We Rise, We Fall

September 12th, 2019

Once again we must soon say goodbye to another season, and with that, that season’s designated fashion. As we move into Fall 2019, designers have begun to premiere their latest creations. And while there is much to say about current trends in fashion, the trends we’re most interested in are those reflecting the sun.

According to a recent article on Glowsy, the top designs as we head into the end of the year are as follows: connected shield lenses, oversized, bejeweled, geometric, top bridge, yellow lenses, round lenses, over-the-rim lenses, pale frames, cat-eye frames, aviator, brown lenses, and triangle lenses.

On our side of the fence, there’s almost no knowing who on Earth makes these decisions, and why. But if they insist on their choices, then of course we must oblige by providing our customers with the latest and greatest frames the oracles have deemed fashionable for Fall.

Not only do we carry the models and the frames listed above, but we also carry sunglasses (and eyeglasses) from many luxury eyewear brands that are unique and uncommon. If you see a brand you like but not the frame, get in touch. We can special order almost any model still in production.

Stop by the store or visit us online to see more.

Beware! The Sun!

August 27th, 2019
Paper sunglasses made for viewing a solar eclipse.

According to a recent piece in TIME magazine, a study was funded in 2014 by the U.S. National Eye Institute, looking to measure the impact of UV radiation’s long term effect on eye health. This study found that, without protection, UV radiation can damage the eye’s lens, which in turn “can raise a person’s risk for cataracts”.

“When you don’t wear protection, ultraviolet radiation you cannot see is penetrating the eye, and the eye structures are very sensitive to it,” says Dr. Rebecca Taylor, a Nashville-based ophthalmologist and a clinical spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The back of the eye, called the retina, has a delicate central area known as the macula. “If you put a target in the center of the retina right behind the pupil, the macula would be the bull’s-eye,” Taylor explains. “And when light comes into the eye, it hits that macula like a laser beam.”

How Wearing Sunglasses Actually Impacts Your Eyes, According to Science“, by Markham Heid (TIME August 26th, 2019).

Sometimes, choosing a pair of sunglasses comes down to sacrificing fashion for convenience. The opposite is also true, in that protection is also sometimes sacrificed for fashion. Whoever you may be, and whatever you may like, the most important factor to consider when buying sunglasses is the amount of UVA and UVB light blocked by the lenses. Ideally, 99%-100% of UVA or UVB light should be filtered out.

At Blink Optical, we carry a wide selection of sunglasses designed for both fashion and safety. If you’re in the market for some new shades, check out some of our favorites below:

Santos de Cartier CT0102S col. 001
ic! Berlin Homer H. col. Black Crystal/Graphite
Face a Face Bocca Joy 2 col. 2619
Kala x Mark McNairy Kalifornia col. CHP
Moncler ML 0102 col. 66B

Call or stop by Blink Optical today to see more frames from our collection. If there’s a brand we carry but a model you like is not in stock, we can order almost any frame, and install almost any lens. With Blink Optical, there is no sacrificing style for safety.

Diane Keaton is Definitely a Legend

July 26th, 2019

Actress Diane Keaton was recently profiled in the August issue of InStyle, for an article titled Diane Keaton Doesn’t Believe She’s a Legend, in which the iconic actress denies being an icon. Now, anyone familiar with her prolific and impressive filmography knows that’s simply not true.

Known for wearing many literal hats, Ms. Keaton is also known for being a director, producer, photographer, real estate developer, author, and singer. And yet:

How do you live with being called an icon? 
Well, this word “icon” is new to me. No one has ever called me an icon. I guess with time you call people an icon because they’ve been around for a long time. That’s an icon for you.

You have this incredible body of work that people admire. 
Really? I’m not aware of that.

Sarah Cristobal / Diane Keaton Doesn’t Believe She’s a Legend / InStyle Magazine

And while she may be reserved about her place in history as a remarkable talent, both on-screen and off, she has certainly never been reserved when it comes to fashion choices…

Diane Keaton Doesn’t Believe She’s a Legend / Photo by Carter Smith

You styled yourself for this shoot. Is it empowering to have a certain look that you’ve been able to cultivate? 
I don’t think of it as empowering.

Protective then, maybe? 
Yes, it’s very protective. It hides a multitude of sins. Flaws, anxiety — things like that. I would not feel comfortable in a short skirt or something cut off with my arms hanging out there. And I’ve always liked hats. They just frame a head. But, of course, nobody really thinks they’re as great as I do.

Sarah Cristobal / Diane Keaton Doesn’t Believe She’s a Legend / InStyle Magazine

Pictured above is Ms. Keaton in her Paul Harnden Shoemakers jacket, Uniqlo turtleneck, Maison Rabih Kayrouz skirt, Baron Hats hat, Robert Marc NYC glasses, vintage belt, and Gianvito Rossi boots. And while we believe she looks phenomenal in the whole ensemble, what stuck out to us (for obvious reasons) were her Robert Marc eyeglasses.

