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Introducing: Reiz Eyewear

We’d like to introduce the latest addition to our growing family of contemporary brands: Reiz Eyewear. Handmade in Germany, Reiz exhibits a super clean, contemporary look, while avoiding the pitfalls of overbearing, harsh geometries. Versatile shapes and muted colorways make these frames highly accessible to all, without being generic. Many of their designs utilize “M49,” a new eco-friendly acetate that’s recyclable and biodegradable without losing the aesthetic and functional advantages of traditional cellulose acetate.  Labrabbit is the only shop outside of the two coasts to carry this collection in the USA, making it a proud addition to our roster. Drop by and check them out!

Another Labrabbit exclusive: Lee Allen Eyewear

We’d like to introduce you to the latest addition to our eyewear family: Lee Allen Eyewear.  Labrabbit is honored to be the first and only shop in Chicago to carry this new line of handmade frames from Rhode Island.  Be sure to check out their website for more info on this exciting collection of limited edition spectacles.  The new wave of American eyewear craftspeople are absolutely killing it…keep up the good work, guys!

Labrabbit in Boutiqueville; Shop will be closed May 31st-June 4th

Nikki Dolson from Newcity spent the evening with us last week during our unconventional 2nd Annual Open House event, and made some very interesting observations.  Check out the full article on Boutiqueville, Newcity’s fashion blog.  Thanks, Nikki!

In other news, the shop will be closed from May 31st through June 4th.  Coyote will be hanging out in Baltimore for a few days, likely enjoying the many culinary specialties the city has to offer.  See you again on the 5th!

Racked “Indie 38″ List + Memorial Day Weekend hours

Labrabbit was just named one of the top independent retail shops in Chicago by Racked…awesome!  Our friends at Kokorokoko, Dethrose Vintage, The Vintage Bazaar, and about a half dozen other rad shops also made the list.  Thanks for the inclusion!

And it’s Memorial Day Weekend…party time!  The shop will be open on Friday and Saturday from 12-8 PM as normal, and closed on Sunday and Monday so we can pursue some BBQ disasters of our own.  We’ll resume normal hours on Tuesday.  Have fun this weekend!

HACKS: The 2nd Annual Labrabbit Open House + Best of 2012

It’s been a busy spring here at the shop, and we’re finally getting caught up with work…time to celebrate! We request the pleasure of your company at our 2nd Annual Open House event this Saturday.

In addition to its commercial function, the Labrabbit space also serves as a creative platform, as our window space is transformed in the latest in a series of forward-thinking installations. This time around we present “Hacked Memories,” an interactive media experience by Maria Tzeka. We don’t want to spoil the surprise, but the image above might give you a clue.

And what’s a party without food? For this event we move the snacking experience from the shop to the street, as we welcome the Tamalli Space Charros and their food truck/spaceship. As explained by their website, “TAMALLI SPACE CHARROS COLLECTIVE (TSCC) is a mobile tamaleria project inspired by Mexico’s ‘stridentist movement’, and Mexican wrestling sci-fi films. TSCC brings multimedia art and Mexican cuisine into an arena where boundaries will be crossed to explore and reinvent the Chicago food scene and through a social network.” Be sure to check out their website at http://tamallispacecharros.blogspot.com/

Finally, enjoy 30% off our entire stock of ophthalmic frames and sunglasses. See you Saturday!

(P.S. There will be a keg of Daisy Cutter on hand.)

Also, be sure to vote for us in the Chicago Reader’s “Best of 2012″ poll!  Last year we were voted #1 in the city, let’s see if we can do it again.  We work hard to bring the best vintage and contemporary eyeglasses to Wicker Park, but the competition is fierce!  Thanks for your continued support, and especially for supporting a local business.