Japanese Crafted at Chinook Optical
My favorite local Calgary Optical store, Chinook Optical has some very exciting lines of eyewear to check out that have been hand crafted in Japan. If you have been on my site or social media you have probably seen my new Celine sunnies from Chinook Optical or the post I did featuring Cutler & Gross. I have a long standing relationship and love for this local boutique which has a hundred year family-owned history and no one in Calgary comes close to the selection of styles offered at Chinook Optical.
Japan is known for their exquisite manufacturing methods and attention to detail for perfectionism. The country has over a 200 year history and long standing tradition crafting eyewear frames . It is also one of the largest manufacturers of spectacles in the world. Here are two very cool brands made in Japan sold in Chinook Optical.
The first is Dutil Eyewear. Designed in Gastown Vancouver, Dutil Eyewear is a new take on a classic style. These glasses have a major attention to detail felt immediately when they are tried on. There is a comfort and simplicity to these frames which sets them apart from other eyewear brands. If you love the round Keith Harring early 90’s vibe frames, Dutil is definitely for you!
Dutil Eyewear’s designer and owner Eric Dickstein had a 21 year career at Oliver Peoples before he set out in 2006 to open his store Durant Sessions, which now has two locations; in Vancouver’s Gastown and Los Angeles’ Silver Lake community. Dickenstein took what he learned about premium eyewear and created his own brand which is now only available in select boutiques world wide and Calgary’s own Chinook Optical 🙂
(image at top and below courtesy of dutileyewear.com )
Another super unique Japanese eyewear line Chinook Optical carries is Akira Ishiwatari . This line is very distinctly recognizable in aesthetic. The brand is named after its designer Akira Ishiwatari . The glasses do not use new technology parts. These glasses only use parts that have existed in Japan since ancient times. The exceptional technology is unparalleled.
(403) 252-1961 / BRITANNIA SHOPPING PLAZA 813 – 49th Avenue SW Calgary, AB