Having handled many Robert Marc frames over the years, we can assure you that each frame is designed with the highest quality in mind, as well as highest fashion. So if one day in the future you find yourself with the urge to emulate Diane Keaton, then Blink Optical is here to help you on your way.

To view our current Robert Marc collection, stop by the store, or give us a call at 847-234-6541.

Sunglasses for Summer 2019

June 11th, 2019

Eyewear designs may not change drastically from year to year, but eyewear trends ebb and flow like the tide. Much like the process of pairing glasses of wine with different meals, selecting your style for summer can clash and crash without the proper assistance. Luckily, we’re here to offer a little advice.

Cat-Eye

If you’re planning a sun-soaked vacation or just a day at the beach, the retro cat-eye is your best bet for summer style. The versatile and classic design has made a recent comeback, and cat-eye sunglasses are on track to be one of the most popular styles of 2019.

While Blink Optical may offer a variety of cat-eye sunglasses, the CT0155S (from the Première de Cartier line) is among our favorites. Featuring a modernized cat-eye shape, combination Godron and C de Cartier hinge hardware, double C Décor signature nose pads, and gold flash anti-reflective chocolate lenses.

Round

The over-sized, round rim frame isn’t for everyone. It’s bold. But perhaps, so are you. For a day out on the town, whatever your reason, you’re sure to turn heads and look classy with an over-sized frame.

Speaking of classy: The CT0152S. Première de Cartier rimless sunglasses, with thick, round lenses, double C Décor aesthetic engraves on the nose pads, and eponymous iconic plaques embedded in the temple tips.

Walk into Summer 2019 with a little extra spark. Blink Optical carries a unique selection of Cartier eyeglasses and sunglasses. Check out our selection online, or stop by the store if you’re nearby.

Seth Rogen: Stylish Human

March 22nd, 2019

During the rise of Seth Rogen, the Hollywood actor appeared as casual as the characters he became famous for playing. And while it would be rude to address his casual appearance as slovenly, comparative photographs from then and now show a man transformed.

Noted in a GQ article from last May, this transformation was, to the untrained eye, wardrobe specific. But, being who we are (our eyes being laser focused of course), we noticed a different aspect of this stylish human’s new look: high end eyewear.

Seth Rogen in ic! Berlin’s Bayamo frame.

While Seth can be seen wearing multiple pairs of glasses throughout the years, including Cartier’s discontinued (but available for a limited time) Chet frame, he was recently spotted by the people at ic! Berlin in their Bayamo frame. And, like a modern proud parent, they couldn’t help but share a picture on social media.

If you’re interested in the Bayamo frame, or any frame from ic! Berlin’s collection of screwless eyewear, Blink Optical has you covered. We carry a wide variety of ic! Berlin eyeglasses and sunglasses in-store and online, and if there’s ever a frame you see somewhere else that we don’t have, we can get it for you.

Blink Optical. Stylish eyewear, for stylish humans.

Chet Cartier, One of a Kind

February 5th, 2019

The Cartier name carries with it a certain pedigree for perfection. It’s jewelry luxurious, its eyewear illusive. Though their remnants linger in the ether, both in periodicals of old and the lost highways of the internet, many classic Cartier frames are no longer available. And while the process of retiring popular products is not unique to the Cartier brand, the lust for rare Cartier never wanes.

Here at Blink Optical, we have had the exclusive pleasure of being able to offer Cartier eyeglasses and sunglasses to both loyal customers, and new friends. As a boutique with a comprehensive cadre of connections, occasionally we are able to offer frames found nowhere else in the world. And today, we are proud to be able to offer one more.

Chet, by Cartier. Constructed from high quality acetate, ruthenium hardware, and available in-store at Blink Optical for a limited time. How limited? When we say it’s one of a kind, we mean it. If this is the frame for you, stop by the store the next time you’re in town. We can’t guarantee it’ll be here, but we can guarantee that it was here.

Caroline Sarandon

February 2nd, 2019

Susan Sarandon, Academy Award winning actor, activist, and Ray Donovan‘s Samantha Winslow. With a filmography extending back to the 1970s, Sarandon has been a household name and pop culture icon for most of our lives. As a constant champion of several social causes, she has also cemented her identity as more than just a movie star.

Since 2017, Sarandon has portrayed new boss Samantha Winslow on the Showtime crime drama Ray Donovan, alongside series star Liev Schreiber. And while the show itself is significant for its stellar cast and solid stories, that is not why we’re shining a light on it today.

For eagle-eyed viewers, Sarandon’s Samantha Winslow seems to be a fan of the french eyewear line Caroline Abram. Specifically, the Caroline Abram Wanda. If you’re unfamiliar with the brand, Caroline Abram specializes in classic, retro inspired eyewear, with a touch of vintage Miami and South Beach. And although some people might consider certain styles outdated for a reason, some people (like Susan Sarandon) know how to pull it off.

