Best Places For Designer Frames In Seattle

April 12, 2016 5:00 AM

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When looking for independent eyeglass frames shops, one thing you’ll be sure to find: Lots of clever play-on-words store names. You’ll also find a lot more personality, in frames and in personnel than you will at the big box stores. The owners are just like you. They wear glasses and they want to look good in them. Whether you are looking for a simple pair of reading glasses or want to create a whole new look for yourself, you’ll want to consider this five fine shops in Seattle.
4 Your Eyes Only Optical
4417 Wallingford Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 547-7430

Change is hard, but after 30 years of staying in one place, 4 Your Eyes Only moved… across the street in Wallingford Center. Though the digs are new, the service and family-friendly environment have stayed the same and you can tell by the name that they are fun with work with as well. This shop specializes in hand-crafted eyewear from independent designers, many from all around the world. Barbara and Vickie are not interested in selling you a pair of glasses. They want to find the pair of glasses that you love and can afford.

Seattle Eye M.D.s Optical Shop
523 Pine St., Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 267-9500

The Optical Shop at Seattle Eye M.D.s offers one of the largest selection of glasses frames that you’ll find anywhere. In addition to selling designer label brands like Dolce & Gabbana, Tom Ford, and Ray Ban, the shop also offers a selection of boutique luxury frames and a wide selection of Oakley and Maui Jim frames. They also specialize in sports vision and prescription sunglasses too. And though their frames are quality and “high end,” the prices often to do not reflect that. And if you are not too concerned about whose name is printed on your eyewear and would rather get a functional, but nice pair, they can help you out there too.

Oculus Eyecare
740 Denny Way
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 588-1241

Dr. Jeff Woerner says that his team of professionals “care about how you see the world and how the worlds sees you,” which is a fancy way of saying that they don’t only want you to look good in your glasses, but they want you to see well too. Oculus opened in the South Lake Union as the neighborhood’s first optometry practice and frame shop in 2013. And though his shop is still fairly new, he is not. Dr. