VISIONS offers frames for men and women, including hand-made collections, from around the world. Represented in our international smorgasbord of exciting "gourmet" eyewear are collections from Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Austria, Canada, Australia, Japan and South Africa, as well as quirky collections of Dutch, Danish and NYC designs.
So get comfortable and join us for a World Tour of our "visionary" collections
(no passport required !) ~
USA: We'll start our journey right here in the USA. And it doesn't get much more "American" than the iconic brand MAUI JIM.That's right, Maui Jim has introduced optical frames with the same high standards as their popular sun-wear, at moderate price points and in classic styles/colors that are simultaneously timeless and yet very on-trend.
Then it's on to un-dreary "RainCity" eyewear, designed in hip Seattle, WA. And while we're talking "northwest" there's the mid-west designed "Northwest 77th" collection, which includes metal and plastic styles, many for more petite faces.
And last but not least, moving all the way to the East Coast, there are the designs by two All-American girls from Brooklyn ~ Coco & Breezy... Edgy with a capital E and designed in NYC" , the collection includes plastic styles with nosepads, especially well-suited to classic but often difficult to fit Asian/African American bone-structure.
NOW it's time to go abroad for our international (and mostly) hand-made collections ~~~~
CANADA: Spectacle Eyeworks and PussyGalore are our two Canadian collections. Spectacles are bold and edgy (and are made in Germany), and now include wood models; PussyGalore are, as the name implies, playful variations of the ever-flattering cat-eye shape.
UK: For a quick stop-over, we have a small collection of frames from Fysh UK... Then on to...
Picture yourself in colorful French "convertible"!... By that I mean one of our new customizable frames from ZENKA of France. Start with one of their deceivingly classic plastic or metal frames, and then completely change the look/personality with a colorful (or not) laser-cut or printed overlay or topper. -- The concept is amazing and the combinations are endless! Plus they have a polarized sun "clip" available.
>> And new to the ZENKA family are "Details" -- classic metals for men and women that don't have overlays, but rather the ability to change small "detail" trim elements. (Available in January 2019)
Our favorite must-see hand-made collection from France is BOZ, with dramatic metals and colorful plastics that will take your breath away! There are also interesting new styles for men and women from JF Rey and ladies' frames from Volte Face.
Our other hand-made French collections include Yves Cogan which offer metal, plastic, and combination frames for men and women. We continue to have frames from Alain Mikli, known for his fashion-forward edgy designs, and Traction Productions rounding out our major hand-made French collections.
Additionally, from Morel (manufacturing eyewear in France since 1880!) are OGA for men and and expanded selection of sleek LighTech designs for men (and now women too). ALso from Morel is the Koali collection, which includes lovely sun-glass styles and is for the woman who is looking to ease herself from the mundane to the modern in her eyewear.
Since we first opened, our marquee Italian collection has been hand-made Casanova, DolceVita, and Taxi frames from Studio3 Occhiali. They are art jewelry for your face, and despite their uniqueness they are timeless and will be able to be enjoyed for many years to come. Even the most delicate looking designs are hardy and durable and have been proven to withstand trauma that would have broken a lesser frame! (But beware, they can be addictive!). However, they are in very limited supply.
Another unique collection is from Ultra Limited -- literally ONE-OF-A-KIND limited edition plastic frames in colorful stripes, including sun styles... Fun frames for fun people!
The beauty of nature plays a part in four collections ~~ Ete' Lunettes uses feathers in their plastic/sunglass collections; Coco Song uses feathers or subtle dried-floral elements plus interesting color-combinations and embellishments for their graceful plastic ladies' styles.
There are also a very few frames still available with beautiful wooden temples such as SeedsOfLife petite plastic women's designs, and Lumiere, more masculine elegant rimless designs plus one from CocoSong.
We're not done yet!... There are more edgy, trendy designs from L.A.Eyeworks, as well as a new small more moderately priced collection from Miyagi.
And finally, we have just two striking colorful plastic frames from Milano6769 .
You'll say "Eye Gotta Have It!" when you see our private-label collection of CUSTOM plastic frames direct from Germany!!! We guarantee that the amazing color combinations and shapes are like nothing you've ever seen before!...and because they're custom-made for us you're not likely to see them anywhere else but VISIONS!
(Note: As of now we have a very limited number in stock. More will be added in 2019. Custom orders take approx. 8 weeks for completion/delivery)
At the other end of the spectrum, bold architectural flourishes characterize the metal hand-made Yabi Spirit collections, most of which are rimless (but definitely don't "disappear").
Also Spectacles Eyeworks' edgy metal frames with unique finishes come to us from Germany by way of Canada.