If you’re a fan of old school eyewear with the reliability of modern fabrication, consider Caroline Abram. From eyeglasses to sunglasses, Blink Optical is proud to be able to offer all Caroline Abram frames and colors. For all other brands, visit the Blink Optical website.

Luxury Fashion, Made Just for You

November 8th, 2018

Blink Optical is a one stop shop boutique for exclusive and illusive eyewear. From luxury brands like Cartier and Chrome Hearts, to rare brands like Morgenthal Frederics and Lunor, we’re proud to stock some of the most exciting frames in production today. Frames made with precision and care, by master craftsmen.

Recently, we began experimenting with our own custom created, limited edition eyewear. These frames are designed in house, using pre-fabricated hardware from luxury brands, and combining that hardware with new and exciting custom lenses. All lenses are cut and engraved on-site, ensuring complete quality control.

So far, we have had great success with our custom created, limited edition Cartier sunglasses. Each limited edition Cartier frame features re-purposed, high quality Cartier hardware, and precision engraved lenses when requested.

Every custom frame is produced following the client’s exact specifications and desires. The end result is a unique fashion item, unlike anything else on the market today.

If you’re interested in a custom Cartier frame, call or stop by Blink Optical today. We’re excited to create with you a new and singular pair of eyeglasses or sunglasses.

The Choice of Lens Technology is Clear

September 11th, 2018

Lens technology has evolved significantly since the early days of the reading stone. Reading stones were developed in the 9th century, developed during the process of converting sand into glass. A hemispherical lens placed on top of text to magnify letters, these stones were among the earliest applications of lens technology.

In the early 14th century, Dominican friar Giordano da Pisa wrote “It is not yet twenty years since there was found the art of making eyeglasses, which make for good vision. And it is so short a time that this new art, never before extant, was discovered. I saw the one who first discovered and practiced it, and I talked to him.” Friar Alessandro della Spina of Pisa, a colleague of Giordano, was soon making eyeglasses for the public, and not only for personal use.

By 1301, there were guild regulations in Venice governing the sale of eyeglasses, as the practice began to take hold. Early frames consisted of two magnifying glasses riveted together by the handles, so that they could grip the nose. The earliest surviving examples of these “rivet spectacles” were found under the floorboards at Kloster Wienhausen, a convent in Germany dating back to the 1400s.

Certain historians believe that the invention of the bifocal, necessary for sufferers of both myopia and presbyopia, preceded Benjamin Franklin. However, correspondence between George Whatley (a friend of Benjamin Franklin) and John Fenno (editor, The Gazette of the United States) suggests that not only had Franklin invented bifocals, but had invented them 50 years earlier than originally thought. Originally, bifocals were designed with the most convex lenses in the lower half of the frame, and the least convex lenses on the upper. Two separate lenses were cut in half, and combined. This led to a number of complications, and rendered the lenses fragile.

Here at Blink Optical, we uses a variety of different lenses, depending on customer preference. However, knowing lenses are not manufactured equally across the board, there is one brand that stands out among the rest. A brand we proudly suggest to all customers.

All Blink Optical customers have the right to choose the lenses they want, but after years in the business, our choice of lens company is clear: Shamir. Shamir lens technology is unlike any other. All Shamir lenses are carefully crated to suit anyone on the wide spectrum of eyewear needs.

An R&D-driven company, Shamir is a technological innovator in the field of optics. Its Freeform expertise and breakthrough lens design technologies make it a globally recognized leader in sports and occupational lenses, and custom designed lenses that ensure wearer comfort together with optimized visual acuity for virtually any prescription, in any shape frame.

So the next time you’re in our store, or if you feel like giving us a call, ask about Shamir. Live in the 21st century, not the 14th.

Paddle: America’s Most Dangerous Sport

August 30th, 2018
The Lake Forest Club
Lake Forest, IL

Paddle, or platform tennis, is not really America’s most dangerous sport, but injuries DO happen. From nicks and scraps and cuts and bruises to the odd broken and protruding bone, life on the raised platform involves risk. However, sometimes the most overlooked safety concern out on the court is eye protection.

Cue Rec Specs, from Liberty Sport.

Tested to meet and even exceed the strictest ASTM F803 impact standards, Rec Specs performance eyeglasses can withstand nearly any impact. They’re engineered to handle any prescription, so you get comfortable, durable protection without sacrificing sight or style. And even if you’re not a full time glasses wearer, Rec Specs frames can help shield your eyes from impact.

Don’t believe us? According to recent research, more than half of all paddle players experience an eye injury sooner or later playing the sport.

So the next time that yellow-green ball is flying at you and your life flashes before your eyes, remember Rec Specs. Available in-store at Blink Optical, and online at BlinkOptical.com.