Friday, May 20, 2016

Today is Independent Eyewear Day!



Celebrating the designers, products and shops that still embrace quality, service and beautiful handmade products. We still have a passion for this industry and love our customers and the products we represent. Not all eyewear is interchangeable, no matter how it's portrayed in the media or other advertisements. Stop in for expert frame styling, lens consultation and the largest collection of artisan eyewear in Maryland. Mention this post today or tomorrow and take $50 off your complete eyewear purchase or $25 off your frame/lenses only purchase. Let us show you the difference that decades of experience and the finest in quality can make!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram!






Along with FACEBOOK it's the place to get the most updates of all the happenings here at Paris West.


We have so many new and exciting things planned as we approach our 21st birthday...Amazing new collections from State Optical Co, Kirk & Kirk, Blackfin, Blake Kuwahara, PlaToy, Sabine Be, Marcel Wanders, WOOW, Roger Dutch Eyewear, iGreen Custom and more. New sunglass collections from reborn classics like Vuarnet, Revo and Randolph Engineering. New arrivals from our favorites, Bevel, Barton Perreira, Oliver Peoples, Mykita, Lindberg, Dita, Thom Browne, Theo, Anne et Valentin, Etnia Barcelona, JF Rey, Pro Design, LA Eyeworks, Jono Hennessey, Carter Bond, DeStijl, Oakley, Maui Jim, Kaenon, Persol, Cazal and so many others I can't mention them all.

Also our new "GoldStar Close Out Spex" shop within a shop is almost ready... where we have over 1000 amazing models available at closeout prices of 50% off.

We are also starting an "internet glasses trade in" where we will take your made in China glasses purchased on the web and credit you the full amount paid to the purchase of a new pair of amazing independently designed specs of your choosing. (Goldstar closeouts included.) We will then donate your old pair to the Lions Club or similar charity.

More updates are forthcoming so make sure you like us and follow us today!


Safilo by Marcel Wanders. Among the hundreds of new Spring styles in stock now!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

THE KALEIDOSCOPE COLLECTION by Kirk&Kirk. Arriving Now!





We are super proud to debut this amazing collection to the Baltimore market. Having been a supporter of Jason Kirk and his amazing work, going back almost a decade, we think this is his best collection yet.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Blackfin - Neomadeinitaly - In stock!

"Wake Up"... WOOW Eyewear is in stock now!


 From the cofounders of the iconic French line: FACE A FACE comes this irreverent, colorful and super stylish line. Pronounced "Wooooo" and not "Wow", each frame (and sunglass) comes with it's own unique message and is made in Italy.


Really, every frame model is a message unto itself.



From: "Super Duper", "Come On", "Never Mind", "Feel Good", "Wake Up", "Go Ahead" among many others.


There's a rumor that my employees have requested a model in my honor for a future release: the "Shut Up". But that's only speculation. In any event you should "Hurry Up" and check these out... We "Can't Wait" to see you.  :)

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Happy (almost) Valentine's Day!






















 I hope everyone is prepared for the alleged "most romantic day of the year"... I'm sure some of you have already bought your significant other their gift...wrapped it... and are sitting smugly at home sipping your hot chocolate laughing at the rest of the procrastinating masses.





You probably are the one who packs 3 weeks before your vacation too (congratulations). Oh well, this post isn't for you... however, if you're still at a quandary as to what to buy, let us suggest a less cliche option than chocolate or flowers...how about a shiny new pair of spectacles?? (or sunglasses for that matter.) We just received a shipment of beautiful new selections from our Belgian friends at Theo. In our opinion Belgian glasses are better than Belgian chocolates. Not that we're biased or anything.

















Not sure what to get? (there are thousands to pick from). Well don't despair... we have GIFT CERTIFICATES available too. So get up, get dressed (warmly, it's kinda chilly out) and meet us at the shop... either Downtown or Bel Air, you pick. Oh...you might wanna wait til we open at 10. ( I mean you waited this long, what's a few more hours?)

 See you soon and Happy Valentine's Day!!






Monday, December 21, 2015

Final Days of 2015! Store schedule and more.

Really? The year is almost over? That's what the calendar says anyway...but it also says it's the 1st day of winter and it's been like 60 degrees outside so what does the calendar know anyway?


