Monthly Archives: December 2012

Top 5 Minimalist Eyeglasses

With the New Year, one of the most popular resolutions is to slim down – whether its losing some weight or cutting expenses, we’re all looking to get back to basics in some area. Why not streamline your style, too? Minimalist eyeglasses are a great way to look sleek in a no-frills way, without having to sacrifice style. Those looking for the top minimalist eyewear out today will love the following styles.

Prodesign 1360 C. 5031 Eyeglasses

5. Prodesign 1360 eyeglasses – The Danish are known for their great designs, and this brand is no stranger to award-winning creations. The 1360 is simple and elegant, with a classic rectangular design made modern with the flared corners, complemented by thin arms in a matching chocolate brown.

Giorgio Armani 808 C.0003 Eyeglasses

4. Giorgio Armani 808 eyeglasses – Another unembellished model, the 808 has a thin black frame that surrounds round lenses, paired with equally as slim arms for an all-around modest look. Adjustable nose pads make this style a great choice for simplicity and comfort.

IC Berlin Sinai K. C. Aubergine Eyeglasses

3. ic! berlin Sinai eyeglasses – In a subtle aubergine color, this German-made frame has a patented screw-less design, using interlocking pieces to create the hinge that snaps on and off for easy repairs. The rectangular silhouette has slight curves that make it a top choice for unisex minimalist styles.

LINDBERG 2153 C. K45/10 Eyeglasses

2. LINDBERG 2153 eyeglasses – LINDBERG, another award-winning Danish brand, makes what are perhaps the most popular titanium frameless eyeglasses in the world. Available for men, women, and children, its popular rimless eyeglasses selection suits just about everybody. Lenses are cut to your size preferences because there is no frame to fit, and arms can either be bold and bright or sleek and chic like the 2153 above.

MYKITA Bent eyeglasses

1. MYKITA Bent eyeglasses – The absolute ultimate style of minimalist eyewear has to be our favorite look from the MYKITA Lite collection, a line of frames made of only three pieces. That’s right, all it takes to put together this frame is the front rim and two arms! Hinges are interlocking so no screws are required, and the entire frame is made out of super lightweight titanium, so they’ll feel as light as a feather and will look just as delicate.

Cool AND Hot? Look Both With New Mosley Tribes Sunglasses!

Some designer sunglasses just have an amazing ability to make you look both cool and hot, and Mosley Tribes seems to be one brand that always hits the mark on both sides. With its laid-back style and versatile colors, Mosley Tribes sunglasses are a top pick for fashionable men and women around the world, including celebs like Reese Witherspoon, Gisele Bündchen, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Mila Kunis. We recently added a few new styles to for you to enjoy – here are some of our favorites:

Mosley Tribes Cosley sunglasses in Kalahari Tortoise

Mosley Tribes Cosley sunglasses in Kalahari Tortoise –  With its 80s-style plastic aviator frame, Cosley features an open bridge that creates a trapezoidal design. Brown gradient polarized lenses accent this two-toned design, becoming lighter on the bottom as the front rim does as well. The perfect choice for a guy who wants a casual look without sacrificing style.

Mosley Tribes Mateo sunglasses in Silver

Mosley Tribes Mateo sunglasses in Silver – Back to basics here, this classic aviator has teardrop lenses in gradient Sky, surrounded by a thin silver rim that has a sleek, glossy shine. The double bridge is straight on top and curved on the bottom, sitting above adjustable nose pads for your comfort. Mateo may have a masculine name but its looks suit men and women alike, offering a laid-back look that is ultimately chic.

Mosley Tribes Stafford sunglasses in Blue

Mosley Tribes Stafford sunglasses in Blue – A little bit vintage, a little bit modern – Mosley Tribes does a great job blending different eras in the Stafford. The chunky plastic frame has a straight-top silhouette toughens up the look, while the keyhole bridge adds a little blast from the past. Sky gradient lenses complement the blue frame.

Mosley Tribes Stockton sunglasses in Chrome

Mosley Tribes Stockton sunglasses – Another aviator with a twist, this style has more of a rectangular silhouette with its solid slate-colored lenses, surrounded by a thin chrome rim and separated by a small, curved bridge. The simple base is topped with a strip of slightly wider chrome along the brow line that makes the Stockton a unique Mosley Tribes design.

