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  • MasahiroMaruyama

    If you are looking to stand apart from the rest. A frame from MasahiroMaruyama is a good place to start. These frames are hand finished in Fukui Prefecture which is part of Japan’s Honshu island bordering the Sea of Japan. A factory that is 50 years old with experienced craftsman using traditional techniques were able to bring Masahiro’s concepts to life with quality that cannot be imitated by just anyone.

    There are multiple concepts in his collection with different inspirations. One that we carry is called Straight. Essentially, the round shape is hand drawn using straight lines which then becomes a curved line. By doing this he can eliminate some excess material and create a minimal design. There is a lot of inspiration drawn from a Japanese flower arrangement called Ikebana. The idea is that things are natural and in a beautiful incomplete form.

    From the hand-drawn designs that Masahiro is able to bring to life, we are excited to present this exclusive collection to you. Only available in 5 stores across Canada it would be unlikely to run into someone with your same frame.

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  • Silmo 2017

    We are currently getting ready to leave for Paris to attend Silmo over Thanksgiving weekend. We have been attending this show for over 20 years. We still think that it is significant for us to travel there to bring you the latest eyewear fashions and technologies on the market first. We end up getting priority on the first production of products which means that a frame can end up in your hands before anyone else.

    One of the great features of this show is the Silmo D’or Awards and this year we have a few people to cheer for! Blake Kuwahara is nominated in the best design category and best sunglass design. Competing against him is Bruno Chaussignand in the best design category. We will be looking forward to the results!

    We look forward to being both inspired by the eyewear designs and the ambiance that Paris has to offer. It’s a great way to understand where fashion is going and be away from the “every day” gives us the ability to open our eyes to different surroundings. The fashion windows in Paris give us influence, meeting with eyewear designers gives us excitement and the food… well, that’s just a bonus!

    Stay tuned to our Instagram page for sneak peaks.

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  • 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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