 In any event we are down to our last 7 days of business for the year... so these are your last chances to come and use those expiring FSA dollars. Or to buy that amazing and unexpected gift for that person that has everything. Or because you know, you actually need new glasses.





 We also have lots of sunglasses in stock too (both prescription and non-prescription). Check out the all new Kaenon collection (downtown) and both Maui Jim and Oliver Peoples West (both downtown and Bel Air).


 Lots of colorful and unique hand made european designs that can't be found in the mall and aren't made in China like the knock-offs sold online.

 But that's enough babbling from me (for this year anyway), so without further ado here are the FINAL store days and hours for 2015!

Tuesday 12/22: 10-6
Wednesday 12/23: 10-6
Thursday 12/24: 10-6
Friday 12/25: Duh.   Merry Christmas!
Saturday 12/26: Back to work 10-5 Downtown 10-1 Bel Air
Sunday and Monday 12/27 and 12/28: Closed
Tuesday 12/29: 10-6
Wednesday 12/30: 10-6
Thursday 12/31: 10-6
Friday 1/1:  Happy New Year!
Saturday 1/2: 10-6 Downtown and 10-1 Bel Air


We hope to see everyone soon ! Have a great Holiday season and a happy and healthy New Year! And as always, THANK YOU for another amazing year!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide Volume 2 - Bel Air Edition: Oliver Peoples, Jono Hennessey and Zen Barcelona


 It's Small Business Saturday! You know what that means right? Of course, you do. You shake off your turkey induced stupor, hop in your car, and drive to your nearest Wal-Mart/Best Buy/Target/Mall and spend an hour looking for a parking space for the right to wrestle with your neighbors for that $36.89 TV or limited edition toaster oven/blender/hair dryer.

No... not really.

It means you support your locally owned and home grown small businesses that provide jobs, services and unique products for your community. And in this case helps Aubrey feed her 3 adorable (and hungry) children. (yes this is a gratuitous attempt to tug at your heart strings... if it doesn't work I'm breaking out pictures of sad puppies and kittens next time)


Besides... we have lots of new beautiful items in Bel Air ...including new limited edition silk embedded frames from Australian designer Jono Hennessey.


Also some funky interpretations of classic styles from Spanish design house - Zen Barcelona. And actual vintage designs from long time favorite Oliver Peoples. Rumor has it theres also a fresh coat of paint and free coffee too. What more could you ask for? So avoid the traffic and parking hassles of the mall or box stores (we have easy and free parking) and stop in and pick up a unique gift or gift certificate. Then afterwards you can stroll down Main Street (in actual authentic fresh air) grab some lunch and check out all the cool things our neighbors have to offer. Have a happy Saturday!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide. Volume 1- Downtown Edition: DITA, Bevel, Blake Kuwahara



 As we head towards the Holidays at a breakneck pace (Mentally I'm still in July...of 2001) it's time to start planning what to buy your significant and insignificant others for the Holidays. Or, if you're lucky and you have a stockpile of expiring Flexible Spending Dollars, you can plan on what to get for yourself.
 Since we have 2 locations (YES, really... that was so 2013) and they don't have identical inventories we will be doing various updates for both locations. This is for the one downtown...Bel Air will have lots of beautiful options available as well (some will be featured in forthcoming blog posts and on Facebook). Also look for a new store renovation (and a new haircut for Aubrey... maybe)

 In any event lets start with some old favorites: Bevel and DITA as well as a new collection from one of our all time favorite designers: Blake Kuwahara.

 We have beautiful optical and sunglass options from all 3 collections in the shop now...so if there's a family member or friend or co-worker who's still rocking the free insurance glasses they got in 1996 then you know what to do. And as always, GIFT CERTIFICATES are available.



Saturday, August 22, 2015

Gearing up for Fall.

Sorry for the extended time between posts... we've been too busy celebrating our 20th anniversary -us and the Ravens arrived about the same time, for the record we were here 1st :)   (by a few months anyway).

For a more regular update please visit (and LIKE) our FACEBOOK page as it's updated weekly.

So what do we have planned for the next 20 years? Glad you asked... I'm actually planning on taking a nap.


But before that I can promise you that we will be bringing in an awesome assortment of the coolest, most stylish and unique eyewear that the independent luxury market has to offer.

