Welcome, Caroline

We invite ladies to view CAROLINE ABRAM PARIS 2019-2020 collection.

And yes, you can use your VSP plan to order glasses.

Our sidewalk sandwich board inspired by Caroline Abram and Juan Gris

Our sidewalk sandwich board inspired by Caroline Abram and Juan Gris

Other side of sidewalk chalkboard inspired by Caroline Abram and Juan Gris

Other side of sidewalk chalkboard inspired by Caroline Abram and Juan Gris

 

 

 

 

Caroline's best wishes to Providence Optical

Caroline’s best wishes to Providence Optical on interview page for ОПТИЧЕСКИЙ Magazine, 2019

Contact Lenses That Adjust to Light

Acuvue Oasys with Transitions that changes from light to dark. Squint Less. See More™

These lenses are one of TIME’s Best Inventions of 2018 list. Squint Less. See More™

Introducing: Acuvue Oasys® with Transitions™

Acuvue’s new line of light-sensitive, vision-correcting contact lenses (developed in partnership with Transitions Optical), which has been in the works for over a decade, is available now. Contact lens contains a filter that senses the amount of light entering your eye and automatically darkens or lightens to maximize comfort. These lenses are one of TIME’s Best Inventions of 2018 list.

ACUVUE® OASYS with Transitions™ quickly and seamlessly adapts to balance the amount of indoor and outdoor light entering the eye, including filtering blue light and blocking harmful UV rays. They begin to darken as soon as they’re exposed to UV or HEV light, with Transitions Light Intelligent Technology enabling the lenses to become dark in 45 seconds – and fade back from dark to clear within 90 seconds when going from outdoors to indoors. At full activation, the lenses block up to 70 percent of visible light.

Long known for our sensational eyeglasses selection, Providence Optical is becoming a destination for contact lens patients too. Our contact lens director Dr. Robert Hill  studied with Dr. Marjorie Rah in New England College of Optometry and for 2 years closely worked with Dr. Dennis Karambelas at Vision Care Barrington.

If you were fitted with Acuvue Oasys at your doctor’s offices and wear them currently, stop by at Providence Optical to get free sample in your prescription. 

Free samples of Acuvue Oasys with Transitions are available at Providence Optical

Free samples of Acuvue Oasys with Transitions are available at Providence Optical

Your future in eyewear design

eyewear school italy

If you have passion for eyewear design and speak Italian, this course might change your life.

The 2-year course is a real “eyewear school”, located in Belluno area, Italy. There are 1200 hours of training and 800 hours of internship in leading eyewear companies. You will learn eyewear hand drawing, computer 2D&3D rendering, prototyping, business side of the industry and team working.

As a professional, you will be able to combine fashion and trend aspect with  understanding  eyeglasses as a medical device.

The applications are accepted until September 20, 2019. Selection of the students will be made on September 24.

school italy

For full information please, follow this link:

http://its.certottica.it

eyewear school

Beautiful Ladies of Caroline

Faces of Siberian models in new marketing campaign of Caroline Abram eyewear brand

Faces of Siberian models in the new marketing campaign of Caroline Abram’s eyewear brand

Caroline Abram is a French eyewear designer and founder of the brand “Caroline Abram”. Abram has five international Silmo d’Or awards — 2006, 2008, 2014, 2015 and a nomination in 2017 .

For the past two years, the renowned designer has come to niveous Novosibirsk, a large city in the heart of Siberia (Russia) to photo shoot her new eyewear collection. Caroline explains that she admires the inner strength, subtle beauty and delicacy of Russian women. In two days of shooting, 2,543 photo frames were taken and the models changed their clothes 24 times.

Caroline Abram, photo shoot in Russia for her new campaign

Abram herself directed the models and the photo shoot in general

“Exaggerate, play and provoke”

“Girls! It’s your time to realize the Wonder Woman inside of you.”

We were privileged to chat with Caroline Abram at the Moscow International Optical Fair (MIOF) in February, 2019

Here is a story Caroline told:

“You go to work or to a restaurant. You wear a beautiful coat, shoes  and you have a beautiful handbag. Yet, you sit down at your work desk or at a restaurant table. You put your coat and a purse away and no-one sees your feet :(. What’s left? Your glasses. They tell everything about you. Who you are, what mood you have, what attitude. That’s why, I think, a desire to get new glasses should come first. I want to convince all women that they look amazing in glasses. For me, eyewear is makeup. We play with makeup to change our looks by changing lipstick, blush and eyeshadow colors. With makeup, we convey our mood; sometimes matching clothes, sometimes contrasting, blending or accenting…A woman should wear eyewear according to her mood. 

I also believe that eyewear should empower women, although I don’t consider myself  a feminist, I believe in women’s strength and confidence and eyewear is just the right tool to show that. ”

Caroline Abram and Onega Astaltsova in Moscow, February, 2019

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Caroline Abram collection will be available at Providence Optical in May 2019.

Karl’s Palette

La-Palette-de-Karl

Illustration Gilles Boogaerts

 

In April 2008 MADAME FIGARO published small questionnaire regarding the colors of his “inner universe”. We post it the way it was published, in French.

De quelle couleur êtes-vous?

Noir et blanc.

La couleur qui vous fait voir la vie en rose?

Certainement pas une piece peinte en rose vif. Le blanc bleuté, le gris perle très pâle et le rose très, très pâle.

Avec quelle couleur êtes-vous fâché?

Le rouge et le bleu vif pour vivre. Et le mauve et le violet, les pires couleurs en décoration.

