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KREWE’s Brilliant Cat Eye Sunglasses, Octavia

Octavia is large and in charge. These brilliant cat eye sunglasses were introduced to KREWE’s collection in late 2016 starting with four colors:

Octavia’s Unique Colors!
Interstellar to Black 24K (tortoise like pattern with iridescent flecks)
Black with crystal 24K (sleek and shiny black with crystal accents)
Plume to Champagne 24K (feature below)
Magnolia Rose Gold (pearlescent white with mirrored lenses)

While KREWE only lists this style as recommended for a heart shaped face, we’d say the softer angular shape of Octavia is suitable for a round face as well. Actually, we’ve seen this particular model work well with oval and squared faces – so really, we think all shapes should try this out.

Simply put, Octavia is exceptional in optical, not just opulent and unique cat eye sunglasses.

KREWE Octavia, Unique glasses, Houston AllenaThis frame is NOT just diverse in color but also fit.
If you’re looking for the perfect prescription cat eye sunglasses or just oversized unique glasses, we certainly recommend Octavia! This is great choice if frames are always too small and you need glasses for a wide face. KREWE’s page lists the style as part of their Asian fit eyewear collection (aka universal fit), likely due to the longer than average nose pads. (read more on the challenge of finding eyewear that fits: advice for petite faces, big noses, shallow bridges, wide faces, etc.)

Prescription Sunglasses that Aren’t Boring

Love that rose gold mirror lens? Or maybe you envision something a little different like Octavia in black with colorful lenses… You don’t have to sacrifice personal style or lens quality, we’ve got you covered if you’re looking for unique prescription sunglasses or want to achieve the same look KREWE offers with your correction.

Want KREWE sunglasses with your prescription? Message us (you don’t have to be in Houston)


Octavia measures 54-18-140 and features hardware plated in 24K gold for a “luxurious finish and lasting durability”.
KREWE’s Description
Octavia’s oversized silhouette, with its unique metal inlay, makes for a lightweight frame that reimagines the Uptown street’s late 20th-century architecture.


We call Octavia a pair of brilliant cat eye sunglasses because of superior qualities like diverse fit due to the shape and design coupled with unique colors. Bonus: We’ve got a sneak peek at some of the unique and colorful cat eye options in KREWE’s near future, or at least we’re hoping they make it to production. Pics soon, stay tuned.

What are your #Caturday plans? Holi? Art Fair? Brunch?

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Mid-Century Cat Eye Glasses: Tang by Victory

An iconic mid-century cat eye.


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Tang was originally released in 1952 by Victory.[1] The sharp upsweep is distinctive and the shape is one of the most recognizable styles of women’s fashion in the 50’s and 60’s.

  • Eyewear Advertising Archive - Tang cat eye Victory autumn edition
  • Eyewear Advertising Archives sophisticated women's fashion and style mid-century Cat Eye
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  • Eyewear Advertising Vult - tang elegant beautiful


Decades after this frame’s debut, Victory brought it back with a slightly softer form. The current reincarnation comes in a growing number of colors and several limited editions. We know the white horn, shown above on our furry friend Frankie, is currently being phased out.

Many women choose black, tortoise, or red as a staple to their accessory collection. Not only are these colors versatile and simply stylish, they’re an effortless transition from casual to formal.

If you’re looking to go bold, make a pop in pastel pink, blue, or mint.

  • Pointy cat eye in five colors. Retro style
  • Light muted pink cat eye with pointy tips
  • Mint green pastel cat eye - wintergreen taffy by Victory (Tang)
  • Bay be pink pastel cat eye with pointy tips
  • Classic black or red cat eye by Victory with pointy tip

This is one of our go to cat eye frames and boy it’s a hot seller.

Send a message to inquire about availability, our current stock, or prescription mail order (single vision only).
make contact

Tang by @victoryoptical – originally released in 1952 – so popular 6 more versions were added throughout the 50's & 60's #TBT

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Mid-Century Cat Eyes

(updated – adopted) Dogs in Glasses: Spotlight on Buttercup!

We just heard the good news! Buttercup has a home in Arlington, Texas!

From the photographer’s Facebook post:

I am living it up in Arlington, Texas! I love my Mom and my 15 year old Staffy brother who was adopted a few years ago through Susie’s Senior Dogs!
Big Thanks to Beth Sparks-Jacques for sponsoring her photoshoot and to Susie’s Senior Dogs for sharing her photo and Great Job Animal Justice League!

An adorable rescue who is ready to find a forever home.

This mature lady (~8 years old) clearly has her own style and likes to accessorize (wearing Olivia). She has also worked toward perfecting her etiquette and confidence with the Texas Dogfather.
You can read Buttercup’s full story in the Facebook comments below and contact the Animal Justice League for more information.

How It Works..

1. Poor, pitiful dog seen roaming the streets catches the attention of an entire neighborhood.

2. Dog…

Posted by Robyn Arouty on Friday, January 20, 2017

Have a full home?

Consider sponsoring a rescue’s glamour shots to increase their chances of finding a special place.

These Dogs in Glasses are out of this World

Of course we have a huge soft spot for dogs in glasses!