And yet another group is from VonBogen, with a mix of women's, unise and men's frames in the lower/moderate price range.
Like round?...Prefer rectangle? Come see the sophisticated new wood/wood-trimmed frames from Robert Rudger. A limited-edition collection.
The Iberian peninsula has long been the home of adventurers, and Barcelona Spain in particular a mecca for innovative art. And now VISIONS has the embodiment of both with our Etnia Barcelona collection of subtlely sophisticated frames in plastic, metal, and inlaid combinations, as well as knock-out sun-glasses that celebrate the drama of Africa (just a short ferry-ride from the shores of the Spanish Costa del Sol).
SOUTH AFRICA: Speaking of Africa, David Greene utilizes leaves and reeds in his collection of plastic and combination frames for men and women.
We're thrilled to have back the gorgeous and bold Limited Edition Jono Hennessy plastic frames that incorporate fabulous patterned/print fabrics. Talk about a "WOW-factor"! They may be from "down-under", but they're way "above-average" in design chic.
Carter Bond uses wood/wood-grain in their Ldt. Ed. men's frames.
We've recently discovered and added a beautiful new collection ~ Ptolemy48 from Kyoto eyewear -- Really special, with lovely jewelry-like details (but no bling!). We couldn't resist and you won't be able to either!
And there are also a few Japanese-made frames in the hip contemporary collections of l.a.EYEWORKS.
And finally from Japan is Kawasaki, the modular, minimalist titanium rimless collections that we have offered since we first opened our doors. By special order.
Rounding out the moderate price-point category are the hip and quirky, fun and funky collections from ROGER (Dutch-designed) and RainCity (from Seattle), as well as Kliik (designed in Denmark), and "PlumeParis" and "Dolabany", collections, which are committed to dealing only with independent optical shops.
And finally we have Erker, our newest budget-friendly on-trend frames, (which have already been very well received.)
All offer styles for men and women.
It should be noted that altho' many of these more moderately priced collections are manufactured in S.Korea or China, they have committed to using premium materials and safe construction techniques. This commitment is designated by the CE (Central Europe) imprint inside each frame's temple.
With virtually all of our Rx collections, we carry only ONE of each style/color combination, and once it's sold, we don't bring it into the inventory again (altho there are occasionally exceptions). In most cases, for any collection we carry, we can do special orders of styles/colors we don't have in stock, assuming, of course, it's still available. (Note: All such Special Orders must be Paid in Advance; Also, since many are not inventoried in the U.S. they may not be ordered "On Approval", meaning there may be No Returns / No Refunds).
VISIONS' selection of sun-glass frames can be worn "as-is" without Rx or can be fitted with polarized sun-lenses in your Rx. There is a selection of styles for men and women.
VISIONS offers all types of lenses, including a full range of hi-index lenses, including Seiko, (for those who are more "visually challenged"), as well as a variety of anti-reflective lens products, including Zeiss and CRIZALtm, which are all warrantied for up to two years.
In the area of progressive multi-focal lenses, we have access to a wide variety of lens designs/price points.
Our primary recommedations include traditionally engineered lenses as well as digital versions by Seiko, Shamir, Hoya, and Varilux. Also available are excellent proprietary lenses based on these well-known brands, but with more options, and often at a lower price point!
(Zeiss lenses are available on a limited basis due to distribution changes made by Zeiss.)
Available in virtually every lens design are official Transitions tm lenses in grey or brown (and in some cases grey-green), as well as CRIZAL tm anti-reflective lens products.
NEW! A new anti-reflective product is now available that offers relief from blue-screen/digital eye-strain. Used in conjunction with Transitions lenses you can now get ALL of the protective (and comfort) benefits in one pair of glasses!
Rx lenses are custom-cut to fit the frames, with usual turn-around times of one to two weeks. However, all drilled rimless designs are sent out to a specialty lab where turn-around time is generally one to two weeks. Also, because of special lens material/processing requirements, lenses prices for these rimless designs are generally higher than the same Rx in a traditional construction frame.
To help protect their eyewear investment, VISIONS also provides our customers with complimentary co-ordinating hard-cases, lens cloths, and lens spray.
In addition to a selection of lovely hand-made beaded traditional eyeglass "chains", VISONS also offers a limited collection of what we call "Speclaces" . These are necklaces with a silver ring that allows it to serve as a stylish a place to hang your glasses/sunglasses when you're out-and-about but not wearing them, or as a place to hang your ID badge, etc.
And for your desk or nite-stand, we recommend/offer eye-glass caddies to keep your glasses safe when you're not wearing them,
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