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.

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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


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=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

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


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


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


Charlestonby Blackfin in Matte Black-and-Imperial Yellow

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



Main eyeglasses shapes 2019 (Silmo’s Trends Magazine)






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ARCHI, inspired by architecture:

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WIRE – just one line:GLCO Pershing GLCO_Liberty GLCO_Olive




70-s INSPIRED and authentic 70s:


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

70-s Inspiration

70s inspired at Providence Optical

Vintage 70sM

Vintage 70s men (never worn)


Steiner sunGLCO


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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

Paris in July with Lucas de Staël

Eyewear designer Lucas de Staël and Onega Astaltsova at his workshop in Paris, July 2018

Eyewear designer Lucas de Staël and Onega Astaltsova at his workshop in Paris, July 2018

We recently visited award-winning eyewear designer Lucas de Staël’s very first eyewear boutique, which he opened in the Marais district of Paris in January of this year, and we just had to share the experience with you!  In collaboration with architect Nicolas Omet, de Staël created a space in the where oak, steel and leather – Staël’s trademark frame material — play off each other and interact with the eyewear on display.

The modular wall on the right features 900 magnets – evoking the design of de Staël’s famous “Le Trinocle” accessory that uses a magnet to allow for different combinations of a binocle, a mirror and a magnifying glass.  Arrayed in an industrial monochrome pattern, the magnets allow for an infinite variety of arrangements of the metal shelves that showcase some of the eyewear.

In other portions of the shop, eyeglasses are suspended on netting affixed to a brick wall and seem to be suspended in mid-air (thanks to invisible plastic holders) against a backlit white wall.  A plant conservatory adds a natural aura of soft beauty and relaxation to the experience.

Pendant lamps with cow-leather shades, made in de Staël’s workshop, provide soft, focused illumination and are available for sale.  Likewise, his sleek oak and steel storage drawer cabinets and “schoolboy chairs” are available for purchase.

Providence Optical has proudly carried de Staël’s Undostrial and LDS lines since their inception.  Come try on some of this century’s finest innovation in eyewear!


Modular wall at Lucas de Staël store, Paris


Leather frame Minotaure 1900 was inspired by Art Nouveau.


General view of the store with tropical plants in the background


Leather light pendants at Lucas de Staël store, Marais, Paris.   Leather — cow and goat — is a one of de Staël’s characteristic frame materials.   He also uses snake, stingray and iguana skins for special projects.



Blackfin CEO Nicola Del Din: A Passion for Nature and Innovation

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Blackfin logo- cookies

We like to think about glasses with a difference, glasses with style but also with forward thinking design and functionality in mind. A brand that will gives us exactly this at it’s very best and so much more is Blackfin. Blackfin is an inspiring independent brand that uses three different cultures to make their glasses look so good, these are from  Italy to keep their Italian style,  Japan for it’s material & technology and Northern Europe for it’s information technology. Its hard to have one way of thinking when using three different cultures, but they believe its the only way for the future to move forward, and we couldn’t agree more.

Situated in the Agordo, Italy, nestled in the Dolomite Mountains and surrounded by fragrant forests, the Blackfin facility continues the legacy established by CEO Nicola Del Din’s mother, when she founded Pramaor eyewear in 1971.  Our colleague from OpticMagazine (Russia) had the opportunity to sit down with Del Din at MIDO international  eyewear show in Milan a couple of months ago to ask him about his vision for the company and what he’s proudest of.

Chris wears ARC by Blackfin

Chris wears ARC by Blackfin. Model ARC received special prize at SILMO (Paris) in 2017

The company was started in 1971 by the current CEO’s mother and he believes that with the service of the internet they are just where they need to be right now, offering both exceptional customer service and advanced technology with their product. His father sadly passed away in 1998, he took over the company and was forced to change strategy. In 2008 he decided to go with a fresh approach – they now have 47 years production and experience of technology under their belt, which has given them a new approach, new ideas and a completely different mentality.  However, they will always continue to be Italian in their design, way of life and production.

In 2012, Del Din made the decision to work solely in titanium and beta-titanium (an alloy created for extraordinary flexibility) which gives their frames a stylish edge as well as being extremely lightweight and durable. Titanium is in fact one of the purest metals available in the industry.  It is strong, light-weight (40% less than steel), non-allergenic, durable, biocompatible and non-toxic – all in keeping with the pristine natural surroundings of the Blackfin facility.BF Marrowstone,2018Meticulous craftsmanship also is part of the formula.  Creating a Blackfin frame requires 53 steps, which Del Din refers to not as “processes” but rather as “rites of passage”.  That says it all. “Blackfin is a brand that has always invested in research and innovation, our goal being to offer a product of absolute excellence”, said Del Din while receiving prize for Technological Innovation at Silmo (Paris) in 2015. Innovation is a special way to hold lenses in a frame, called Shark-lock. Up until 2010 Blackfin were producing for bigger companies, but the margin was minimal so they had to rethink their process. As usual it wasn’t an easy change but they eventually found their way on a new and exciting road. Their marketing strategy a year ago was “the sky is the limit”, for some limits can be a problem, but Blackfin certainly exceeded those. The brand is all about looking beyond and they are always looking to update their products, as well as continuing to learn. This is why they believe in being different, because they were once alone in this field and wanted to make a change, which was difficult but also achievable. 

Blackfin now has a number of distributors in Europe, USA, Canada, Russia, Mexico and Asia and they wont be stopping there. Drop by Providence Optical to see for yourself what makes these frames so standout, with our new range hand picked by our opticians specially for you.  

Blackfin 2018

Blackfin ARGYLE

Blackfin ARGYLE