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When we saw this photo of a wild turkey all puffed up and preening on the streets of Brookline, MA, we couldn’t help but have some Thanksgiving Day fun with the photo.
Apparently, wild turkeys — once on the verge of extinction in Massachusetts — have started turning up on the streets around Boston. This picture, taken in 2007, ironically was snapped outside of the office of a Brookline, MA optician.
Loving the leopard Louboutin booties, Chanel handbag and fab oversized white sunglasses! No doubt she stopped traffic.
Happy Thanksgiving from the Urban Optiques Team!
We’re partial to small, exclusive independent boutique eyewear brands — especially those that show a high-level of commitment to producing not only exceptionally-designed eyeglasses and sunglasses, but also understand the value of quality over quantity.
So when we ran across RVS by V Eyewear, we were instantly enamored with not only the bold colors and distinctive retro-inspired shapes of the frames, but also the philosophy of RVS by V Eyewear and its owner Vidal Erkohen.
RVS Eyewear’s claim-to-fame is that they hand-make and assemble each frame from the ground up. Based in Istanbul Turkey, Vidal Erkohen and RVS Eyewear produce their eyeglasses and sunglasses from the highest-quality Mazzuchelli acetate. The acetate is left unpolished, producing a truly bold, unique matte finish that we simply haven’t seen on other frames of this quality in the marketplace.
When we contacted Vidal Erkohen to ask him about the possibility of stocking RVS Eyewear, he explained the company philosophy very succinctly:
“We believe it’s very important to produce eyewear for people who value quality over quantity. Each piece we manufacture is truly HANDMADE. This does not mean they were “hand-placed in a case.” Everything is truly made from hand: From our hand painted-red screws, brand prints inside the temples made one-by-one, and hand-sewn satin cases; all of our pieces are made with the goal to bring back the originality and quality that was put into eyewear of the past.”
RVS produces its eyewear like small batches of fine wine — their collection is relatively small compared to most eyewear lines, comprising 10 opthalmic frames and 11 sunglass models for a total of 21 frames. Each model is typically available in five to six different colors.
Each RVS eyeglass and sunglass is limited to 1,500 pieces, making it extra-exclusive and ensuring that you’ll be only one of 1,000 people in the world to own any given RVS by V Eyewear piece.
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.
This weekend, The Expendables debuts at movie theaters in Europe (it opens in the U.S. next weekend) and we’re already fielding questions at Urban Optiques about who makes Mickey Rourke’s retro-inspired eyeglasses in the movie.
Anyone who came of age in the ’80s will know that Mickey Rourke was one of the decade’s sexiest bad boy actors. Who can forget the steamy 9 1/2 Weeks that paired Rourke with Kim Basinger and had to be substantially edited to earn a mere “R-Rating” at the box office? He had that whole quiet, tough guy swagger down pat and it more or less made Rourke an icon among both men and women.
But right at his height, Rourke seemed to disappear. He took up boxing again. He got his face bashed in which resulted in a round of reconstructive surgery that Rourke admits didn’t go the way he had expected. For nearly a decade, there was hardly a word about Mickey Rourke.
And then in then 2005, Mickey Rourke staged an unlikely comeback thanks to his role in Sin City. The credits continued to accumulate, including an Oscar nomination for Best Actor for his role in the 2008 film The Wrestler and his role as the villain “Whiplash” in this Spring’s blockbuster Iron Man 2.
Actress Megan Fox is the perfect example in our minds of why people need to think of eyeglasses as an accessory, and not just a medical necessity.
Take the eyeglasses that Fox was spotted in last year: As soon as the photos of Megan in her fab eyeglasses hit the Internet, there was a flurry of searches around what frames she was wearing.
How do we know?
Well, we watch stuff like this. It’s part of how we track trends in not just eyewear, but also fashion and accessories. This helps us better predict what to carry in the store, as well as recommend to people what’s going to be stylish this season.
Based in Paris, Lafont is known for its distinctive eyewear designs, which range from artsy and funky, to chic and sophisticated. continue
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.
Our friends over at the Destination: Sama boutique in West Beverly Hills just sent us a picture they snapped of NBA basketball star Danny Granger in his new Badgley Mischka “Steve” aviator sunglasses.
Granger is pictured below wearing the “Steve” in gold with 24K gold lenses. We’re still waiting for confirmation from Sama on other color variations, but we do know it will also be available in Clove with special triple gradient-lenses.
If you are interested in pre-ordering the Badgley Mischka “Steve” please give us a call at 248-347-9090 or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll put you on the V.I.P priority list for this hot new model.
With this week’s box office debut of Sex and The City 2, we’ve received a deluge of e-mails asking who makes the gold aviator sunglasses that Sarah Jessica Parker wears in her reprise of the Carrie Bradshaw role in Sex and The City 2?
The good news is we’ve identified Carrie’s gold aviators from SATC 2: They are Mykita & Bernhard Willhelm’s “Franz” Limited-Edition Aviator Sheet-Metal Sunglasses ($525.)
The bad news is you’ll likely be waiting some time to get your hands on these sunglasses (maybe as long as the end of summer.) The Mykitas have been on back order at Patricia Fields since the gold sunglasses first showed up on Sarah Jessica Parker in advanced publicity shots last year. No word on when they’ll be available.
Although Urban Optiques doesn’t carry Mykita, the lens coating technology that is used on the Mykita “Franz” Limited-Edition Gold Aviator sunglasses in Sex and The City 2 was actually developed by Sama Eyewear out of Los Angeles and is currently available on a wide-range of Sama, Badgley Mischka and Loree Rodkin eyeCouture models at Urban Optiques.
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:
Halle Berry is the latest Hollywood actress to be spotted in the the hottest shades on the planet: Sama.
This frame is amazing and we’re not surprised Halle picked it out …
The Sama “Meret” is available in four colors: Desert, Kohl, Oasis and Sand.
If we don’t have the exact color you are looking for in-stock, we’re more than happy to special order it for you.
Give us a ring or send us an email to be one of the first to get your hands on this simply gorgeous sunglass.