Paul Wilcox, owner of Art & Eyes, is our local eye glass expert. He is the perfect guy to help you find the proper shade to fit your face, mood or style. He has SCOUTED the world for high quality, one-of-a-kind frames to his store on Magazine Street to create New Orleans’ most cutting-edge, chic optical shop. Their collection is for customers who understand luxury to be quality craftmanship rather than branding, who value innovative design rather than trendiness.
ABOUT THE ICON OLIVER GOLDSMITH
First to see glasses as fashion accessories, first to make sunspecs, first to make ‘winter sunglasses,’…first to work alongside fashion houses to create one-off pieces for the catwalks, first to appear in Vogue and Queen, and first to be endorsed by celebrities and Royals, Oliver Goldsmith pioneered a whole new concept. Eye Wear.
Sunglasses continued to gain high profile status during the 1960’s & 1970’s and a selection of unusual designs started to appear. OG’s were becoming not only a means of protecting eyes from the sun, but also a fashion statement. Dress designers such as Dior and Givenchy commissioned Goldsmith to create frames that would complement their seasonal collections. The stars regularly visited Goldsmith’s Poland Street showroom included Grace Kelly, Peter Sellers, Nancy Sinatra, Ursula Andress and Nina Simone. The visitors’ book they autographed can still be seen in the OG showroom today.
Think 20th Century icons. Grace Kelly. Peter Sellers. Michael Caine in his signature black spectacles. Audrey Hepburn in the big white glasses that framed her elfin face. Iconic style makers – Givenchy, Dior and Vidal Sassoon.
Think cult films of the fifties and sixties – The Ipcress File and Harry Palmer, Charade and Two for the Road. They’ve all got one thing in common. Oliver Goldsmith. In the second half of last century, when it came to eyewear, Oliver Goldsmith was synonymous with stars and style.
Finding the perfect frame with Paul is more fun than you can imagine (as you can see below!). He will whisk you away to the French Riviera or the ski slopes in Aspen, to then bring you back down to earth and remind you that you’re scouting the perfect frame so that you don’t have to wear your Ray-Ban’s to Jazz Fest just like everyone else. Now, I am a girl who loves a good pair of Ray-Ban’s, but having your own style exuded through a fine pair of glasses gives you that oohlala feeling like nothing else. Trust me, I have the OG’s above, and I am in love.
Art & Eyes
3708 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70115
Tues – Sun, 11am – 7pm
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