Okay, okay, we’ve highlighted this one before, but we can’t help but share when one of our favorite frames is available in a new color! It’s like when you find the perfect pair of jeans, you have to have them in multiple washes to go with your every outfit – we need MYKITA Franz sunglasses in every color! Our love affair began when we first saw Sarah Jessica Parker wear her gold Franz shades in the Sex and the City 2 movie and continued as they kept releasing them in black, silver, and more recently a bold cobalt blue. Today, we bring you a new color combo:

Mykita Franz sunglasses in blue velvet with green flash lenses

Alex is wearing Franz in Blue Velvet with Green Flash lenses. This style is flattering for both men and women, with mirror lenses that are right on trend this summer. We love the navy blue titanium frame, which features the brand’s screw-less hinge – this increases the frame’s flexibility and strength and also allows for simple repairs. The hinge is made of interlocking pieces, so arms snap right back on if they happen to fall off in an accident.

MYKITA Franz sunglasses

Franz is part of a collaboration between MYKITA and Bernard Willhelm, a German fashion designer, that started as limited edition, but has risen to such great popularity that the brand keeps rolling out new colors. We won’t complain! This frame is also available in a bright orange with metallic orange lenses to match. Interested? This specific color is not yet on our website, but you can email us at sales@viziooptic.com for more info on how to purchase this frame.

What do you think of the new color? Would you wear it?

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Beauty, makeup and skincare event in boston for girls who wear glassesPhoto: Flickr

Attention beauty lovers! Clear your schedules for the evening of July 24, when we’ll be hosting a special event to learn new makeup and skincare tricks, with professional tips and advice from licensed aesthetician and makeup artist Barbara Campbell.

We’re already in the middle of wedding season and we’re sure you have plenty of fun summer events coming up on the calendar, so Barbara will be demonstrating various techniques to help you look your best no matter what the occasion. Have you seen something interesting in a magazine lately? Has your favorite celeb been nailing her red carpet makeup looks? Need recommendations for the perfect eye-brightening products? Bring photos, ask as many questions as you want, let our special guest work her magic, and learn something new and fresh to add to your beauty routine.

Barbara will also go over how to show off your eyes in the best way while wearing your glasses, so bring your frames and let her offer advice specifically tailored to your prescription. She will also show you great ways to transition makeup between eyeglasses and contacts.

This event is totally free and open to you and your friends whether you wear glasses or not – the more the merrier! We ask that every attendee RSVP here. There will be wine, cheese and fruit to snack on throughout the night, so grab your girlfriends and head over to Vizio Optic on Wednesday, July 24 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM!

 

 

Vizio Optic #1 Optical Shop in Brookline - Reader's Choice by Wicked Local news

We are so excited to announce that Vizio Optic has won the Wicked Local Reader’s Choice Award for #1 Optical Shop in Brookline!

This is our second year in a row earning this title from Wicked Local! It’s all thanks to you, our readers, customers, and friends who keep coming back to us time and again. Our team is proud to be recognized within the local community by the Reader’s Choice Awards and are grateful to those who share their wonderful experiences in their reviews to let others know about our shop. Your kind words make our service much more meaningful.

Vizio Optic would also like to congratulate Coolidge Corner Opticians and Lenscrafters in Brookline for their honorable mentions. We are thrilled to be in the company of other local businesses highly regarded for their excellence in the optical world.

Did you know in addition to our selection of unique designer eyewear, we also offer eye exams? Our optometrists – owner Dr. Galina Rabkin and Dr. Mary-Ann Zappala – provide thorough optical exams to diagnose and monitor your eye health. If you are in the area and would like to make an appointment, please call us at 617-734-7171.

In January and February, Wicked Local published ballots in their newspapers and online for readers to vote on their favorite local businesses in more than 75 categories. Readers from the Greater Boston area cast their votes, and results were calculated by an independent firm and provided to Wicked Local.

 

Many people like to say that your eyes are the windows to your soul, but we like to think that your eyeglasses offer the real clues to your personality. Whether you’re going for a professional look or a way to show off your bold and bright style, there is definitely something for you at Vizio Optic. There’s no time like the present to find the best way to express yourselves, so when Mr. and Mrs. Derek Schmidt came in looking for some designer glasses to do just that, we were excited to help them start fresh together with a whole new look.

Prodesign 6604 eyeglasses and Chanel 3233Q eyeglasses

Derek is wearing a pair of Prodesign eyeglasses in style 6604. This rectangular frame flatters his face shape and helps keep his look balanced, and the tortoise coloring of the frame is classic and forever in style. This particular model is made with multiple  materials, including acetate to create the glossy front rims, and stainless steel along the temples for strength. Its silicone nose pads let the frame sit comfortably as well.

Prodesign 6604 eyeglasses

Prodesign 6604 eyeglasses, accented with two silver squares in each corner, are also available in black, black-to-clear gradient, and light brown.

CHANEL 3233Q eyeglasses

Mrs. Schmidt chose a pair of CHANEL 3233Q eyeglasses, a vibrant frame that stands out beautifully on her. The oval acetate frame is colored in bold blue, with matching calfskin temples embellished with the signature CC logo in white. The 3233Q model comes in red, solid black, black with white temples, and tortoise with solid brown temples.

