Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Introducing Selima Sun for J.Crew

We are proud to announce the addition of Selima Sun for J.Crew, our new collection exclusively for J.Crew.  Featuring a range of three wear-everywhere frames in custom hues, you won't be able to find them anywhere else!


Perfect Valentine's Day T-Shirts from Artist Marguerita Bornstein

This valentine's day surprise your loved ones with one of our playfully illustrated Marguerita Bornstein t-shirts made for us by the artist in Brooklyn and available at select Selima Optique locations.

Exclusive to Selima Optique, these whimsical tops are certain to bring a smile to their face well after Feb 14th with their vibrant imagery and fanciful cast of characters including teddy bears, porcupines, ladybugs, and more.

Bornstein took a moment to share her inspirations and work methods with us: In her words...

"I love and am fascinated by animals, insects, plants and nature in general including body parts, eyes, teeth, lips, ears, hair etc...

So, I keep observing, water, air and zap(!), when it comes to me, I wake up in he middle of the night, or wherever I am and try to capture that vision or sensation. So it becomes a drawing, a mixed media, a sculpture, a piece of jewelry- which I will carve into wax and cast in whatever metal and then find the stones or glass to combine.

Art wear always inspires me too, as for even the most savage humans, primitive or sophisticated & elegant, we wrap ourselves to comfort & protect. It becomes our second skin, our other embodiment. For this reason, besides having my artwork on walls, I enjoy seeing my art moving and incorporated into the look of another being.
I then create evocative window installations to compliment my work when I find an affinity with what they belong to or are connected to. I have done windows for Cartier, Mario Valentino,Versace, Alain Mikli and recently in 2010 & 2011 for Selima Optique's Bond st. location, which I am very fond of.

I have recently been working on developing a line of t-shirts emblazoned with 'DOYOULOVEME?' which features a ladybug and who she chooses to tease or pose the question with.
So I started with a porcupine and a ladybug. And around that theme I then created the drawings and then a three dimensional version. I admit, I love the interaction and public feedback.

Then, I always keep in mind that the image I am projecting will be of amusement for every passerby as well  as serve the store with a mutual interplay."
The shirts are available for special order worldwide -contact us for more info.

In Case You Missed It: Selima & Zoe on StyleLikeU

Selima & Zoe for Stylelikeu.com from StyleLikeU on Vimeo.

This past fall Selima & her daughter Zoe were featured on StyleLikeU discussing their personal style and life in New York.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Slices of Inspiartion: 80's Paloma Picasso Sunglasses

Although a certain popstar has recently been spotted in these statement making 80's Paloma Picasso sunglasses, there's no denying their over the top appeal and ultra-cool silhouette.

And while our archive has an assortment of frames from Picasso, these would be an ultimate score... an inspiring addition we'd welcome any day.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Vintage Eye: 80's Carrera Wayfarer Sunglasses

With classic wayfarer shapes maintaining quite the optical rage over the past few seasons consider these sporty 80's era Carrera sunglasses from our archive as a stylish alternative to nailing the trend in your own, unique way.

The contrasting, printed front adds subtle texture while slim arms and a 3-d bridge bar guarantee that you won't be seeing anyone else in anything similar -which, when talking trends, is exactly how it should be.

80's Carrera Sunglasses, available at our Bond St. location and by special order worldwide.
Contact us for more info.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Sucre Sample Sale Jan 27th to Jan 30th

Visit our Sucre locations sample sale this weekend to shop an assortment of jewelry, accessories & clothes  discounted up to 60% off.
This season their bi-annual sale boasts a roster of curated must-have jewelry from covetable designers for those in the know & silk dresses from Margarita Saplala for $100.
Sucre 357 Bleecker st.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Channeling David Hockney's Style with our Hubert Frames on ArtInfo

ArtInfo recently saluted the iconoclastic style of artist David Hockney and suggested our Hubert frames as an instant way to make his look work for you, read the full article here.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Specs Appeal: Darling Gia Strikes a Pose in her Crewcuts Frames

Our ongoing collaboration with J.Crew’s ever popular Crewcuts kid's range continues to be a lot of fun as we love the idea of being able to frame the entire family and seeing the young, adorable models in our frames happens to be a favorite perk! We recently received this charming email from a Crewcuts customer and her daughter Gia and asked if we could share it with you:

We love our scout glasses from Crewcuts! They will not fit for much longer, and we would be absolutely thrilled if you expanded your childrens range at some point! Thanks for offering these great frames for kids, in a world where most childrens glasses are ‘meh’!
Best wishes,
Angela & Gia"
To answer Angela’s concern regarding that “They will not fit for much longer,” the Scout is in fact similar to our Mike frames from our namesake range (all “grown-up” indeed!). 

Visit J.Crew to preview the “Scout” frame in other colors online on the J.Crew website!