Qu’est-ce qui rime avec couleur?

Couleur=bonheur.

Couleur=malheur…qu’on attribue bêtement à certaines couleurs, comme vert, que j’adore.

Eye chart alphabet for your business

 

Design firm ANTI Hamar has created a typeface based on the traditional eye chart. It's called OPTICIAN SANS

Design firm ANTI Hamar has created a typeface based on the traditional eye chart. It’s called OPTICIAN SANS

This uncompleted alphabet has been seen by millions when testing their visual acuity by an eye doctor. Optician Kay Louise Sloane created these letters in 1959 as a successor to the Snellen chart, produced a hundred years before that since then they’ve been limited to these 10 letters. Up until now. “We based the typeface on the same 5×5 grid as the original optotype letters and completed the full alphabet including numbers and special characters,” – say creators of ANTI Hamar firm (Norway). It’s called OPTICIAN SANS. The effort began as a rebranding for the optical shop in Norway that wanted to deliver the messages to its customers as clear as possible. 

Snellen chart was developed in 1862 to measure visual acuity. Sloan chart was developed in 1952, with the same proportions, but without serifs. Optician Sans was developed in 2018 as fully functional facetype (originally for branding for the optical store in Norway).

Snellen chart was developed in 1862 to measure visual acuity. Sloan chart was developed in 1952, with the same proportions, but without serifs. Optician Sans was developed in 2018 as fully functional facetype (originally for branding for the optical store in Norway).

Not a bad idea. You can also try this typeface for your business. Maybe it’s the best font for advertising :) The new font is free at

https://optician-sans.com

That’s how our name in Optician Sans looks like:

ProvidenceOptical-OpticianSans

Snellen chart at a doctor office at South Dakota original 1880 Town

Snellen chart at a doctor office at South Dakota original 1880 Town

Nano-Plating treatment by Blackfin

Photo: Nicola Del Din, CEO of the company in Milano, 2016

Nicola Del Din, CEO of the company in Milano, 2016

Blackfin introduced its new optical styles that “takes titanium to the next level.”
This collection include 10 best selling models that are now available in innovative new finishes – Blackfin Nano-Plating treatment which is an exclusive process patented by the company. The shiny new finishes include pale amber, ancient rose gold, obsidian black , gold and imperial yellow. “Blackfin Nano-Plating is a treatment in which metal particles are vaporized in a vacuum, inducing sublimation that enables the particles to be deposited atom-by-atom onto the surface of the frames to obtain a final chromatic effect. Blackfin Nano-Plating makes it possible to create a frame of exceptional beauty with amazing coloration that is long lasting and resistant to wear and tear. Blackfin Black Edition: the unmistakable Blackfin style with an extra touch of exclusivity,” the company said.

As you know, Blackfin (Italy) works only in titanium. The fronts of eyewear made of pure titanium (which is 90% titanium, 6% aluminum and 4% vanadium) and the temples of beta-titanium (which is alloy of many elements)for flexibility.

2019 Blackfin collection at Providence Optical

2019 Blackfin collection at Providence Optical

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SANDBRIDGE by Blackfin in Black/Brown-and-Pale Amber Gold

CHARLESTON-Blackfin-Black-Edition_Matte-Black-and-Imperial-Yellow-Gold_

Charlestonby Blackfin in Matte Black-and-Imperial Yellow

Eyewear trends, or what to expect at Providence Optical in 2019

MAIN SHAPES 2019

Silmo2019Shapes

Main eyeglasses shapes 2019 (Silmo’s Trends Magazine)

FIERCE GEOMETRIC:

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MULTICOLORS:

Multicolors

ULTRA THIN TITANIUM frames:

BF850-Blackfin -LEVEN-col.938 - SIDE

ARCHI, inspired by architecture:

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ROUND:

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WIRE – just one line:GLCO Pershing GLCO_Liberty GLCO_Olive

ThomsenOne

New RIMLESS:

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70-s INSPIRED and authentic 70s:

Vintage70sW

Vintage 70s women (never been worn, of coarse)

70-s Inspiration

70s inspired at Providence Optical

Vintage 70sM

Vintage 70s men (never worn)

90s INSPIRED:

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3D PRINTED:

ProjectSamsen ProjectSamsenYellow

AO at Providence Optical

AO main plant today

American Optical main plant today. Now Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center

American Optical (Southbridge, MA) was originally formed in 1833 and is well known for for its contribution to the optical industry including many “firsts” in frame and lens design. Just to name a few of them:

1833 – first in America silver eyeglasses made by jewelers, 1843 – first steel spectacles made in America, 1848 – first gold frames, 1874 – first rimless spectacles, 1884 – first spherical lenses made of glass, 1893 – first toric lenses to correct astigmatism, 1907- automobile goggles, 1913 – UV protective glass lenses, 1921 – first lensometer introduced to measure lens power (which we proudly still use at Providence Optical, beside others), 1924 – progressive lens design, 1943 – development of anti-glare coating for small and large surfaces, 1980 – first scratch resistant hard coating on a lens, 1983 – first plastic photochromic lens, that change color when exposed to light…

We have a few pairs of sunglasses with original cases, made by American Optical. Lenses – tinted glass.

AO sunglasses with original case. Size 54

AO sunglasses with original case. Size 54

AO round, size 42 and 48

AO round, size 42 and 48

AO size 53 sunglasses

Size 53 x 19, tortoise

Size 53 x 19, black

Size 53 x 19, black. But marked as 55mm