Actually, we get a warm and fuzzy feeling every time we spot ANY creature sporting a pair of specs, especially after a ruff day. As such, we present you with a collection of recent galaxy glamour shots from our bespectacled friend, Robyn.
     adoption and frame details are listed below

  • Dog in Sunglasses White Round Olivia by Kala
  • Adopt Pearl! White dog wearing sunglasses, mirrored Dauphine. SS16
  • Eve is available for adoption through Westie & Scottie Rescue Houston.
  • Little white dog in glasses. Adopt Precious in Houston
  • Samantha is available for adoption through PUPS Prevent Unwanted Pets.
  • Little dog in glasses, red vintage kids glasses
  • Simon is available for adoption through PUPS Prevent Unwanted Pets.
  • Mona is available for adoption through Westbury CARE

  • Adopt Maximus, dog in glasses with clipped ears from Pasadena Texas
  • Little Lola is full of energy and wants to go running with you. White dog.
  • Pebbles with spots in vintage kids glasses. from Jamie's Animal Rescue
  • Lincoln is full of love. Gray and white with a big smile.
  • Kids vintage glasses on little dog, Vinnie. Chinese Crested mix
  • Roxie modeling vintage cat eye glasses.
  • Frankie, black dog wearing cat eye glasses in white (Tang by Victory)
  • Dede will play dressup or watch TV.
  • Beautiful Beau is adoptable through Best Friends Furever

All of these QT’s are looking for a forever home right here in Houston.

Not in Houston? Transportation can be arranged, no problem!

Visit this site for specific information on each dog. Out of this world photos by Robyn Arouty and yes, these aren’t Photoshoped images of dogs in glasses, it’s the real deal and she really did get them to wear the frames!

Have a full home?

Consider sponsoring a rescue’s glamour shots to increase their chances of finding a special place.

Frankie, black dog wearing cat eye glasses in white (Tang by Victory) Read about this iconic mid-century cat eye and its 21st century reintroduction.

Smith’s Opticians, Now with Online Shopping

The ONLINE selection of glasses is just a representation of what you’ll find in the store.
Think of this website as the boutique version of Philip Brown’s Optical Emporium (aka Smith’s Opticians).

We hope you tell everyone you know, especially the out-of-town folks who always love your specs!

Our physical store will remain home to Houston’s largest selection of glasses with 1,000’s of choices!

Yes, it’s true, Smith’s long rumored website, with online shopping, has arrived!
New eyeglasses, sunglasses, and information are added regularly.
The site is technically still in beta (testing) so please be patient and nice with your constructive criticisms.

Now you can browse some of our favorite independent designer glasses and new old stock vintage, all from the comfort of your home, pj’s, bath tub, favorite cafe, or wherever else you may prefer.

We’ll even mail any of these fine frames, with or without single vision lenses (current prescription required), to you or as a gift, anywhere in the U-S-A.

If you don’t find the perfect glasses on our shiny new website and can’t visit the shop,
send a message and we’ll search high and low.

What!? When did all of this happen?


KREWE Pop-Up at Saint Cloud

Kristin (aka LoveKDot Instagram) rockin' St. Louis and Octavia sunglasses by KREWEWe asked KREWE to come join in on the Super Bowl fun this weekend in Houston!

A few surprises ensure as we team up with Saint Cloud, who is graciously hosting, and MALK, providing yummy refreshments.

It’s also a great opportunity to get your Valentine/Galentine gift all squared away, just sayin’.

Event Details:
Saint Cloud
Friday, February 3rd, 11 AM to 5 PM
5217 Kelvin Dr. – Rice Village
[Facebook Event] | [map]

Can’t make it? Send us a direct message on our Instagram & we’ll see what we can do.

Smith’s Opticians has stocked KREWE’S full collection since 2013.

Stop in the shop or call for inventory inquires if you’re looking to put your prescription in a KREWE frame, need an adjustment, or just want to check them out.

As the brand and products have evolved Philip continues to be impressed, which many of you know is a difficult task.

Keep an eye and ear out for KREWE’S exclusive, custom designed acetate releases and optical relaunch this year.


Where to Find Houston’s Biggest Selection of Glasses

Here’s the official word on the location and fate of Houston’s biggest selection of glasses, Smith’s Opticians, or as we sometimes call it, Philip Brown’s Optical Emporium.

If you popped in for a visit or drove by the shop in 2016 you may have noticed the giant FOR SALE sign on the building.

2016 was quite the roller coaster ride for us… Good thing we are a ‘glass half full’ kind of team!

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RIP Astroworld (by JohnnyUpsidedown)

Wait! WHAT is Going on?

The short answer, a lot – including expanding our selection and launching this very website. Continue to get the general details and read the official story or skip to the outcome.



One day, in 2015, a large board that read “FOR SALE” curiously appeared on the pole of the old neon sign at the corner of Austin and Wheeler.

Talk about an unnerving surprise! In Houston’s real estate market anything is possible and many of you didn’t realize this was a rental property. Moreover, Smith’s has been in Houston’s Third Ward for over 40 years and had never imagined calling another place home!

For awhile it was unclear if the building was actually for sale.