What do you think? Don’t they look great?

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Vue dc eyeglasses

Let’s take a moment to appreciate some art today, shall we? Introducing Eye DC eyeglasses, frames from a French brand that are innovative, creative, weird and wonderful. Their collections involve a lot of intricate metalwork and double-front frames that give you a truly unique appearance. Above is a photo we posted on Instagram showing three new styles available at Vizio Optic (are you following us?).

Beginning with innovation, take a look at the frame on the left side, style V845. This model has a thin bottom rim and a dramatically flared brow, and also features a triple-hinged temple unlike anything you’ve ever seen on a pair of designer glasses. The thoughtful design shows just how creative Eye DC can be.

At the bottom, the acetate frame (style E211) uses a classic rectangular silhouette and pumps up the color with a blast of red, which becomes bold and intense as soon as the light hits the transparent plastic. The little bit of flare along the brow’s edges give the E211 a slight retro feel.

Our personal favorite, the round frame at the top (style V789) is where the marvelous metalwork begins. Two laser-cut front rims are layered to create a fantastic illusion of depth. This is the perfect frame for those who appreciate a true work of art and don’t mind being the center of attention.

Eye DC eyewear is currently only available in our Brookline store and will be online in the future. You may, however, purchase these frames via phone by calling 866-411-9428.

Note: To avoid any confusion, Eye DC glasses are unrelated to their fellow French brand Vue dc.

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Prodesign biodegradable eyeglasses

These days, most companies are trying to find a way to go green in some aspect. Whether it’s going paperless, cleaning up manufacturing processes or other methods, we commend businesses on making their environmental impact a priority – and now, the concerns are moving into the eyewear industry. Last year, we showed you some great Studio FB eyeglasses that were made of 20 perecent wood fibers. This year, we are happy to bring you biodegradable eyeglasses from ProDesign Eyewear made of 80 percent cotton.

The Danish brand has turned their focus to sustainable development, creating new designer eyeglasses with biodegradable acetate material, their production requiring a gentle process. Comparing some frames to the beautiful and heavy wood of a cigar box, ProDesign explains its inspiration is drawn from “the desire to create a high fashion, stylish and intelligent look, designed for the urban, environmentally conscious female and male. [The natural look is] a trend that contains artsy, heavy retro shapes with depth and weight, but in a highly clean and classic way.”

Frames are available in light and dark earthy shades to create a “dynamic forest look.”

Prodesign biodegradable eyeglasses

Prodesign biodegradable glasses

Want to know more about ProDesign’s biodegradable eyewear collection? Feel free to leave us a comment below or email our team at customerservice@viziooptic.com. We’re happy to answer your questions about this cool new line and hope you can spread the word! Sustainable development is important, and we want everyone to know what a wonderful idea ProDesign has come up with this year!

 

Oliver Goldsmith was a true artist and a magnificent observer, taking in all that he saw and letting it fuel his work. His designer sunglasses were inspired by the most beautiful things around him – especially beautiful faces and places. As for faces, we’ve all seen his frames adorned by and for Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren and more, but he also created frames that were odes to his home of London.

Oliver Goldsmith Berwick sunglasses

Above, one of our customers wears Oliver Goldsmith Berwick sunglasses, which was designed in 1979 and named after a street in the capital city where his favorite pub, the Berwick arms, was located. Back in the ’80s when the brand was an official outfitter for the Royal Family, this particular pair was given to Prince Charles. His then wife, Princess Diana, decided to enjoy them herself and was famously seen wearing them  on the cover of Tatler magazine in 1985, creating a surge in its popularity.

Oliver Goldsmith Berwick sunglasses in electric tortoise

The color our friend is wearing is Electric Tortoise, which features a tortoise frame complemented by blue details throughout, most prominently on the stripes that detail the bridge and brow. Berwick is also available in black and white, crystal sapphire, black quartz, white quartz, and black raspberry. We love the distinctively retro design with its plastic aviator silhouette and keyhole bridge. The blue is complementary and looks fantastic when hit by the sun.

Oliver Goldsmith sunglasses have been worn by many icons over the years and each have an intriguing story behind their creation. Head over to VizioOptic.com to explore our selection of ICONS shades and pick up a pair of your own!

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Staying on top of trends is a favorite hobby of ours, but sometimes it’s nice to get back to basics. A true classic never goes out of style and the one hit we see year after year is a pair of iconic Ray Ban sunglasses. The iconic Wayfarer has been one of the American brand’s defining looks for decades, reinventing the frame year after year with different colors, patterns and various takes on the original silhouette. “Effortlessly cool” are probably the two most-often used words to describe this week’s frame, chosen by our friend Massaoud.

Ray Ban New Wayfarer 2132 sunglasses

Above, Massaoud wears a pair of Ray Ban New Wayfarer 2132 sunglasses in color 902, tortoise, which fit perfectly with his personality and sense of style. Tortoise is a classic pattern that is flattering on pretty much everyone. The New Wayfarer is a modified version of the original silhouette, with a shorter lens to fit smaller faces. The rectangular lens edges are slightly more curved for a softer look as well.