The Huffington Post Discovers Nerdy-Chic with Selima Optique

The Huffington Post recently featured a pair of Selima Optique frames when considering a nerdy-chic inspired look like that of actress Anne Hathaway in her own pair of Arni frames from yours truly.

Selima Optique Catherine Frames on Costume

Paired with a luxe ensemble in soothing tones, our Catherine frames look great topping this look off at Costume.no...

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

60's Courrèges Glasses Shot by Richard Avedon

We just came across this picture of a pair of iconic 60's Courrèges glasses shot by Richard Avedon that we have in our archive and wanted to share it with you...so cool!

Score a Bookmark Featuring Selima Shot by French Artist JR

Stop by any NYC location to pick-up this free bookmark featuring Selima photographed by French street artist JR today!

Selima was enthused to be captured by JR as she has been following him for years, and was able to participate in his "The Inside Out Project" at the Arles photography festival last year. Selima's portrait is from his participatory project where JR transformed portraits/personal identity into pieces of art. You can see the project at 

Combined with text inspired by the Snellan eye chart, JR's work set about capturing the eyes of the world should make for a wonderful keepsake.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Get 10% off Select Selima Optique Products at V+M

As you may know Selima has joined forces with V+M's Design Atelier for an exclusive sale of Selima Optique eyewear and Hats by Selima that is set to close the end of Jan. Be sure to visit V+M from now until Jan 22nd to receive 10% off all Selima Optique products when you join V+M's inSider's club. Shop Selima at V+M for this once-in-a-lifetime chance to nab frames at a discounted price.

Continous Play: Swedish House Mafia- Save The World

As a devoted animal lover and supporting member of the ASPCA & Peta, Selima instantly became obsessed with Swedish House Mafia's video for 'Save The World' featuring a pack of man's best friends out to save the troubled world around them. A simple message with a sweet story line that's been gorgeously produced to an equally fun song, what could be better?

Slices of Inspiration: 70's Geoffrey Beene Eyewear Ad

While Selima's collection of vintage eyewear tends to reflect a more European design sensibility, there's no denying that she's a fan of Geoffrey Beene's ready-to-wear as she avidly stocks his 60's, 70's and 80's pieces at our Bond 07 location. That said, this 70's era advertisement for Geoffrey Beene eyewear unexpectedly elicits a sexual charge that's evocative of his glamorous heyday while maintaining his clean-cut, sporty, all-American vision in a rather tongue-in-cheek manner.

Vintage Eye: 80's Optical Affairs Round Frame Sunglasses

Round frames have been on an upswing for quite a few seasons as of late and from our extensive vintage archive come these classic Optical Affairs thick framed sunglasses that are destined to make a stylish statement for years to come. And if vintage frames aren't for you, consider going round in our Andy, Edouard or Nicolas frames.

Don't forget that all of our stores have a curated vintage selection on hand for you to peruse and that you can always bring in a pair you'd like to see reproduced to be custom made for you!

80's Optical Affairs Sunglasses, available at our Bond St. location and by special order worldwide.
Contact us for more info.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Valerie Steele in our Jessie frames on ArudeMag.com

Fashion historian Valerie Steele was recently featured on ArudeMag.com looking chic in her Selima Optique Jessie frames, discover them for yourself today.

Read the full article at ArudeMag.com 
Another pic of Steele in our frames, above.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Artist Marina Abramović in our Anouk Frames on Wmagazine.com

Last year artist Marina Abramović and renowned curator Klaus Biesenbach created a short video portrait of curator Hans Ulrich Obrist with nothing more than 20 words of concise dialogue that was featured on W mag online. Note how the clear finish of her Selima Optique Anouk frames add a subtle sense of style and lend no distraction to an otherwise casually fresh-faced Abramović.

Our Mike Frames on Tom Sachs in Paper Mag

Celebrated artist Tom Sachs was featured in Paper Mag recently wearing his own Selima Optique clear Mike frames at his studio. Read the full article at PaperMag.com and discover our classic Mike frames for yourself today online & in-store.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Selima Optique in Four Seasons Magazine

The latest issue of Four Season's magazine features Selima and four other specialists discussing the benefits of having customized and custom made frames for those who want something unique and well-crafted.

It goes on to mention that we offer custom coloring of existing frame styles to handmade frames in nine types of horn, six types of tortoise on horn, and 14 types of vintage tortoise to add something never-before-seen to your repertoire.

Selima Curated Vintage Goods Exclusively at V and M

From now until the end of January you can shop an exclusive curated range of vintage goods personally sourced by Selima herself at VandM.com, Vintage and Modern. Discover a selection of jewelry from Chanel, Hermes, Lanvin & Yves Saint Laurent, bags and rare finds from Hermes, Hats by Selima and a wide range of eyewear from all provenances including limited Selima Optique pieces.

Visit VandM.com today and let them help you take the stress out of vintage shopping...

Here's to Another Great New Year!

The crew at Selima Optique wishes you the best in the 
new year ahead...

John Currin's "Park City Grill," above.