For their latest Fall / Winter 2015 buy, Karir Eyewear brings the top curated selection of cutting edge eyewear from the world’s fashion capitals to three locations across Toronto. The boutique’s buyers are mainstays at international eyewear shows: Bob and daughter Namita Karir meet with independent and renowned designers, from industrial designer Ron Arad to Italian craftsman Riccardo Lamon of Sospiri, to discover the latest technologies and niche collections to introduce to the Toronto market.
Trends for Fall / Winter 2015
This season, top trends include frosty purple and blue frames, deluxe textures, and mirror lens coatings for fresh, crisp Fall / Winter looks. Frames featuring stainless steel, titanium, sterling silver and Swarovski stones elevate spectacles, while 3D printed frames and mirrored lenses add extra vigour.
- The return of softer, larger frames from Anne et Valentin and Lindberg add feminine touches to knockout frames.
- Pops of colour for the season feature purple and blue hued frames from Theo and Mykita, as well as mirrored lenses with smooth chromatic finishes.
- Kuboraum and Theo add acetates and textures for unique element to frames.
- Rounder frames are popular for men, with designs from Matsuda and Eyevan for a softer finish.
- A combination of materials, includes plastic, titanium and acetates add a dash of texture.
- Flat and photochromatic lenses from Eyevan and IC Berlin heighten tech aesthetics.
Karir Opens Toronto to Niche Collections
From eyewear design hubs in Japan and across Europe, Karir Eyewear brings exclusive and limited lines to Toronto, featuring over 50 designers and over 3,000 frames in its collection.
- Blake Kuwahara: A favourite of Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, and Charlize Theron, Blake Kuwahara bridges Japanese craft with Californian sensibilities in his collection of ‘frame within a frame’ designs.
- RetroSpecs: Exclusive to Karir Eyewear in Toronto, RetroSpecs restores vintage frames from the 1800’s to the late 1990’s.
- Sospiri: Sospiri is named after Venice’s Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs) and literally means “breathtaking,” with their superior use of Austrian crystals, light metals, Italian acetates and unique artistic embellishments.
- Eyevan: Originally founded in 1985, Eyevan has relaunched retaining the brand’s classic feel and design, all processing, planning, designing and manufacturing are still being done in Japan, the word leader of milling Titanium frames.
- Kuboraum: Designed in Berlin and handmade in Italy, Kuboraum offers high-art eyewear that double as “masks” for the wearer.
- Matsuda: Legendary Japanese frames, handcrafted in timeless shapes and fine materials including titanium, sterling silver and gold.
First Canadian Place, (416) 363 4669
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Old York Lane, 138 Cumberland Street, (416) 975 0536
About Karir Eyewear
Karir Eyewear is recognized for its design integrity, self-expression and signature inspired shopping experience. Traveling the globe to source the latest designers and collections, Karir prides itself on offering customers an extensive international product range suitable for all personalities. Karir Eyewear locations in Toronto include: Yorkville (138 Cumberland Street), Yorkdale and First Canadian Place. Each location is staffed with professional opticians and the Karir lab offers precision finishing using the most technologically advanced lens available. karireyewear.com/
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