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.

Wobbly Parker

August 16th, 2018

As the old saying goes, “You get what you pay for.” Recently, many people have opted to give their eyewear business to a little upstart brand called Warby Parker. Warby Parker’s business model is simple: cheap eyewear delivered straight to your home. And while it’s just so fun to have everything brought to you and placed in your lap with minimal effort, when it comes to your eye care needs, convenience is a luxury you can’t afford.

Warby Parker and other businesses like it have three things in common: 1.) convenience, 2.) low prices, and 3.) accessible fashion. Want to know something all independent eyeglass retailers have in common? We all end up fixing your Warby Parker glasses eventually. They come cheap because they are cheap. Not only cheaply made, but intentionally made to break down over time. Why? You’ll come back again and again and again for a new pair and a new pair and a new pair because, hey, they’re just so affordable!

What you won’t get with Warby Parker and other online glasses retailers, apart from a difference in quality, is the personal touch that comes with a trained optician. A pair of glasses does not fit you like a pair of shoes. A trained optician knows what fits you best because they know what works best for your eyes. The impersonal touch of online eyewear retail means you could end up with a cheap pair of ill-fitting glasses that have a detrimental impact on your vision. Sure, they came right to your door, but now you have a pair of glasses that you can’t see through even when they’re not slipping off your face.

The choice is clear. Even clearer with our in-house, single vision lens lab. Stop by Blink Optical today, and let’s find something together that fits you right.

Made in the Shade at PGA Championship 2018

August 9th, 2018

The 2018 PGA Championship is in full swing, and for the 100th time in history, golf’s Wanamaker trophy is up for grabs. Well known favorites such as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Rory McIlroy are all vying for the top prize, with Jordan Spieth chasing his career grand slam. Justin Thomas, however, is looking for a clean second-straight event victory this year while visiting the illustrious Bellerive Country Club.

For the active golfer, it’s hard to find sunglasses that offer comfort and dependability during a day on links. For Blink Optical, however, the choice is clear. Maui Jim is a stylish, dependable brand, with sunglasses that provide complete protection from the sun on those bright, sunny days.

Blink Optical carries a wide variety of Maui Jim sunglasses, available at our boutique location in Lake Forest, IL. At the moment we do not display our Maui Jim inventory online, but if you see something you like from Maui Jim elsewhere and you’re not sure where to buy it, give us a call at 847-234-6541. Alternatively, you can email and product inquiries to Yuri@BlinkOptic.com. At Blink Optical, we’re not here to tell you “no we can’t”, we’re here to tell you “here’s how we can”.

Bond in Cartier

July 20th, 2018

After a six year hiatus caused by legal disputes, and significant recasting of major characters, 1995’s GoldenEye introduced us to a new and improved James Bond: Pierce Brosnan. Originally slated to take the James Bond helm after Roger Moore, Brosnan was unable to break from his television contract, binding him to the show Remington Steele. Timothy Dalton would instead take the role, and play Bond for a total of two movies (the shortest Bond run second to George Lazenby’s one film). Brosnan is tied at four movies with current Bond actor, Daniel Craig, though this is soon to change in the next few years with Daniel Craig’s fifth and final performance as the globe-trotting, suit wearing, martini drinking MI6 agent.

During his tenure, Brosnan’s Bond faced off against a rogue MI6 agent, a news media magnate run amock, a high-tech terrorist trying to drive up oil prices, and a former North Korean army colonel trying to destroy the Korean DMZ. And while all of the plots sound exciting, only one of those movies proved to be an enduring James Bond classic. The last of the Brosnan Bond films, Die Another Day was released in 2002. Critically panned, the film left the future of the franchise in doubt, and brought Brosnan’s tenure as 007 to an unsatisfactory close.

Since then, however, the actor has had periodic success on screen, but more importantly success off screen as a man with great taste. Recently, he was photographed wearing the Cartier CT0035S.

This Cartier frame is constructed almost entirely of metal, with acetate end tips. And while Esquire magazine won’t tell you were to buy them, we will: Blink Optical.

Stop by the store today or check out the frame online for more information. Blink Optical is proud to be recognized as an authorized Cartier dealer, with many models of Cartier eyeglasses and sunglasses available.

Maradona Right to Believe in Messi

June 26th, 2018

As Argentina faced World Cup elimination in the Group Stage for the first time since 2002, previous Argentinian World Cup winner Diego Maradona rushed to the defense of current Argentine star Lionel Messi when it became clear that Messi was shouldering a lot of the blame for Argentina’s woes.

To Leo, I would like to talk to you and tell you that you are not guilty of anything, of absolutely nothing.

Which he then followed with:

I love you as always, I respect you as always.

Maradona, who managed Messi during the 2010 World Cup, opened the tournament with a cigar in his mouth and pair of flashy wayfarers shielding his eyes. And while much of the man’s behavior has been, well, questionable, during the tournament so far, there’s no denying that his belief in Messi proved correct.

The combination one-two punch from Messi and Marcos Rojo made for Nigeria’s undoing, ending their chance of being the first African team in the knockout round. From here, Argentina will face tournament favorite and Group C winner France. Only time will tell whether or not the team is prepared to go much further.

Now, we have no idea where Maradona would get such a pair of outlandish wayfarer sunglasses, but if there’s one concept Blink Optical is most assuredly built on, it’s not being afraid of trying something a little different. Within reason, of course.

Baseline, by ic! Berlin (col. Blue/Graphite)

ic! Berlin’s Baseline rides that edge between just enough and just too far. Measuring 69-2-145, this over-sized lens masterpiece might be too bold for the average man or woman, but is just what the doctor ordered for those with little to fear. With ic! Berlin’s patented screw-less hinges, light but strong stainless steel sheet metal body, and hybrid-rubber half-rim and temples, Baseline is unlike any other sunglasses frame out on the market today.

If you aim to be bold, be better than boisterous. Be Berlin, ic! Berlin.