Check out the rest of our Mosley Tribes sunglasses lineup here and let us know which ones are your favorite!

You’re Invited! The Lafont Eyewear Trunk Show on January 19

Lafont Eyewear Trunk Show at Vizio OpticPhoto: Lafont Facebook page

To kick off the new year of fashion, we are celebrating the renowned French brand Lafont Eyewear on Saturday, January 19 with a special trunk show event! As per usual, our friends in the Greater Boston area will have exclusive access to the company’s entire 2013 collection for one day only. From 11 AM to 4 PM, come on in and take a look at the amazing colors and designs that the Parisian concepteur de lunettes has in store for you.

Our favorite Lafont representative Kit Hamilton will join the Vizio Optic team on this day for complimentary consultations; she is just as dedicated as we are to helping you find the perfect frame for your face! Visitors will also enjoy music, wine, and snacks for an added bit of luxury to their Saturday afternoon.

All visitors will be entered to win a FREE pair of Lafont glasses of their choice, so coming to the trunk show gives you two special perks at once: You can view the entire collection of designer eyeglasses and sunglasses so you have a better idea of what the brand is about and just how devoted they are to providing a product that works perfectly for you, AND you get the chance to get a pair for free, so why not come in and see just how many choices you have? Additionally, all customers who purchase a prescription package (one pair of glasses/sunglasses plus prescription lenses) can enjoy $100 off their order that day only.

Don’t miss out on awesome event, we can’t wait for the 19th to come! Stay tuned to our Facebook page on when to RSVP, or join our mailing list to receive a notification when it’s time. Got questions about the event? Call us at 866-411-9428 or email Hope to see you there!

Vizio Optic is located at 11 Harvard St., Brookline, MA, 02445 in the Brookline Village neighborhood, and is just around the corner from the MBTA D line.

Why We Love Oliver Goldsmith Sunglasses

As one of the only high end optical stores that carry Oliver Goldsmith in Boston, we are a huge fan of brand’s retro designer sunglasses that have become pretty iconic in the fashion world. Inspired by the beautiful people of Hollywood and the even more stunning sites in England, the sunwear collection features frames that have been and are sure to be popular for decades to come.

 Oliver Goldsmith Manhattan sunglasses

For example, the most popular Oliver Goldsmith vintage sunglasses are the Manhattan, a design worn by Audrey Hepburn as Holly GoLightly in the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’sCreated just a year before, Hepburn helped this style skyrocket to fame and it has stayed in the top picks of the world’s favorite fashionistas ever since. Above are the iconic frames in a more modern color – caramel split. They are also available in black, dark tortoiseshell, grape, and ink.

Oliver Goldsmith Berkwick sunglasses

Another pair of Oliver Goldsmith retro sunglasses we love is the Berwick, named in 1979 after the designer’s favorite pub in London. This frame became an icon when Princess Diana borrowed the Berwick from Prince Charles and wore it on the cover of Tatler Magazine in 1985. This cool plastic aviator style has a striped detail right in the center, and is available in black and white, crystal sapphire, electric tortoise, milky blues, white raspberry, and matte black.

Oliver Goldsmith Bude sunglasses

As if you needed another reason to love retro Oliver Goldsmith sunglasses, here’s one more – the Bude. Designed in 1959, Bude was inspired by the designer’s favorite area near the British seaside town of Cornwall. Its exaggerated curves mimic the ocean waves and have a sensual, feminine quality that is bold and exciting.

The Majorelle Gardens of Marrakesh Give Face a Face Bold Inspiration

Majorelle GardensPhoto: Flickr

With such creative designer eyewear in its line-up, we were always curious where Face a Face got its inspiration for the shades and shapes we see season after season. Now we know! The brand has released two new styles inspired by the beautiful colors of the splendid Majorelle Gardens in Marrakesh, Morocco. Face a Face Madam sunglasses and Jodie eyeglasses both feature a “unique color [that] has a very special touch, being both very intense and soft, thanks to a slight tone of purple that gives the blue a tender and velvety aspect.”