Ray Ban New Wayfarer 2132 sunglasses

As with most of Ray Ban’s Icons collection, this frame is available in multiple colors. In addition to tortoise, the New Wayfarer comes in black, light blue rubber, black rubber, and brown gradient. There are also several sizes to choose from so you can enjoy a pair of designer sunglasses no matter how small or large your proportions are.

To explore our collection of Ray Ban Wayfarer sunglasses both new and old, visit VizioOptic.com. Let us know which color is your favorite!

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Sunglasses haven’t gotten larger just for the glamour effect, there’s a good reason your frames are getting taller and wider, and it’s because our brands want to protect you from the sun as much as possible! Active folks who spend time outdoors, no matter which season, are more susceptible to ultraviolet radiation if they are participating in water or snow sports or even making their way up a mountain, and having the right pair of designer sunglasses is an important part of staying safe.

the wrong way to wear your sunglassesPhoto: Flickr

This is the wrong way to wear your shades this summer. They are far too small to provide enough protection for your eyes! UVA and UVB rays can still get to them on all sides because there’s no peripheral protection, and if you’re spending the day on the water you can seriously harm your eyes without enough to shield yourself from the sun. Here’s why.

Water reflects nearly 90 percent of UVB rays directly towards your eyes, which can excel the growth of cataracts and other eye conditions and put you at risk for ultraviolet keratitis (a sunburn of the eye that can be painful and lead to temporary blindness). Hikers need better protection around their eyes as well because UV radiation increases 4 percent for every 1,000 feet of elevation – and being around fresh snow on a mountain also carries the same percentage of reflected light as water.

Oakley sunglassesPhoto: Oakley

So which frames are best for activities in the sun? Many athletes prefer Oakley sunglasses because they’re made with these type of activities in mind. They provide a close fit and many have side shields or wraparound-style frames to help keep out UV light. You also want to find a pair with polarized lenses that bock 100 percent of ultraviolet radiation. Here are a few styles that will help keep your eyes in tip-top shape throughout the year:

 Oakley Offshoot polarized sunglasses
Oakley Offshoot sunglasses have a single polarized-lens shield protecting your eyes, with wide temples that help keep the sun out fo your eyes.

Oakley Pit Boss polarized sunglasses

Contrary to popular belief, darker lenses don’t always mean they’re more protective. These Oakley Pit Boss sunglasses feature polarized lenses in a tungsten shade, which has the same level of polarization as the brand’s black lenses. Different colors simply serve different purposes, like providing better visual acuity in lower-light conditions or improved color contrast. The above color does the latter.

 Oakley Tightrope polarized sunglasses

Oakley Tightrope sunglasses may resemble the size of the frame in our example of the wrong way to wear your sunglasses, but the brand’s three-point fit ensures that these are snug and secure around your eyes for the utmost protection. The ice iridium lenses reduce glare and are best for truer color perception in extremely bright light.

 

LINDBERG 2147 eyeglasses

Happy Monday! We know it’s not your favorite day of the week, so let’s start it off with a little something that make us feel warm and fuzzy. Today, it’s an insightful Eyewear Magazine interview with Henrik Lindberg of LINDBERG eyewear, owner of the Danish brand that has been successfully creating some of the most innovative glasses in the world for nearly three decades. The company is his life and his family, and it’s wonderful to see the success of a brand that’s doing everything themselves – from design and production to marketing and distribution.

Available in more than 100 countries, LINDBERG eyeglasses are known for their light weight, flexibility, customization options, and the fact that they have never used a single screw in the production of their frames. The brand’s characteristic design element of functionality has earned itself the title of “the Apple of the eyewear industry” by a competitor.

“I’d say I spend 24 hours every day with design,” Mr. Lindberg told the magazine. “To me, design is not only about creating a certain style of eyewear. Design is also about how you run a company. Everything has to work together somehow … everything is design in a way.”

The owner is proud to provide a great work-life balance for his company, only allowing overtime on business trips, as well as a collaborative atmosphere where everyone feels equally as important. This positive work environment (one that we also enjoy at Vizio Optic!) lends itself to smooth operations, in which frames are often constructed and customized within a week’s time. When asked of his company’s achievements in its 28-year existence, Mr. Lindberg referenced important milestones such as creating the “first-ever titanium glasses” (the Air Titanium collection) and its constant cultivation of close relationships with customers and opticians. But what really separates LINDBERG from the pack is its unique collections and ability to offer just about anything its customers want.

“We can claim that we are constantly implementing our very own design ideas and techniques. That is very important to us. We are also able to still supply spare parts for glasses that have not been a part of our range for years now.”

Customization options are a huge draw for the company, as each pair can be fitted to the wearer’s unique measurements for the bridge and arms, the preference for lens shape (and size, for rimless glasses), and the frame’s color combinations or patterns. With LINDBERG glasses, the finished product is often the creation of the customer, and the exclusive and unique pair of glasses is a prized possession. We know how excited our friends at Vizio Optic get when their perfectly personalized frames arrive, something no one else on the planet can say they own.