Optical Works, Phoenix Optical, and Fine Arts Optical have manufactured frames by hand for more than 70 years, resulting in a cache of tens of thousands of contemporary styles as well as more than 3 million unused vintage frames. Artisans handcraft each pair of glasses in French or Italian factories using materials such as bamboo, buffalo and ram horn, traditional metal, and plastics to customize specs and keep up with current ocular trends. A prescription lab forges custom lenses that fit into frames, enhancing vision with polarized sunglasses, hidden bifocals, special coatings, and hard-to-fit prescriptions for nearsighted third eyes. Each store showcases around 3,000 different pairs of frames that both emulate the looks of celebrities and suit individuals’ styles.
Del Sol welcomes guests to its storefront along the famed Pier 39 to peruse a variety of knick-knacks, souvenirs, and clothing for women, men, and kids. More than a peddler of good-time goods, Del Sol also manufactures its own items. The shop began in a Utah mall with a collection of colorful T-shirts including a signature tee that changes color in the sun, and now graces more than 100 locations, with the first full store opening in sun-filled St. Thomas in 1997. As sidewalks bustle with life and sea lions chatter outside, shoppers can peruse the Pier 39 location’s smile-inducing selection of jewelry, swimwear, hats, toys, and key chains to commemorate a family day out or accidental UFO crash.
Through education and acculturation we evolve the lenses through which we see our world. Today's side deal will change the border around those lenses with $150 worth of chic frames from SF Optics for $70. Choose from a selection of glasses so fab that "two-eyes" becomes a backhanded moniker only slightly less potent than "popcorn toes."
A native of the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, George Georgiou brings classy yet effortless European style to his line of women's clothing, which he conceived three decades ago after a stint in the corporate world. Elegant sheaths and interchangeable tops and bottoms reflect a range of sizes, while eye-catching jewelry transitions a casual ensemble from day to night. Patrons can peruse racks of apparel in eye-popping colors and textiles, bedecked in lace, studs, or buttons that easily create a fissure in the time continuum.
Since The Dark Entry's original New Orleans location opened in 1999, the shop has geared its unconventional, sometimes spooky inventory toward punks, goths, and those with alternative lifestyles. Though the original location closed after Hurricane Katrina, its legacy lives on through the Berkeley shop, where visitors can stock up on death-metal band shirts, hair dyes, skateboard decks, and shiny body jewelry. For customers aged 18 and older, the shop also has plenty of items geared toward adults, such as bedroom toys and flirtatious games.
Strolling into Burlingame Optical is more like the encountering the lobby of a five-star hotel than an eyewear shop. Yet, sure enough, frames by Chanel, Robert Marc, and Chrome Hearts—amid a sea of other designers—fill the shop’s elegant cherry cabinets just waiting to be tested. Eyewear specialists pace the marbled floor, guiding the nearsighted and farsighted to the perfect lenses, from single-vision to digital progressives. At an onsite lab, technicians perform finish grindings and fortify spectacles with anti-reflective coatings and miniature wiper blades.