The uncertainty continued for quite some time, literally over the course of several months and into the summer of 2016.

In that time Philip worked diligently to explore the options. While we hoped to purchase the property there were a lot of barriers to realizing that dream and it seemed like just as many to moving.

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Philip’s dedication brought an answer in July 2016.
We can now say, with relief, that the location we have all come to know and love will remain the home of Smith’s Opticians for the foreseeable future!


“Wow!! so what’s next?”

There’s a lot of cleaning to do (we started upstairs)

More parking!
It has been years since the building got a fresh coat of paint.
Expanded floor space & selection – even more glasses!
Stay tuned for updates on our store hours and details about any other changes – like when we kick off renovations.

Think: “Bigger, Better, Only Looks Fancier!”

 We won’t can’t change too much, promise.

Wrapping things up…

Last but certainly not least! We wouldn’t be where we are without YOU! Seriously, we appreciate it!

To keep going strong, as a team, we need your help to spread the word…
tell everyone you know, shout it from the hills – well, we don’t have hills but – from the dives and patio bars to the Petroleum Club.

Read more about the launch of our LONG rumored website with online shopping.

Comming Soon…

Call for Models: add eyewear model to your resume
Why we don’t work on commission or play hard ball with the sales pitch

Shop Houston Last Minute

Need to do some last minute holiday shopping in Houston?

We’ve got a few suggestions on where you can find thoughtful and unique gifts. The map below is categorized and includes all of these shops plus many more.

The icon indicates hours for 12/24 (Christmas Eve Day) & any additional special holiday hours.

Oh yeah, in case you didn’t know, you can purchase a Smith’s Opticians gift card online.

Quite possibly the most practical and fashionable gift card in town.

There are so many great places in Houston we surely missed at least one or two.

2016 Houston Holiday Markets

Houston Holiday Market List

Holiday Markets to Shop Small  2016

Visit these inner-loop events for all of your holiday gifting needs. Not only are they full of local artist and makers but every event is hosted by a Houston small business or historic/cultural organization.

We’ll update when we hear of more.
please email us a link if we missed one!

Friday, December 16

Navidad on the Esplanade
          details (16th & 17th)      official website
          6 to 10 PM @ Navigation Esplanade
          2800 Navigation Blvd, Houston, Texas 77003 [map]
          Ornament decorating for kids of all ages.

Saturday, December 17

HMAAC’s 1st Santa’s Workshop Community Market
          details (this is the 2nd of 2 dates)
          10 AM to 4 PM @ Houston Museum of African American Culture
          4807 Caroline St, Houston, Texas 77004 [map]
          arts and crafts gift making station, family friendly, pics with Santa
          WALKING distance from Smith’s
13 celsius’ 10th Annual Wine Sale & Customer Appreciation Event
          12 to 4 PM @ 13 celsius
          3000 Caroline St, Houston, Texas 77004 [map]
          Featuring Amaya Roasting Company’s locally roasted coffee, Weights and Measures’ fresh-baked bread, local honey from Bee2Bee, and Houston Dairymaids with cheeses & advice for pairings.
Navidad on the Esplanade
details (this is the 2nd of 2 dates)      official website
          3 to 10 PM @ Navigation Esplanade
          2800 Navigation Blvd, Houston, Texas 77003 [map]
          Ornament decorating for kids of all ages.


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Join KREWE in NOLA for a Party

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Did you know Smith’s Opticians has been stocking KREWE du optic since 2013?
We met online in July 2013, there was immediate chemistry, and it didn’t take long for us to make the relationship official. To be honest, we’re still feeling the magic after three years and things just keep getting better. Heck, it seems like we JUST had our first Skype chat and to this day new KREWE shipments make it feel like Christmas morning at the shop!

Now it’s time to take the relationship to the next level, an intimate weekend in New Orleans, and you can join in on some of the fun.



WHAT?  Early access to KREWE du optic’s annual sample sale, special performances, parties, and a dozen local shops / restaurants with an exclusive friends and family discount.

WHERE? New Orleans, the Ace Hotel, & Preservation Hall

WHEN? October 7-9, 2016


Buy your all access pass at KREWE’S website & say hi if you see us there!


Love KREWE but need prescription lenses?

No problem…
Smith’s stocks their entire collection (check with us for current inventory or special orders). We offer custom lenses in both prescription and nonprescription. Options include vivid and colorful polarized lenses, custom tints, clear lenses (aka plano, fashion, optical) and over a dozen mirrored treatments (watch out, mirror coatings are delicate).

Krewe St Louis Sunglasses
Photo | Mars Varela

Already have a KREWE frame you love? We can put custom lenses in your frames or professionally adjust them for a better fit.

If you’re looking to replace a stock lens we suggest you contact their friendly customer service team. If for some odd reason they’re unable to locate an item for you reach out to us, it never hurts to ask.

Don’t live in Houston but still want to put your prescription in a Krewe du optic frame? Contact us for details.


Last but not least, shout out to the 4 additional KREWE stockists in Houston: Tootsies | Cake WalkKuhl-Linscomb | Club Monaco at The Galleria (Club Monaco was actually their first national stockist.)