita, RES/REI

Customize Your Specs!

Written by on December 8th 2014

If you have spent some time hanging out here at Eye Spy, you may have heard one of us mention a genius named Arnold from CustomEyes once or twice (probably more than that…we really really love him).  He is the man behind our custom painted sun clips and frames.

This frame and custom clip are cool as a cucumber.

This frame and custom clip are cool as a cucumber.

That is right…let that sink in a bit.  CUSTOM…PAINTED…FRAMES and SUN CLIPS!

You want a green Theo frame painted pink? Easy Peasy!

You want a sun clip to match your ombre purple Caroline Abram glasses with a green flash mirror? Get those tissues out ’cause you are going to cry Tears of Joy!

Have you had dreams of little hearts and stars all over your blue Mykitas AND a clip with teddy bears on it…well, I am not sure if he is a miracle worker…but we could ask!

Aren't these just dreamy?

Aren’t these just dreamy?

If you have a metal frame that needs to be jazzed up a bit, or you have odd-shaped specs that needs a clip, HE IS THE MAN!

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Anne Et Valentin Flora before…

Put down that white-out and step away from the glasses!!!! Arnold will make that frame black and white for you…trust us.

Flora is Black, White and HOT all over!

Now Flora is Black, White and HOT all over!

Love what you see? Then what are you waiting for? Get in here and get one of these little works of art on your face!

 

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Filed under: CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!, Mykita, Theo

Customer Of The Week!

Written by on November 7th 2014

Introducing our newest memeber of the Eye Spy Customer of the Week Club…Puneet!

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Mykita for everday.

Puneet spends most of his day sitting in front of a computer…I am sure most of us can relate. He decided to take advantage of our Two Pair Discount and pick up a  pair of glasses for everyday wear and a second pair with a computer prescription to wear at work. Luckily, Puneet has great taste and choosing two pairs was easy.

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Mykita are flexible and durable AND they feature a hinge without screws, so he won’t have to worry about coming in for adjustments.

And Theo's for work

And Theo’s for work

His Theo Dore’s are clean and modern looking and perfect for wearing around the office.

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 I know…you are wondering ‘What’s this dicount thing all about?’ Well, let me fill you in: Buy two  complete pairs with single vision lenses and save $75 OR buy two complete pairs with progressive lenses and save $125!!  

 

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Filed under: EVENTS!, Eyebobs, Mykita

TWO TRUNK SHOWS FOR A CAUSE

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.

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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.

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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!

SATURDAY APRIL 26TH, 11-4PM! 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Filed under: CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!, Mykita

CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!!!

Written by on December 31st 2013

We’re starting the new year off right with a new Customer of the Week! Introducing:  Jamie!!

These canary yellow and white MykitaShirley” frames are part of Mykita’s NEW 2014 collection, so we had to special order these bad boys just for Jamie! Ironically enough, Jamie typically goes for our more funky lines (i.e. Theo & Anne et Valentin)….but her husband has been trying to get her in a pair of conservative Mykita frames for a while. Whelp…Mykita came through and brought the funkiness with these bi-colored beauties and VOILÀ!! Common ground was found!

We love everything about these frames and of course Jamie makes these look even more beautiful. You can check out this frame in other colors on Mykita’s website. Just click the link above!

 

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Filed under: Anne et Valentin, Anni Shades, Francis Klein, Mykita, NEWS!, Oliver Goldsmith, Rapp, Super, Theo

Introducing Eye Spy’s 2013 Lookbook!!

Written by on August 5th 2013

Documented for the Capture the Road,  a cross country photography project by Chris Hershman & Amanda Farmer…Eye Spy’s new video lookbook is nothing short of fabulous! Sit down, relax…and feast your eyes on the hand-crafted eyewear and beautiful scenery.

Capture The Road Presents: An Eye Spy Optical Film from Chris Hershman on Vimeo.

 

Chris and Amanda are city dwellers and long-time friends with one thing in common; their many passions and talents don’t fit neatly inside “the box”. On July 16th, they took a break from their 9-5s and made a 12-day-long road trip across the country.

Their goal on this journey was to step outside of the box, meet new people, see the countryside, capture beautiful images, and explore the many facets of themselves. This is where they documented their journey as artists, philosophers, travelers, and lovers of people. This is where they captured the road.

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