Don’t be fooled by the name: “Conservatoire International de Lunettes”

Alfredo Salazar, Paris-based Mexico-born photographer  in model 404 by Conservatoire International de Lunettes.

As we introduce New Englanders to an amazing and diverse collection that we discovered on a trip to Europe last month, we thought it appropriate to explain a little about the name Conservatoire International de Lunettes, which playfully juxtaposes truth and a little bit of fantasy.

Further seems forever, by Carlotta Cattaneo, an Italian graphic designer. Interpretation of model 107 for Conservatoire International de Lunettes.

Truth:  It really does involve a conservatory  –  not just one creator, but a whole school of artists, philosophers (yes, philosophers!) and entrepreneurs with brilliant minds and incredible talent.  These frames express their varied cultural backgrounds and professional experiences of their creators. Artists from all over the world came with their diverse style and methods to illustrate their personal vision of Conservatoire glasses. They incorporated Conservatoire in  their art works.


To see or not to see by Luca Rossato, an Italian photographer. Model 107 for Conservatoire International de Lunettes.

Truth:  The Conservatoire International de Lunettes collection embraces the classics, like tortoiseshell acetate, and marries it to modern creativity, like transparent layered color inside the frame, or thin metal temples.  The result is classic reinterpreted in a sleek, sophisticated style.



Fiction:  The name Conservatoire International de Lunettes is French, but the company is Italian, based in Milan, fashion mecca and home of the finest optical acetate products in the world.

Visit us to experience the very best of Italian craftsmanship, design, technology and fashion.

Linda Farrow Projects Sunwear Has Arrived!


Helmet style sunglasses from the Linda Farrow Projects collection provide full coverage and an edgy style statement.


Originally a clothing designer, Linda Farrow was one of the first to treat sunglasses as an important element of a fashion ensemble.  She launched her eyewear collection in 1970 and the line quickly became a must-have among stylish Londoners and the international jet set.  Shapes that she pioneered, such as the wrap-around worn by Yoko Ono in the 1970s, remain in style and in high demand today. 

 After 40 years of cutting-edge design as a soloist, Linda Farrow has moved to a new level through collaboration with leading fashion designers, including Dries Van Noten, Oscar de la Renta, Alexander Wang, The Row, Jeremy Scott, Agent Provocateur, Kris Van Assche, Boris Bidjan Saberi and Matthew Williamson.  While others have collaborated with one designer at a time, Linda Farrows’ approach to multiple, simultaneous collaborations has given birth to a collection of breathtaking diversity and creativity, ranging from elegantly feminine to edgy unisex and manly styles.  Dubbed the Linda Farrows Project, or LFP line, this collection incorporates one sunglass style designed by each collaborator.

Providence Optical is pleased to announce the new arrival of a complete line of sunglass eyewear from the Linda Farrows Projects, including all of the designs you see in this posting.  We particularly like this fun Alexander Wang frame with zipper-inspired edging, which can hold a prescription lens. 


These fun Alexander Wang sunglasses can accomodate prescription lenses.


Watch our Facebook page for a full album of the styles that we have on hand. 


Linda Farrow sunglasses based on a Todd Lynn design