Like hardboiled detectives, prescription lenses clear up blurry mysteries and frequently end up framed. Focus on the facts with today's Groupon: for $99, you get $300 worth of lenses and designer frames at Visage Eyewear.
At Visage Eyewear, customers browse upscale spectacles from designer brands, 12 of which are not for sale at any other West Coast eyewear boutique. Engaged staffers present clients with feature-flattering frames such as the brown Bevel Figjam, simple, roughly rectangular lens-holders with a thick top bar. The slightly cat-eyed Masunaga 011 frames fade from black into flecked amber toward the glasses’ bottom edge ($390), and tortoiseshell Kala 903 frames ($150) boast perfectly circular rims, which unfortunately do not spin when your car moves. To purchase glasses, customers must arrive armed with a valid prescription, or solicit one from the in-house optometrist. The Visage boutique doubles as an art gallery, so clientele can take in pieces from local artists as they seek their dream frames.
Unless you’re a connoisseur, you might not recognize some of the brands at Visage Eyewear. The staff there searches far and wide for quirky labels, curating a unique spread of frames in their combination optometry and art-gallery space. The names of designers such as Bevel, Theo, Chrome Hearts, and ic!berlin adorn modish round spectacles, futuristic tinted shades, and tortoiseshell glasses with an air of wisdom. Beneath the energetic paint swirls of local artists, the in-house optometrist, Dr. Mila Ioussifova, can help clients find their prescription. The staff then waits to show them exciting frames that veer from the standard selection of dull plastic and tied-together telescopes.