Journal


As much as we love eyewear, it is more of an extension of our love for design & fashion. Here is a small selection of culture we are inspired by.


Friends of Black Optical - Antoine Harris

Black Optical was founded on the principles of caring for every guest as a friend, And we're happy to say that we've made a lot of friends during all our years of putting frames and lenses on people. So when we get the opportunity to turn the spotlight onto one of our clients, we always take the chance to show why we feel so lucky to work with some of the best people in the world. Antoine Harris is a dear friend of Black Optical with a killer collection of eyewear. We recently sat down with him for another installment...

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Best Vacation Frames

Planning a memorable summer trip? make sure you've got picture-perfect frames for the occasion. With COVID rates dropping and many parts of the country returning to a new normal, many are planning a well-deserved summer trip with family and friends. Whether you plan on escaping to the mountains, the beach, or indulging in the best city-life has to offer, Black Optical has you covered with the best options for a frame (and lenses!) that will get you through your summer vacation looking and feeling your best.  Below, we've featured a selection of some of our favorite frames depending upon your...

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Friends of Black Optical - THEBROSFRESH

Black Optical was founded on the principles of caring for every guest as a friend, And we're happy to say that we've made a lot of friends during all our years of putting frames and lenses on people. So when we get the opportunity to turn the spotlight onto one of our clients, we always take the chance to show why we feel so lucky to work with some of the best people in the world. THEBROSFRESH are dear friends of Black Optical. In addition to their music careers, brothers Thurman and Torrence Thomas have appeared in the pages of...

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An ode to summer in Oklahoma

In an ode to summer, a group of four friends spend the day enjoying the rolling plains of the beautiful Oklahoma countryside. Traversing the world-renowned Pawhuska Tallgrass Prairie in an old Chevy truck, they experience a dreamlike environment consumed by waves of tallgrass, fluttering butterflies, and wandering bison. Under the setting sun, the group basks in golden summer light and celebrates their unyielding friendship, youth, and wanderlust.

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Friends of Black Optical - Jane Warren

Black Optical was founded on the principles of caring for every guest as a friend, and we're happy to say that we've made a lot of friends during all our years of putting frames and lenses on people. So when we get the opportunity to turn the spotlight onto one of our clients, we always take the chance to show why we feel so lucky to work with some of the best people in the world. Jane Warren is a dear friend of Black Optical. She's appeared in some of our photos in the past, but we wanted to showcase...

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ERIN WASSON X VADA INTERVIEW

VADA was born as an extension of Katie Caplener’s jewelry brand founded in Austin, Texas. After Alexis Sepkovic came onboard, the pair began to design and release small batch eyewear. The pair joined us for an exclusive look at their collaboration with Erin Wasson.

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A conversation with Akoni designer Jeff Solorio

We sit down with the designer of former Dita fame to discuss his newest labor of love - Akoni. Solorio also provides his thoughts on luxury eyewear, sustainability in design, and why Japanese manufacturing is simply the best for frames.

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BLACK X BARRETT FOR KREWE

When premium eyewear curator Gary Black first partnered with KREWE Founder, Stirling Barrett, they set out to create a collection of striking mid-century, jazz-inspired silhouettes with a healthy dose of attitude. Now it’s time to meet the well-awaited encore of this electric collaboration — put your fingers on the pulse of the new Black x Barrett collection.

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We Won't Turn A Blind Eye to Racism & Injustice

We Won't Turn A Blind Eye to Racism & Injustice.

Black Optical stands in solidarity with the Black Community. Inclusion has been a core tenant of our business since opening in 2007 and now more than ever we remain committed to supporting the people and communities we serve especially our black community members, customers and friends.

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BLACK X BARRETT COLLECTION

Black x Barrett is back with four new optical frames for every personality. Whether you like your eyewear sleek and clean or fun and funky, we have the perfect pair for you.

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DOES BLACK OPTICAL HAVE YOUR VOTE?

Black Optical was selected as a finalist for the Vision Expo OPTImum Retail Award. This award celebrates independent retailers and allows them to showcase their products, stores, visions, and stories to the optical industry. 

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AS SEEN IN: NO TIME TO DIE

The limited-edition 007 collection, soon to be seen in NO TIME TO DIE. With a name synonymous with action, romance, and quintessential style, BARTON PERREIRA’s collaboration with 007 is a natural fit.

Available at BLACK OPTICAL.

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KREWE ACTIVE - WHATEVER MOVES YOU

"You shouldn’t have to sacrifice fashion or technology with active eyewear...

"Whether you’re going for a run or enjoying a day outside in the sun, KREWE ACTIVE sunglasses are designed with the same modern style that people love and expect from KREWE, all with a sport-ready construction and active-focused features, making them lighter with more grip and durable enough for any activity."

