Tag Archives: Mykita

Filed under: Anne et Valentin, Caroline Abram, EVENTS!, Francis Klein, NEWS!, Niloca, Piero Massaro, Rapp, RES/REI, Theo, Unique Frame Lines

The January Sale is Here!

Written by on December 23rd 2017


Happy New Year! It is time to celebrate new beginnings and we can’t think of a better way to start 2018 than with a gorgeous new pair of glasses. Oh wait…yes we can…a new pair of glasses that you picked up for a steal of a deal! With discounts that start at 25% and go all the way up to 75% off, it will be hard to get just one pair!

This is a great time to refresh your look with new eyewear, pick up that bold 2nd pair you have been dreaming about or get those computer glasses you have been thinking about for ages.

Anne et Valetin, Theo, Niloca, and Francis Klein are just a few of the brands that will be on sale, so get here early to see everything!

The sale starts at 11am on Tuesday, Jan 2. See you there!

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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: 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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Filed under: CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!, Mykita


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: 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: Julbo, Kaenon, Maui Jim, Mylon By Mykita, NEWS!, Oliver Goldsmith, Persol, Spectacular Sunglasses, Thierry Lasry

Sunglasses Sale Starting Early? What?!

Written by on July 10th 2013

Ok, we know it’s real sunny out there… and typically we have an August sunglass sale. However, this year we decided to mix it up a bit and start it NOW!! Can you believe it?! We know, we can’t really either, but what a treat!  Get some sunnies before you leave for August! Brilliant! The sale will range from 10-40% off!

sunglass sale in july

We might even have some other things on sale…such as our entire collection of Lafont frames!

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Filed under: CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!, RES/REI, Unique Frame Lines

Customer of the Week!!

Written by on June 4th 2013

Check out our customer of the week, Walker!  He is looking very handsome in his new RES/REI Michelangelo frames, and his new haircut! Previously, Walker owned a pair of chunky plastic tortoise frames from Eye Spy. While he looks very handsome in his other frames, it was time to update his prescription…and his look! He requested a more subtle frame this time around…and we obliged:-)

Walker, not to be confused with Walker- Texas Ranger, is such a sweet  dude and these frames perfectly complement his aesthetic. A slight nerd flair with a dash of modern sleekness. These handmade titanium frames feel as good as they look!

In addition to being a great eyewear model, Walker Thisted is a local artist, working in photography and painting…and has a ton of websites to showcase his projects. Recently, he has adopted the pseudonym: Theo Wit.  Take a peek at his artwork here.

Thanks for being our customer of the week Walker! You look awesome!!

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Filed under: Anne et Valentin, EVENTS!, February 31st, Francis Klein, Lafont, Mykita, Rapp, Unique Frame Lines, Wonderglasses

It’s Time for Our January Sale Again!

Written by on January 1st 2013

Welcome to the New Year! Bring it on 2013.  What  better way to start the year off, than with scoring some sweet deals on new frames. Come in and check out our sale ALL MONTH LONG! Prices start at $99! Frames will be anywhere from 25%-75% off, so come get while the gettin’s good.

Sale lines include: Anne et Valentin, Lafont, Francis Klein, Theo, Rapp, 2.5 and Mykita. Best of all, we will have Mykita, Selima, Feb31st and Wonderglasses frames that will be 50% off! Bam!

January Sale

 See you soon!

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Filed under: FASHION!

Fall Back in Time…

Written by on October 1st 2011
Who knew that Eye Spy’s new feline logo would be a forecast to fall eyewear trends?  Frame shapes are super retro this year with influences ranging from the cat-eye style of the fab 50’s to the nerdy style of the funky 80’s.   Here is our guide to what is hot in optical this fall:

The Theo model above, Clyde, is bold in all the right ways.  The bold thick plastic really taps into the geek-chic look and the increased vertical depth is right on target.

The Francis Klein model, Bridge, perfectly mixes the old with the new.  New collections this season leaned towards a more rounded shape, rather then the rectangular frames of the past several years.  The beautiful hand-painted gold and the gems along the front/sides of the frame, really make these frames special.

The Lafont frame above, Gilda, is a classic cat-eye shape with a modern twist.  We love the etchings in the corners and the matte metal finish.

The Mykita Karlsson frame, from their lite collection, is a gorgeous frame that is as light as a feather.  The frame is unisex with a classic shape, yet modern with its chrome finish.

…Luckily we have all these frames in stock!  Come in and find your retro side!!!

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Filed under: IC Berlin

Virtually Indestructible

Written by on August 20th 2010
Yesterday, one of our favorite customers came in to Eye Spy with an emergency.
She had run over her ic! berlin Nan frame with her car:

This is after 20 minutes of repair work…
Our Specs Therapist (me) didn’t bat an eye when she saw the twists and bends in the metal.
Our customer had to run to a meeting at work and, while she was away, the Specs Therapist carefully and patiently returned the Nan to her previous glory:


Now, the Specs Therapist isn’t going to take all the credit here. You see, ic! berlin makes incredible frames. Absolutely magical frames. That can take just about anything one can throw at them. Really, truly, AWESOME frames. And those lenses? Trivex. Impact resistant, UV protected, and STRONG.
And as a side note, Eye Spy also carries Mykita frames which are just as durable and well-made! The original designers from ic! berlin started Mykita to bring to market a new and improved (!) hinge and designs. Come on by and see them both.

It’s finally here! The August Sunglass Sale is in effect! For the entire month of August every single pair of sunglasses is on sale from 10%-30% off! Come on in and get that frame you’ve been dreaming of!!!




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