Karir Blog

  • Blake Kuwahara

    In January of 2015, Karir was lucky enough to host the North American launch of Blake’s personal collection-Blake Kuwahara. He was already an internationally acclaimed designer and creator for the brand Kata and collaborated on such brands as John Varvados, Carolina Herrera and Coach. His personal collection is designed slightly out of selfishness. He felt like something was missing for himself and his close group of friends who are mostly artistic but required something still understated and wearable.

    The inspiration for the collection comes from a shopping excursion. He came across an old Chinese wooden stool that had been encased in a clear lucite block. The frames are meant to be classical on the inside and a bit more artful on the outside. It’s about taking two frames and laminating them together. The inside shapes are classic and the outside frames give them more character. From far away you only see the inside silhouette and as you get closer you can see the totality of the frame.

    The original collection started with just 100 sets for the world. There were 9 shapes and 4 colors each. One set took 2 full weeks to complete. 2 years later, the collection has grown to add a few more shapes and colors including some metal frames. The design is the same. We now have a very limited edition collection of 4 shapes that Blake calls his “personal” collection. These are shapes designed for himself that he would wear. They are finished with Sterling Silver details.

    We are asked quite often how you can tell the difference between an inexpensive frame and a high quality, handmade product. One of the truths is in the touch. When you pick these up and feel them in our hands you won’t be able to compare them to another. Come and take the test with us! You won’t be disappointed.

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  • Jacques Marie Mage

    This LA based collection of limited edition frames is very distinct looking on our boards. The collection features precious materials such as sterling silver, titanium, and 18K gold; rich colors like bold tortoise shells and deep charcoals with blue lenses and geometric shapes with sharp angles. The acetate is thick which gives the frames presence and statement. The custom detailing gives the frame a unique personality and distinctive look. If you have handled a few pairs of glasses in your time you will feel a difference with these. They have a weight and smoothness to them that screams luxury. Without even picking these frames up your senses will already tell you that these will be different.
    Designer Jerome also prides himself on making sure the products are produced using fair and ethical production methods. Every purchase of a pair of spectacles helps preserve American wildlife. Jacques Marie Mage has partnered with The Yellowstone Park Foundation’s Wolf Project to support the park’s protection of the grey wolf. Increasing the wolf population has positive effects on other wildlife and nature in the park as well making this particular cause very valuable to the overall well-being of Yellowstone.
    This uber exclusive luxury collection is available in less than 15 opticals across Canada. It is always Karir Eyewear’s mission to compliment your style and look with something unique so you won’t run into another person wearing your same frame. Find these frames in both our Yorkville and First Canadian Place locations.

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  • Yorkdale Location Closing

    It is with great sadness that we inform you all that our Yorkdale location is closing after 26 years. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your loyalty over this time and we look to seeing you in our Yorkville and First Canadian Place locations.

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  • Happy Holidays

    Happy Holidays from all of us at Karir Eyewear. Please note that we will have revised hours through the holiday.

    First Canadian Place will be closed: Dec 24, 26, 27, 31 and Jan 2

    Cumberland will be closing early on Dec 24 and 31 at 4pm

    Yorkdale has extended Holiday hours (please refer to the mall website) We are closed Christmas Day and New Years Day.

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  • November Sale

    It’s here! Our famous November Sale begins this weekend! Check out our 3 locations for up to 50% off your next great pair of glasses.

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