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

A VERY Special Edition of Customer of the Week!

Written by on December 22nd 2014

Put your hands together, my friends, and help me welcome the one…the only…HOT DOUG!!!!

Hot Doug is so suave (you thought I was going to say hot!) in his new Anne Et Valentine Fame frame.

Hot Doug is so suave (you thought I was going to say hot!) in his new Anne Et Valentine Fame frame.

Hot Doug is well known ’round these parts for serving up delicious salty encased meats (hot dogs!) for the past 13 years at the Chi-town institution, Hot Doug’s.

You can't get the dogs, but you CAN get a T-Shirt!

You can’t get the dogs anymore, but you CAN still get a T-Shirt!!!

He closed up shop in October, but you can still outfit your friends and family for your Hot Doug’s fan club at his website.

Don’t worry, he isn’t going to retire and disappear (though he may decide to take a long nap) and will be pursuing other exciting opportunities soon – maybe a charity, something that gives back to Chicago…we think he should persue an acting career!

Chi-Town Showdown: George Wendt-Jitsu vs Hot Doug-Fu from Wolf Point Media on Vimeo.

Whatever he decides, Doug is ready to for his next adventure in his cool new green and black Anne Et Valentin Fame frames.

Doug's career in cased-meats might be over, but Fame will help him get through his days!

Doug’s career in encased-meats might be over, but Fame will help him get through his days!

Known as a friendly guy, Doug made friends with people all over the country (a few weeks ago he ran into a guy who recognized him when he was on an RV trip down south!)  He even gave our Queen of Specs a free veggie dog one day when she took  her princesses out for a bite and forgot her wallet. Awwe!

So, my friends, if you see Hot Doug around, say hi and make sure you compliment him on his new specs. And, as Doug said when he left Eye Spy the other day, Happy Cholidays!

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Filed under: CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!, FASHION!, Rapp, Super

Customer of the Week

Written by on December 2nd 2014

Congrats to Charmaine!



Charmaine works a corporate job and came in looking for something that would jazz up her everyday wardobe.  The Optical Oracle was on the job and helped Charmaine select a gorgeous Rapp Gilda frame in a lucious marbled purple color that had arrived in store just a few days earlier.

Good Gracious Gilda!

Good Gracious Gilda!

Rapp is a small eyewear company based in Toronto, Canada.  They are known for their modern shapes and unique colors.

Once she saw herself in these beauties, she realized that her old sunglasses weren’t up to snuff! She took a quick look at the wall-o-sunnies and picked up a pair that had been calling her name…


RetroSuperFuture Drew Morosa for the win!

Charmaine's a smooth operator in her new Sunnies!

Charmaine’s a smooth operator in her new Sunnies!

Once the cool blue-grey RetroSuperFuture Drew Morosa frames were on her face, she almost wouldn’t take them off! It took some convincing, but we managed to convinced her to give them up for a couple weeks so we could put her updated Rx lenses in them.

Charmaine is sassier than ever and ready to wow her co-workers and friends with her cool-cat style!

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Filed under: CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!, Francis Klein, Gentle Monster

Customer of the Week!

Written by on December 8th 2013

It’s customer of the week time again! This time we went with a dynamic duo… Cassie and her roommate Adrienne! Yes, Adrienne does work here, but we could not resist.

First up is Cassie in her speckled Gentle Monster Fafala frames! 

Turns out Adrienne picked this beauties out for Cassie.

Adrienne has been dreaming of a cat-eye since she started at Eye Spy… she finally found the perfect one: Francis Klein Wing in a brand-new color! It’s a navy acetate with a mosaic-detail peeking out from behind.

Roomie love in fabulous glasses.

 Clearly Adrienne is beyond excited about her glasses choice, as is Cassie!

You look amazing ladies!

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Filed under: Anne et Valentin, CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!, Unique Frame Lines

Customer of the Week

Written by on November 22nd 2013

Our customer of the week this week is Rachel! Rachel and Rob sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G. First comes love, then comes marriage…

Finding the perfect pair of glasses can be a challenge. We *all* know this. Finding the pair you love AND will wear on your wedding day can be an added challenge.

When Rachel came through the door that’s exactly the challenge she presented to us:  a dazzling pair of purple glasses that she would  wear to her wedding…and continue to wear afterwards. ( Just a little pressure, it’s no big deal…) After trying on a few frames we found it, her dream frame. This beautiful, two-toned purple Anne et Valentin Dubai frame.

Rachel and her betrothed were married on October 12th at Bryn Mawr Country Club, and she was glowing!

Thanks for the beautiful photos, Rachel, and for letting us help you choose your frame for your day!

All photos taken by Megan Bearder




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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: Anne et Valentin, CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!, Francis Klein, Theo

And the customer of the week is….

Written by on November 14th 2013

Angela! Oh Angela, how we love you…and your sister’s great taste in glasses!

Angela fell in love with these Theo  Soixante-Deux frames….and had to have this beautiful tortoise and purple color, so we special ordered it for her:-) Theo frames are available in at least 8 different colors…and some frames are available in 20 different colors!! OMG.

Usually, we do not have all 8 colors in-store….
BUT, this Saturday the 16th, we are having a trunk show with every shape AND every color in the Theo  collection!! Don’t faint…just come in and try-on everything!

Angela’s sister, Ann, was our customer of the week this summer in her Francis Klein frames:-)

AND Ann purchased these Anne et Valentin frames in 2009…

Thanks for coming to Eye Spy for more than 10 years and letting us fit your beautiful faces:-) xox.

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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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Customer of the Week!!

Written by on October 13th 2013

Hey, hey, hey! Check out our new Customer of the Week: Xenia!! Xenia has been coming to Eye Spy for years and loves a sharp pair of frames. This time, we think she out-did herself…with the help of our Opticianista:-)

Xenia chose wisely in uniting her eyes with these beautifully sleek, Italian-made Res/Rei Claudia frames.  Res Rei actually translates as “the thing”…and these frames are definitely the thing to be talking about. Bellissima!!

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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] eyespyoptical.com.

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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Filed under: CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!, Rapp

Customer Of The Week!!

Written by on September 22nd 2013

It’s that time again!! Customer of the Week **insert catchy theme song**

This week’s Customer of the Week iiiiissss: Rachel!!

Rachel holds the honor of being one of the lucky people who rock these Rapp “Nathalie” frames.  Rapp eyewear is one of our limited-edition lines of eyewear. Each pair is made-to-order for us…and they only have 30 accounts in the whole wide world! It takes them 6 months just to produce our order!! Of course, we get to choose any shape in any color, but their colors are not even standardized…’cause they only have small amounts of each color. So…what am I sayin’? If you see it and love it, you better get now…or you might be crying when someone else buys your dream frame:-(

Rapp “Nathalie”

Congrats to Rachel for being bold, choosing these Canadian-made works of art…and being our Customer of the Week!

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