You know the brand name, you know the styles, and you know the celebrities who wear them. Now experience the latest collection for yourself!
Spectacle will be holding an exclusive Ray-Ban Trunk Show this weekend only over Saturday, July 16th and Sunday, July 17th. The event will take place in our Distillery District location, and we will be offering special gifts with purchase as well as serving refreshments.
The entire Fall / Winter 2016 collection will be showcased for the first time offering you, our clients, an early opportunity to purchase before it is released publicly.
In conjunction with their Fall / Winter 2016 releases, Ray-Ban has also launched a new campaign called #ItTakesCourage which celebrates the basis of the brand’s DNA: the courage to be yourself. The campaign features videos and imagery showcasing people being courageous because of their bravery to be imperfect – centering itself around fighting off stereotypes and being yourself.
You can check out some of the social experiment’s highlights by clicking on the image above.
For more information on the campaign, hi-res product shots, or more details on the F/W 2016 collection, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spectacle is very excited to announce the launch of our exclusive collaboration with California-based eyewear designer GLCO.
The eyewear industry is a business of relationships, like all industries we suppose. We value our relationships with our clients, our staff members, our suppliers more than anything else. We’re nothing without our partners. So we collaborated with one of them, Garrett Leight California Optical – friends who we have supported from Day One – because it’s not only who you’ve shared a past with, but who you want to make a future with.
We’ve created limited edition frames inspired by the art and architecture of the cities we love, Los Angeles and Toronto: Kinney in G.I. Tortoise Laminate and Matte Grey Brooks, both redesigned and engineered for exclusive flat base silver gradient mirror lenses. Each frame comes with a custom case and cleaning cloth featuring the work of one our favourites: the stainless steel skin of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, a surface that undulates like ocean waves, a shining gray machined texture reflecting the natural blue sky. What better way to imagine Los Angeles + Toronto than the masterwork of Toronto-born, LA-made Frank Gehry? A favourite son of both cities – one where he came from, the other where he now calls home. Inseparable from each other.
So to celebrate our Los Angeles + Toronto collaboration we created a mixtape of tunes that inspire us – because the party doesn’t have to end!
The man himself, Garrett Leight, also stopped by the Queen St. location for a quick Q+A with Spectacle – read the exclusive interview below:
Spectacle: Why did you choose to do a collaboration with Spectacle?
Garrett Leight: This year we celebrated our five year anniversary, and it’s as good a time as any to look around and figure our who you are and what you’re about. Where you are and how you got there. Who inspired you. Who helped along the way. So we wanted to collaborate with Spectacle – one of our first accounts, friends who have supported us from Day One.
Spectacle: What about the LA / California connection and your eyewear – what do you find so inspiring about your city that reflects in your designs?
Garrett Leight: All of us are inspired by where we come from. I just happen to be from Venice Beach, one of the weirder, cooler, more interesting places in America. So much personality and creativity comes from there – art, architecture, fashion, music, sports, you name it. Venice has left its stamp on all of it, and to this day our eyewear collection is continually inspired by the crazy array of people, places, and cultures here.
Spectacle: So far where have been your favourite sights in Toronto?
Garrett Leight: Rogers Centre for a ballgame was great, and of course the CN Tower for the View and Drake shoutout!
Spectacle: Where do you see GLCO heading for the future in terms of designs, collaborations, etc.?
Garrett Leight: That’s kind of a secret that I can’t fully divulge. I definitely have my tricks up my sleeve and am excited to continue working with all different kinds of people ad hopefully creating things that have not been seen in a long time – or ever.
A special thanks to Garrett for visiting us in Toronto. Be sure to pick up your own GLCO + Spectacle collaboration Kinney or Brooks today!
Prepare for a British invasion at Spectacle! This Saturday, June 18th, we are hosting an exclusive Oliver Goldsmith + Claire Goldsmith Trunk Show.
Now in its 90th year, Oliver Goldsmith has always been a family-run business. Famous for its iconic fan base – from Michael Caine and Peter Sellers to Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly – Oliver Goldsmith has been a long-standing staple in the eyewear design world. Enter a new generation: Claire Goldsmith is the great-granddaughter of Oliver Goldsmith who, inspired by her family’s legacy, decided to launch a new era of Goldsmith designs under the title CG Eyewear in 2010, quickly becoming a well-known eyewear label on its own terms.
Now, these two British family lines are coming together for a one-day only event at Spectacle so shoppers can experience the timeless, classic, and historic collections of eyewear for themselves.
Refreshments including treats from across the pond will also be served for the occasion!
A throwback video to when Claire stopped by the Queen St. West location for a special event
We are excited to announce that tomorrow, Saturday, June 11th, we will be hosting a special Maui Jim Trunk Show at our Yonge St. location! Maui Jim got its start in 1980 as a small company selling sunglasses on the beach in Lahaina, Hawaii. Since then, the brand has become the go-to collection for sun and water-sports fans across the globe due to the line’s advanced frame and lens technologies.
Maui Jim sunglasses are best known for their custom PolarizedPlus2 lenses which offer superior polarization in either SuperThin Glass – a lens option 20% thinner and lighter than standard glass, Mauibrilliant – the brand’s most advanced lens material featuring optics nearly as clear as glass, Mauipure – their most popular lens material combining optics almost as crisp as SuperThin with ultra lightweight scratch and shatter resistance, or Maui Evolution– Maui Jim’s most light-weight scratch and shatter resistant selection.
Join us June 11th to view the entire collection and pick up your own Maui Jim shades for the summer ahead!
Recently, Spectacle partnered with Toronto graffiti artist Elicser to create custom in-store street art inspired by Spectacle’s aesthetic and eyewear. Based on that to run with, Elicser was able to produce 3 unique graffiti images which are true to his nature yet encompass Spectacle in a way which we have never showcased before. Since Spectacle is a Toronto-based company and brand, it was important for us to feature a local artist from Toronto as well.
Elicser’s stylized portraits are a staple of Toronto’s downtown graffiti scene. His work has been described as “dark, mysterious, brooding, and beautiful”, and it is difficult to image the city’s graffiti scene without Elicser’s “bold and affective portraits”. Elicser was also named one of Toronto’s top 10 graffiti artists by BlogTO, and has established himself as a noteworthy name in the graffiti art world.
According to Elicser, he was inspired by Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. Thisshows through Elicser’s artwork in his use of textures and colour choices. Elicser’s pieces for Spectacle will only be on display for a limited time, so stop by the Queen St. West location soon to check it out! His work can also be found throughout the city, mainly in the area surrounding Graffiti Alley in Toronto’s Fashion District.