For those who need to wear them, glasses are an indispensable necessity, but they are also an opportunity for expression of your own personal taste and of appreciation of the skilled craftsmen who make exquisite eyewear.
Behind the looking glass
At Mitsukoshi Nihombashi, a visit to the dedicated Glasses Salon begins with a look at each individual’s needs, starting at the eye clinic for a free full ocular examination at the in-house optician and consultation on specific requirements. Customers are then guided through an extensive selection of luxury, rare and remarkable eyewear that truly elevates the medium to that of jewellery and kōgei traditional Japanese crafts.
The luxury selection includes jewellery frames in various shades of gold and platinum, also featuring precious stones, that will complement your own personal collection of rings and watches. Traditional Japanese crafts are respected mediums for glasses in Japan and are well represented in a rare selection of tortoiseshell frames from some of Japan’s most prestigious kōgei craftsmen, who have been working with the material for generations.
The art behind the frame
Beyond the range of honey, amber and blackened hues you might expect, you will also find contemporary craftsmen offering updated versions of tortoiseshell, as cutting-edge techniques for dyeing the material in a range of colours, which has opened up a new frontier in this long-established art. In addition, customers will find designs in wood, buffalo horn and even solid synthetic opal that make the Glasses Salon a one-stop destination for serious eyewear connoisseurs. There is is also a wealth of conventional designs from the biggest names in Japan, as well as international brands to suit all tastes.
Beyond the Glasses Salon, the store regularly hosts Glasses Fairs on the seventh floor to bring in fresh designs from Japan and around the world, as well as to see what the fashion world can bring to this exciting fashion accessory.
Location: Glasses Salon, seventh floor, Nihombashi Mitsukoshi main building
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