Make a Spec­ta­cle

Th­ese three Van­cou­ver eye­glass com­pa­nies have dif­fer­ent vi­sions, but all de­sign their own frames

BC Business Magazine - - Quality Time - By Felic­ity Stone

Whether be­cause of celebri­ties like Oprah Win­frey, Meryl Streep and Gary Old­man sport­ing specs on the red car­pet or the avail­abil­ity of af­ford­able pre­scrip­tion glasses on­line, eye­wear has be­come not just func­tional but fash­ion­able. Closer to home, here’s look­ing at how to see and be seen.

GLOBAL VI­SION

Op­tometrist Har­bir Sian, owner of Ox­ford&kin, names his de­signs af­ter a place in the world that's in­spired him–in this case, Stan­ley Park. The pre­scrip­tion lenses with an­tire­flec­tive coat­ing and UV pro­tec­tion are made lo­cally and in­cluded in the price, as is the do­na­tion of an eye exam and glasses to a per­son in need. Stan­ley is $175 on­line. THE HAND­MADE TALE Sara Moscov­itch pro­duces Canada's only en­tirely hand­crafted cus­tom eye­wear at her Gas­town shop Moshde­signs. The orig­i­nal de­sign is $2,200, but once she has the pat­tern the price drops to $775–like Strike a Pose, the model she wears and the first she cre­ated for her col­lec­tion. Lenses are ex­tra but made on-site.

NA­TIVE ART Carla d'an­gelo started Clau­dia Alan in 2003 to pro­duce read­ing glasses and sun­glasses that make a dif­fer­ence. Aya Pa­cific North­west Eye­wear cel­e­brates First Na­tions artists and do­nates to Indige­nous pro­grams. Cor­rine Hunt cre­ated an ea­gle raven de­sign for Ce­leste ($160). Aya is sold by op­ti­cians, mu­se­ums, BC Fer­ries and on­line.

JOINT VEN­TURE In 2015 Carla d'an­gelo launched the Clau­dia Alan C4 (Cana­dian Cre­ative

Col­lab­o­ra­tive for Char­ity) women's lux­ury read­ing glasses and sun­glasses line to sup­port the Cause We Care Foun­da­tion. Bronte, co-de­signed with Van­cou­ver style ex­pert Susie Wall, is $125 at se­lect stores and on­line.

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