Face a Face Madam sunglasses

This pair of Face a Face sunglasses in Madam has a bold silhouette, with a plastic rim that thickens along the brow line and flares in the corners for a vintage feel. The designer aimed for absolute femininity with this style, adding slender, glossy black arms with a slight curve and a silver dot embellishment to round out the look.

Face a Face Jodie eyeglasses

Face a Face eyeglasses in Jodie have a cat-eye shape with “ribbon of seduction” in purple along the brow line. The bottom rims feature a black and clear striped pattern, while the remainder of the frame is colored in the stunning Majorelle Garden purple.

These styles are perfect for the woman who likes to stand out, embracing art and color in her daily life. For more information on how to purchase these Marrakesh-inspired frames, please email or call 866-411-9428.

‘Alma Gets Glasses’ Gives Children a Positive Experience

Alma Gets Lindberg Kids Glasses

Alma Gets Glasses is a wonderful children’s book that a Danish teacher, Tina Torp Aaby, wrote when she discovered her own 3-year-old daughter needed glasses, an experience that many parents can relate to, especially with the increase of technology usage in the younger generations.

As the author explains in an interview, “The book describes everything that is fun and positive about having to wear glasses, and we follow Alma’s first visit to the ophthalmologist and the optician in order to help open children’s eyes to what actually happens.”

Alma, now four years old, chose her very own LINDBERG glasses. Just like anyone searching for the perfect frame, it took a while to find the ones she liked because, as Torp Aaby says, they are “very particular.”

“For us, it’s so important that people notice and appreciate Alma’s face – not just her glasses. It’s also important that her specs can take a battering, and not hold her back when she’s playing. And they also have to look cool, of course!”

Parents who have to help their children through getting glasses for the first time may want to pick up this book from LINDBERG, as it will make the experience more positive for little ones. Alma Gets Glasses makes getting glasses seem less overpowering for your child, and the story about Alma gets kids actively involved in the whole process of getting fitted for glasses.

Please call us at 866-411-9428 for more information on how to purchases Alma Gets Glasses by Tina Torp Aaby.

The French Brand Seen Around The World

You know how much we love Face a Face eyewear at Vizio Optic, thanks to its huge range of beautiful frames suitable for everyone’s tastes, but did you know that the brand is quite an international hit? Check out some coverage of the French designer from around the world, and then explore our vast selection to see why people from all over the globe are raving over Face a Face.

Face a Face eyeglasses

ENGLAND British journalist Clodagh Norton’s optical trends blog Eyestylist recently covered the Parisian designer’s Jodie frame (to purchase, please call 866-411-9428), a transparent cat-eye with a pastel pink and white top rim that adds a feminine elegance to the arched look.

Face a Face Tartan collection eyeglasses

AUSTRIA In the women’s magazine Wienerin, the Face a Face Tartan collection is a featured trend this season. The small range features six of the brand’s best selling styles in all their plaid-patterned glory. The red and black Scottish-style design will go great with any of your holiday outfits, too!

Face a Face Calas eyeglasses

BELGIUM Over in “Europe’s Capital,” Face a Face Calas eyeglasses are beautifully displayed on a model in Obos magazine. Also available in tortoise at, this style is oversized, with a thick plastic frame that contrasts well with those who have petite faces. Strong arms give this style a weighted look, great for ones who want to make a bold fashion statement.

Now that you see a few styles that are loved across the world, why not check out our selection of Face a Face eyeglasses for yourself? Let us know which ones are your favorite in the comments below!

Photos provided by Face a Face.

NEW ARRIVALS: Lafont Eyeglasses & Sunglasses

Hopefully, by now you’ve done most of your holiday shopping, but have you treated yourself just yet? Just in time for you to indulge in a special wintertime treat, we have added more than 100 new styles of Lafont eyeglasses and sunglasses. From bold and funky designs to simple and classic, the Parisian brand has plenty for you to explore and to add to your collection of awesome accessories. Here are our favorites:

Lafont Gaufrette eyeglasses

With a narrow, teardrop-shaped silhouette, Lafont Gaufrette eyeglasses are like nothing you’ve seen before, with a purple top rim and arms featuring a beautiful laser-cut design, accented by a patterned red bottom. This frame lets you show off your appreciation for a creative work of art.

