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Yesterday, Detroit-based national mortgage company Quicken Loans announced their millionth closed loan with a letter on their homepage (written in Comic Sans, no less) from founder and Chairman Dan Gilbert, a full-page ad in USA TODAY and a truly entertaining “mini-movie” about the guy who is put “in charge” of watching for the “millionth loan.”
Urban Optiques provided the sunglasses that appear on the two “men in black” in the elevator, the guys charged with making sure the millionth loan arrives safely to its destination.
Yes, people really do win those giveaway contests.
Just ask Jamie Henderson of Detroit, who scored herself a pair of super-lux Special Edition Badgley Mischka “Boyd” suns with 18K white gold lenses from Urban Optiques as part of September’s 944 Detroit Swag giveway.
Check out some pics we snapped of Jamie in her new shades. Love ‘em on you Jamie! Congrats!
In celebration of the Fall fashion season, 944 Detroit and Urban Optiques are giving away another fab pair of couture sunglasses: This time a pair of Special Edition Badgley Mischka Boyd acetate aviators with 18K white gold couture lenses valued at $780 dollars.
A unisex sunglass, the Boyd has been spotted on everyone from Brad Pitt to singer Kelly Rowland to models Heidi Klum and Alessandra Ambrosio. While the Boyd is celeb favorite, no one has yet been seen in the Special Edition version of the Boyd we are giving away this month. So if you win the Boyd, you’ll be setting the trend here.
Entering for a chance to win these lux sunglasses from Badgley Mischka Eyewear, Urban Optiques and 944 Detroit is easy: Just click over to the 944 Detroit Swag page and fill out the short registration form (it’s only a couple of fields.) Not only will you be entered in the sunglass giveaway, but you’ll also have a chance at winning a print by emerging local artist Mark Sarmel.
Regardless of what you think (or if you even care) about Lindsay Lohan’s personal-problems, run-ins with the law, probation violations and occasional crimes of fashion, Lilo has always had great taste in eyewear and sunglasses.
She’s been a die-hard fan of the Sama and Badgley Mischka lines for years — frequently shopping for eyewear at Sama’s West Hollywood and Beverly Hills boutiques. Loree Rodkin and Sama’s Sheila Vance even created a giant, oversized sunglass – “The Lindsay” — specifically for Lohan.
So we were kind of tickled when Lohan was spotted over the weekend shopping for eyeglasses and sunglasses at the West Hollywood Destination: Sama boutique. According to Just Jared, Lindsay had just reported to the courthouse for her probation check-in and then headed over to Destination: Sama to shop for sunnies.
Now, I’ve never had to report to a probation officer (and intend to keep it that way), but I can’t think of any better activity to do after meeting with local law enforcement than to go shopping for some new sunglasses. In fact, I can’t think of any better activity to do anytime than shop for eyewear. But then again, it’s my business.
You’ll remember in late June that a brand new Badgley Mischka sunglass model — the Steve — was spotted on NBA forward Danny Granger at Sama’s West Hollywood boutique. While the model hadn’t been publicly-released yet, we called up Sama and asked if we could get our hands on two of the Steves for ourselves.
We loved the big, bold frame — especially when coupled with the special edition 24K yellow gold and 18k white gold flash coated lenses from Sama. The first of the Badgley Mischka Steve sunglasses arrived this week at Urban Optiques and all we can say is “wow.”
There is no way that you can put on the Steve and not get noticed. It’s a very sexy sunglass, made all the sexier by the brilliant genuine 24K gold flash coating on the lenses. We see this working its magic best paired with a fantastic, custom-tailored suit — but Danny Granger shows that you can also pull it off with workout gear (not recommending this, just saying …)
The Badgley Mischka Steve is so new, in fact, that there’s a good chance that whoever buys the first pair will be one of only a handful of lucky men to be first seen in this very cool sunglass. Will it be you?
Check out the pictures below that we snapped of the Badgley Mischka Steve in the boutique this week.
We were just perusing the July 19th Edition of Women’s Wear Daily (WWD) and were delighted to find that an interview we gave to fashion reporter Lauren Benet Stephenson at WWD a few weeks ago helped shape a full-page piece on 24-karat gold lensed eyewear in this week’s July WWD Accessories Issue.
While we’re a pretty modest group around Urban Optiques (aside from all of our flashy sunglasses), this is one of those times when it feels okay to brag a bit. After all, it’s not every day that a small, independent eyewear boutique like Urban Optiques receives this kind of exposure in the fashion industry’s premier global daily. We were also excited to see sunglasses from both Sama and Badgley Mischka featured not only in the article, but on the cover. We love it when we can help our best partners get more exposure.
If the New York Times is where you go for world events, and the Wall Street Journal for financial news, WWD is the first place every fashion designer, retailer and industry mover-and-shaker goes to see what’s hot in the industry. So serving as the primary, trusted retail source for this article (we’re actually the only consumer facing source in the article — everyone else quoted represents the brands and eyewear manufacturers) is kind of a big deal for us.
We’re also particularly proud of the job that our Practice Manager, Lindsey Champine, did working with the writer on this story. Lindsey’s quotes are golden (no pun intended), especially her response to the reporter’s question about why she believed ultra-lux eyewear products like 24-karat gold lenses continue to sell so well, even in a struggling economy.
Well, Sama is simply producing some of the most amazing, contemporary couture eyewear on the planet. Forget about Chanel, D&G, Dior, Burberry and Coach. Anyone can buy that at Sunglass Shack or Lenscrafters. If you want something truly unique, you’ll want Sama.
If you don’t believe us, check out this great video filmed at the Angiolucci Lunettes Boutique in Catania, Italy. Not only does it feature some of Sama’s hottest sunglasses, but it also includes some great clips from Sama founder and lead designer Sheila Vance.
It speaks for itself.
Enjoy and Grazie! to Angiolucci for sharing this with us all:
Urban Optiques is thrilled to provide a pair of exquisite Badgley Mischka “Lola” Sunglasses with custom-made Sama couture lenses in 24K gold to the Keith Hamm Foundation’s live auction tomorrow night during its yearly charity benefit. A free eye exam from Urban Optiques is also included in the package.
The entire Badgley Mischka sunglasses and eye exam package has a retail value of $750.00, although auction participants have a shot at getting it for substantially less. The reserve is still being set, but bidding will likely begin at between $100 and $150.
The Keith Hamm Foundation was founded by Urban Optiques client Mark Miller, in honor of his partner of 15 years, Keith Hamm, who lost his fight with lymphoma in July 2006.
Ticket’s for the annual charity dinner event at the Rock Financial Showplace are still available. For details, visit The Keith Hamm Foundation website. If you can’t attend the event, you can also consider donating online here.
We snapped a few pictures of the sunglasses (yes, the zebra striped box comes with it) so you can check them out:
Halle Berry was the first to be spotted in the frames and lenses (Halle is wearing the “Sands” version and was also recently seen in a pair of Sama Meret), so we think the new Perrys will be this summer’s “IT” sunlasses.
The new triple gradient lenses offer enough “flash” to truly set these sunglasses apart, but are a bit more subtle than the 24K or 18K gold lenses on the Special Edition Gold Perry suns that have been seen on Angelina Jolie and Rihanna.
Here’s an exclusive peek at the new Perry sunglasses:
Part III of the Badgley Mischka runway collection at the 11th Amsterdam International Fashion Week.