A New York Frame of Mind

Start spreading the news… on September 6, The Eye Site is proud to party with MOSCOT Originals, a true New York City institution.

From a pushcart on Manhattan’s Lower East Side to creating Buddy Holly’s eye-conic clunkers to framing Johnny Depp, Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart, and Anderson Cooper, MOSCOT Originals keeps retro rolling with geek chic styles inspired by its own eyewear designs from the 1930s through 1970s. Using traditional hardware in the frame’s construction, each MOSCOT piece is handcrafted for that robust trademark of authenticity. The MOSCOT Sun range is bold and eclectic, evoking the playfulness of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s from oversized drama to sleek modernity, but maintaining real glass lenses as it always has.

Lemtosh, one of the MOSCOT Originals classics.

Our MOSCOT Originals party at The Pigeonhole on Duxton Road will feature old school, homemade New York bagels (boiled!) with cream cheese and other shmears, other bites of the Big Apple, and a free flow of craft beers, wines, damned good coffee (duh), and sodas. We’ll be showcasing new and classic collections of MOSCOT frames and sunglasses, which will also be available for sale – all MOSCOT buyers will get a $50 voucher off lenses at The Eye Site. We’ll also be giving away frames of guests’ choices through lucky draws.

Wanna come? RSVP to Desiree Koh at desireekoh@thelensmen.com or right here. See you there!

MOSCOT Originals lookin’ good at The Eye Site.

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Beyond the Label: Forget Garish Logos, It’s All About the Frame

What happens when Los Angeles design meets the world’s highest quality materials such as titanium, 18-carat gold, white goold, and the finest Japanese zyl acetates?

Dita.

Passionate about art and driven by vintage styles from the 1950s to 1980s, life-long friends Jeff Solorio and John Jupiter poured their love for design into Dita when they launched the celebrated collection in 1996. Handcrafted in Japan, Dita is an alternative to label-branded eyewear, distinguished by quality, look and fit, so that the frame concentrates on complementing your features and overall style, and not a huge logo overshadowing your face.

Today, Jeff and John are one of the world’s most celebrated eyewear designers, and Dita is the it frame for celebrities and trendsetters from David Beckham and Penelope Cruz to Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lopez. See our collection here, and if you can spot who else sports Dita!

Bienvenue Francis Klein

Colours across the spectrum, sparkly Swarovski gems, pretty decorative gems and gorgeous French design were all on display at our boutique on April 26 as we held our very first trunk show ever! And we could think of no one better to co-host it with than Francis Klein, one of our very favorite exclusive collections that we have been showcasing for almost 10 years.

Fabrics and feathers – no two Francis Kleins are 100 percent identical when they are all crafted by hand.

In 1970, optician Francis Klein opened his shop and was quickly disappointed by the lack of good-looking original products that he could sell. He decided to design his own eyewear collection and today, his award-winning collections have been on the most stylish Parisian runways, and are nothing like you’ve ever seen before. Inspired by classic vintage styles yet modern in innovation, Francis created his own special acetate so that feathers and fabrics can be embedded within the plastic frame for an unusual motif. Each frame is made-to-order and 100 percent handcrafted by artisans in France, a proud tradition that complements evergreen designs with the highest quality. Although each frame already has its own personality and attitude to complement your individual style and finesse, you can customise each frame by selecting colours, shapes or decorations within the Francis Klein collection for a one-of-a-kind showpiece.

A family business like us, Mrs. Klein is an interior designer who dresses up their beautiful boutique in the St. Germain neighbourhood, famous for Simone de Beauvoir, Jean-Paul Sartre, literary gatherings and artistic discourse (how apt!); daughter Betty also designs and is an optician; and daughter Dixie handles the international export business.

Francis, Dixie, Betty and Michele Klein (clockwise from top left).

We were very honoured to have Dixie at our trunk show to introduce the summer collection to our Francis Klein fans. For the first time, everyone could try on as many of these vibrant and gorgeous frames as they liked, until they found one (or two, or three!) that they fell in love with, sometimes at first sight. They’ll each receive something very special – a personally signed picture of them wearing their chose frame, signed by Francis Klein himself.

With wine, cheese and other snacks, everyone had a wonderful time – here’s the evidence!