 Lafont Idylle eyeglasses

Lafont Idylle glasses stray away from the laser-cut patterns in favor of a shimmering light blue design that accents the navy-colored frame. Oval lenses are set within a uniquely cut frame, with voluptuous arms that add a bit of contrast to the structured front corners.

Lafont Imperiale eyeglasses

Further emphasizing the brand’s creativity are Lafont Imperiale eyeglasses, a style that may have a classic front silhouette, but is made all its own with a beautiful red, intricately weaved design dotted with silver accents throughout. A black and red polka dot pattern colors the inner arms for an added bit of eccentricity.

Lafont Grant eyeglasses

For the minimalist glasses lover in you, there’s Lafont Grant eyeglasses, proving not all frames have to be bold and bright. This particular style is classic with its round lenses and thin frame, made perfectly Lafont with its pretty blue color. Two silver dots accent each corner for a little touch of elegance.

Lafont Hellebore sunglasses

Last, but certainly not least, are Lafont Hellebore sunglasses – the coolest sunglasses you’ll see all day. Oversized and retro-fied, Hellebore boasts a funky red and white polka dot pattern throughout its curvy frame, matched with gray gradient lenses that keep this funky frame from being too overwhelming.

What Are High Index Lenses?

LINDBERG glasses

When buying designer eyeglasses online, you’ve likely noticed that you have plenty of choices when it comes to your lens options. It may all be confusing at first, but that’s what we’re here for! While regular lenses work well for just about anyone, you may prefer something a little lighter, both in weight in appearance. For this, you will need high index lenses!

This type of lens is very thin, focusing light with greater efficiency and feeling as light as a feather. The best high index lenses will offer you precise vision, as they are not made with the typical plastic that older manufacturers use, the newer material boasts a higher refractive index (the angle at which light is bent) that eliminates the need for thick, chunky lenses. Thin lenses mean a more comfortable fit and an increased opportunity to wear the glasses of your choice, since some thicker lenses reduce the amount of compatible frames.

Ultra thin high index lenses also help reflect light away from the eyes – about 50 percent, compared to 8 percent in regular lenses. This is especially significant for those who drive at night, making it safer by reducing glare from oncoming traffic and other light sources.

Where’s the best place to purchase high index lenses? Vizio Optic, of course! They are available in bifocal, trifocal, and other prescription types to suit your needs. We offer free consultations in our offices and by email or phone to help you decide if these lenses are right for you (call us at 866-411-9428 or email Although high index lenses are more costly than your run-of-the-mill types, they are worth the added cost through their absolute comfort and by providing access to a new range of designer glasses styles you will love.

Give Your Kids the Gift of Sight and Style This Season

If your children already have all of the toys in the world, the last thing you want to do is add to the clutter this season and pile on some more during the holidays. Make the season bright by giving them the gift of sight – we’ve just added more than 100 styles of Lafont eyeglasses to, including many kids glasses that they will be excite to wear, thanks to their bold colors and fun designs.

Since your child is likely new to wearing glasses, Lafont makes a great first pair. Light enough to avoid distraction and with flexibility that makes for a durable frame, these kids glasses are the perfect choice.

Lafont Guignol kids glasses

Lafont Guignol glasses pour les bébés (for your baby) are great for little ones that need corrective lenses. The flexible arms are curved to stay on their head and come in a fun pink color accented with a pretty floral pattern along the side. The oval silhouette will look adorable on your young one.

 Lafont Isabella kids eyeglasses

She’ll love Lafont Isabella eyeglasses pour les enfants (for children), with its bright colors and pretty, graphic floral pattern along the funky rim. A purple and blue polka dot pattern around the lenses is dotted with green flowers all around, with pink hinges that lead the way to flexible red arms.

Lafont Gribouille kids eyeglasses

Quite a unique style, Lafont Gribouille kids glasses have rectangular rims offset by a light blue bridge and hinges. Arms are yellow and decorated with a cool outer space-themed pattern that he’ll love.

Whether you want to help your little ones express their personality or simply contribute to their budding eye health in the most fashionable way, Lafont kids glasses are a great choice for your children. With bright colors, fun patterns, and the same high-quality strength and durability you expect from this award-winning brand, Lafont keeps your kids healthy and stylish all season long.