Among the new arrivals for fall include the first ever Paris West Optical private label collection (Limited Editions and ready to wear are here now). Also we will adding the Zen Barcelona collection in a matter of weeks. (pictured below)


Already in attendance are beautiful designs from Dita, Thom Browne, JF Rey, BOZ, Alain Mikli, Bevel, Theo, Anne et Valentin, Mykita, Lindberg, Philippe Stark, OVVO, Traction Productions, Volte Face, Barton Perreira, LA Eyeworks, Orgreen, Etnia Barcelona, Vinyl Factory, Milano 6769, Carter Bond, Pro Design -Denmark, Jono Hennessey, DeStijl, FRED, Tag Heuer, NW77th, Tom Davies, Waza and so many more that my feeble mind can't remember them all.

Stop in and lets start the Fall season with a sexy new pair of specs.


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentines Day! (our Spex are sweet but calorie free)


It's that time of year again...the point on the calendar that makes many mens' blood run cold with fear and dread. I'm talking about the end of football season of course...a close second on the list is the age old quandary of what original idea you're going to come up with for Valentines day. (I'm told a case of beer doesn't qualify as original OR romantic...what a bunch of crap.)


 If you're still not sure what to get your significant (or insignificant) other or others (no judgement), for this holiest of all made up commercial Holidays... wait, did that sound cynical?



hmmm... what did I want to say again??

look a cookie, I'll be right back.


oh, yeah, so anyway...if you want an original gift that won't die in a week or help spur the onset of diabetes then consider giving the gift of SPEX (eyeglasses, sunglasses and gift certificates available). Who knows, maybe you can drop the P shortly thereafter. (if you're into that sort of thing. I just want another cookie.)

Happy Valentines Day!

P.S. - we are open today 10-5
XOXO

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Spring Shades from Stella McCartney

It's never too soon to start thinking about your new Spring Sunglasses...the entire collection from Stella McCartney (among others) are now in the shop. Rihanna unfortunately is not. But our invitation remains open :)




Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Happy Holidays and end of year store hours!


We hope that everyone has an amazing Holiday season as we prepare to head into a brand New Year.It's been another fantastic year here at Paris West and we'd like to give a huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped make that possible. Before we head into 2015 (our 20th year BTW), we still have some business to attend to in 2014.

Here are our hours for the last days of 2014:


Wednesday December 24th 10-4 
Thursday December 25th: CLOSED-Merry Christmas!
Friday December 26th: 10-6 (Doc Larry is in and available)
Saturday December 27th: 10-5
Sunday December 28th: CLOSED
Monday December 29: 10-6 (RARE Monday open)
Tuesday December 30th: 10-6
Wednesday December 31st: 10-6
Thursday Jan 1st: CLOSED- Happy New Year!
Friday Jan 2nd: 10-6 (YES Doc Larry is in again)
Saturday Jan 3rd: 10-5

Don't forget we have Gift Certificates available for those last minute shoppers and make sure that you use your HSA/FSA Dollars!!



Saturday, November 29, 2014

Today is Small Business Saturday!



Stop in and see what's new! Tons of new arrivals from independent design houses like these from Coco Song.


Also like these from Orgreen Optics. Need a gift idea? We can help...and we also have GIFT CERTIFICATES available.

Don't forget your sunglasses...we have a ton available with prescription or without. Might even be a good idea to use your HSA/FSA flex dollars...just saying :)

We promise no lines, no pushing and no fights...so stop in and say hi!~

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Coming soon: New Volte Face


We just had the privilege of seeing the new Fall releases from Volte Face and french designer Fabienne Coudray-Meisel and there's only one word that comes to mind... WOW.


An absolute amazing combination of beautiful colors and shapes...




Lets hope these get through customs quickly :)


Saturday, August 16, 2014

OVVO Optics...now in stock!

Check out this cool video!
http://vimeo.com/47808900


 Handcrafted from surgical steel and titanium in Europe. Takes 65-85 production steps to manufacture.
 During testing hinges are opened and closed 300,000 times (equivalent to 205 years of usage) - they reveal no changes in structure or appearance.
Fully hypoallergenic some models are painted up to 8 times to assure a lasting beautiful color. When stretched OVVO frames can lift up to 90 lbs. (or pull a plane - check out their facebook page). When wearing the user can see through concrete walls and levitate.  -OK I made the last part up, just seeing if anyone is paying attention  :)