We love a good success story from our belle ville, Montreal. And this is surely a good one.
Ten years ago a Montreal native by the name of Corey Shapiro launched a company called, Vintage Frames. As the name implies, the team handpicks designer vintage eyewear and curates collections for fashion & optical boutiques worldwide, as well as for their own web store. Corey Shapiro is in fact, the personal eyewear stylist for pop stars such as Lady Gaga, Jay-Z, the Roots – among so many more. This can be credited to Vintage Frames’ wildly diverse eyewear collection of original unworn brand name glasses from the 50’s to the 80’s, with brands that include Cazal, Neostyle, Dior, Persol, Ray-Ban, Porsche, Dunhill, Gucci and Laura Biagiotti. So, the next time you spot some fly vintage glasses in a magazine or video, you can pretty much bet that they were placed by Montreal’s, Vintage Frames.
Their unprecedented selection of frames are chosen by their conversant “fashion historian” staff, on their many globe trotting travels; which allows them to offer their clients a unique shopping experience, by not only styling them with the best, but by also providing the history and background on the craftsmanship of the frames.
And even though Vintage Frames is a globally recognized fashion entity, they’ve chosen to call Montreal home. In honour of the brand’s 10-year anniversary, the company has launched their first flagship store called L’Archive, in the heart of St. Henri (4411 Notre Dame West). The store is truly like no other in this city; with the entrance fashioned as a venerable library, implying an impressive collection of vintage designer eyewear – 5,000 frames to be exact.