-Stirling Barrett, founder/creative director KREWE EYEWEAR

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MYKITA SUMMER 2019 - REMEMBER LOVE

PHOTOGRAPHY & ART DIRECTION- Mark Borthwick

WORDS & EYEGLASSES - Mykita

"Remember a place of just being. Remember passion. Remember joy. Remember beauty, thought and pleasure. Remember love".

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PATRON MAGAZINE - APRIL 2019

"One Morning Spring Awakened and Imagined Itself"

PATRON MAGAZINE - April 2019

PHOTOGRAPHY & ILLUSTRATIONS by GEOF KERN

CREATIVE DIRECTION by ELAINE RAFFEL

SET STYLING by NELLY ADHAM

SUNGLASSES PROVIDED by BLACK OPTICAL

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CELINE BY HEDI SLIMANE

While fans of Old Celine will always miss Phoebe Philo, Hedi Slimane ushered the collection into a new era for 2019 worthy of your attention.  The heavy oversized shapes are replaced with slimmer '60s silhouettes, slight wraps, and more discrete branding.  

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ASHER G EYEWEAR CASES

Sometimes the best solutions are the simplest. Asher G leather eyewear cases are designed to protect 2 pairs of your favorite sunglasses/eyeglasses. The case can even double as a clutch to hold your smartphone, cash, cards, & other personal belongings. Each leather case is handmade in Los Angeles USA.

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KUBORAUM EXPERINCE

Experince the world of Kuboraum at Black Optical -

Tulsa / Dallas / Oklahoma City.

Kuboraum Eyewear is the creative project founded by Livio Garziottin and Sergio Eusebi. Finding inspiration in organic, concrete, and monumental forms, each pair is hand carved, burned, embelished into a wearble scultpture that resembles Brutalist architecture more than a standard pair of eyeglasses. David Lynch, Oprah, & Lady Gaga, among other notables, are known to be fans of the designers.

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BEHIND THE FRAMES - SHANNON SMITH

Those who know us, know that our love of food in on par with our love eyewear. Well, when you combine the 2, magic happens.  Our fellow four-eyed friend Shannon Smith aka Beads and Basil shares her favorite spring recipe, along with a few words about her BLACK OPTICAL experience .... 

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Gary Black and Stirling Barrett for KREWE

Black and Barrett’s unique friendship stemmed from an appreciation for design, culture, and of course – eyewear.

This collaboration of ideas between friends has turned into a full fledged signature collection, complete with an array of mid century frames perfect for any vintage lover.

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CITIZENS OF TULSA

Gary Black sits down with Paul Paino on Citizens of Tulsa to discuss the story and foundation of Black Optical.

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INVISION MAGAZINE - AMERICA'S FINEST OPTICAL RETAILERS

Leading optical industry magazine InVision chose Black Optical Dallas among the 10 Finest Optical Retailers in America. Gary sat down with the magazine to talk design, philosphy, what it means to be a retailer in the digital age, and why Dallas is the best market for an Oklahoman to expand. Read an except after the jump, read the full interview at Invision Magazine.

Written by Heath Burslem for Invision Magazine. Photos by Max Kutz and Shayna Fontana.

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Sabah House Residence

Sabah House in residence at Black Optical Tulsa
Sabahs, an original shoe based on a traditional shoemaking method.

Celebrated for their quality, comfort and unique look, travels the world selling Sabahs, one pair at a time. Black Optial Tulsa is hosting a two day residency with the Dallas, TX based shoe designer.

Shop Sabah - Nov 17/18th 10am-6pm   After Hours Social -  Nov 17th 5-9pm 

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Studio Visit David Rose Salt Optics

Just minutes from the Black Optical showroom in Newport Beach, California, SALT. Optics HQ is tucked away among industrial warehouses and garages. When entering the offices, one is immediately struck by the friendly, laid-back atmosphere.  SALT., acronym for Sea, Air, Land, Timeless, is committed to creating quality eyewear with an effortless sensibility and a timeless aesthetic.

 

MEET DAVID ROSE, SALT. OPTICS HEAD DESIGNER:

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Sartorialnolift Interview

Ruben Burgess Jr. aka Sartorialnolift is sought out for his line drawings that have gained much attention in Dallas, even displayed in the windows of the high-style retailer Traffic LA. His continuous desire to experience life amongst others is exemplified through his works of art. Ruben’s vision for curated fashion aligns with Black Optical’s curation of hand-selected eyewear with our clients in mind. 

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THE DAILY GRIND

We asked Black Optical Alumni and coffee aficionado, Jason Betz, to teach us how to pour the perfect cup.

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New Staple Raw Edges

In a time when eyewear is in need of a reinvention, destructing a frame to its raw, seemingly unfinished elements give a tradition silhouette a well-needed graphic punch.

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Making Ahlem X Black Optical Collaboration

What goes into a collaboration? It's not just about the frames. Each case is unique in its own right. The handmade construction gives the cases a distinct one-of-a-kind appearance worthy of the impeccable frame construction.

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