REIZ | HAPTER | KANEKO | JEAN FRANCOIS REY
This Spring, there's a distinct Bauhaus mood inherent in our recent arrivals. To be clear, this is not some anachronistic stunt playing out on our shelves with re-interpreted silhouettes of iconic styles from the past. Rather, the spirit we're describing has everything to do with the fiercely independent culture of a very small slice of the optical world we inhabit and invite our customers and friends to be a part of every day. All eyewear at OTTICA SEATTLE is handmade by small, independent companies who behave less like brands and more like guilds of artists and inventors obsessed with uniting craft and material technology into eyeglass frames as a single creative expression. The rigor of this movement can be found at the heart of our current collection in the form of gorgeous pieces sculpted out of aluminum, titanium and surgical steel that render weightlessness into precise points of view. Matte finishes and a mix of rubber and silicone components transform metal into super soft, sensual objects with flattering effects that you must see and feel in person. Design manifestos aside, limited quantities suggest that one pay us a visit sooner rather than later so don't delay and come try on these styles and more new arrivals before they're gone!
JEAN FRANCOISE REY | HAPTER | VUE DC... | URBAND PARIS | FRANCIS KLEIN
OTTICA SEATTLE has always been an unofficial meeting place for friends and family who give and receive the very best gifts—a relaxing, bright space to set your bags down, take a breather, and indulge in a thoughtful purchase for yourself or a loved one. Our passion for premium eyewear (and adorable fuzzy creatures) makes us biased—we know—but the transformations we witness every day with customers and the mutual joy we share by helping to match a unique pair of glasses with an equally unique individual is what drives our belief that an opportunity to own a pair of superb glasses could be an amazing, life-changing gift.
Out of all the holiday seasons in recent memory, 2016 feels very different and now, more than ever, our purchases speak explicitly about our points of view as global definitions of luxury, wealth and intelligence shift. We never got into the business of selling glasses to preach to a captive audience of folks with refractive eye disorders, but over all these years, we've found our purpose and soul as staunch supporters of individuality under the simple guise of helping one to see better.
So this year, why not give the special people on your list an OTTICA SEATTLE gift certificate? Not only will you be done shopping for the most challenging loved ones on your list, but you'd be hard-pressed to find a more versatile, practical gift that promotes discovery, self-expression and authenticity, with gorgeous results guaranteed. Can we say, BEST GIFT EVER!?
For over 30 years, Peter Kozich and his team in Perchtoldsdorf, Austria have been producing handmade eyewear that has always been ahead of the curve. The latest collection is pure Schau Schau: fiercely independent and unapologetic at first glance and yet completely wearable and unexpectedly flattering. If your curiosity is piqued and you're in the mood to test drive a righteous pair of chunky frames, or perhaps you're looking to create a unique look with a perfect pair of bespoke prescription sunglasses, now would be a very good time to view this collection and more at OTTICA SEATTLE.
YEAR OF THE MONKEY
The last time a clever, highly intelligent monkey influenced the fate of billions was twelve years ago; the year of the Green Wooden Monkey was the same year Google's IPO debuted, the Detroit Pistons were NBA champions and squinting was still a reliable method of seeing the world around you and watching the first season of Lost. Looking back, 2004 may not have been particularly memorable but, relative to this year's Red Fire Monkey, what can you reasonably expect when the monkey in charge was green and made of wood? As his title suggests, not only is the primate of 2016 an auspicious shade of red but he's also eternally aflame—in other words, individuals who dare to be different and bravely seek unconventional solutions to old problems are in luck. Feng shui masters and destiny consultants are confirming what all of us here at OTTICA SEATTLE have known for well over a decade; success takes guts and vision-impaired individuals who embrace rebellion in the form of calculated risks will experience a wildly transformative year.
Come browse our entire collection of latest arrivals from FRANCIS KLEIN, PIERRE EYEWEAR, J.F. REY, LA EYEWORKS and more!
J.F. REY | LA EYEWORKS
Mr. Kuwahara has a unique talent for pushing design boundaries and his latest collection—all handmade in Japan—is retrofuturism at its best. Meticulously crafted and honed, every style and frame reinterprets classic silhouettes, chunky proportions, tortoise hues and flecked linoleum patterns with an optimism that's nothing short of cool. Japanese and Italian acetates, brushed metals and titanium form an undeniably unique collection with an incredible level of fit and comfort to match. Take some time out this week to experiment with the pieces featured below and more from Blake Kuwahara and our entire selection of Fall/Winter arrivals!
VUE DC... | PIERRE EYEWEAR | IYOKO INYAKE
We've got an incredible assortment of something for just about everyone: matte finishes in paper-thin steel silhouettes, chunky acetates cast in juicy summer fruit shades, and renewed classics that stylishly blur the line between everyday and sport. Stock is already starting to dwindle so stop by soon to try on these styles and more arriving over the next couple weeks—just in time to get spruced up for those special events and warmer months ahead!
EFFECTOR | REIZ GERMANY
Before you surrender to another pair of glasses that simply refuse to stay put on your face, do yourself a favor and spend some quality time with us. All that frustration over the size of your head, height of your cheekbones, or your low, pinched or non-existent nose bridge—it's valid...if you're wearing glasses that don't fit! Our highly edited assortment of frames are chosen with all the unique faces, proportions and personalities of our customers in mind because the true definition of personal style is fit. Come experience what it's like to not fiddle with your glasses: Trust us, you'll never go back to tolerating less-than-perfect specs ever again.
For the Randall Browns and Lix Storms out there, the incisive, brainy, measure-twice-cut-once types with a whiskey in one hand and FSA mad money ticking like a time bomb in the other, take note: the newest from RES/REI has arrived. Unerring, persuasive and never argumentative, the collection is a refinement of proportions and colors—all cut in super-lightweight acetate with wide-flexing hinges that gently conform to each individual. This is the clean break you've been longing for without sacrificing comfort, focus or your quiet, smouldering intensity. Make a visit to our boutique a resolution and swing by to see everything from RES/REI and more!
HAPTER founders Eric Balzan and Mirko Forti have engineered a uniquely tactile collection of eyewear from their homebase in the Belluno Province of Northern Italy with the Dolomites serving as metaphoric inspiration for their line of conceptual frames. The duo's award-winning handmade eyewear, manufactured out of surgical stainless steel and fused with fine textiles, capture a look and feel that is equal parts soft, nostalgic and bleeding edge. Artisanal textiles produced exclusively for HAPTER by the famed Italian mill Lanificio Fratelli Cerruti, impart a luxurious matted sheen that only a fine weave is capable of delivering. In an array of flattering, military-inspired hues, these flexible, weightless frames interpret minimalism in a discreet, ultra-modern way. OTTICA SEATTLE is the exclusive authorized HAPTER retailer in the US. Come visit the store or contact us to learn more!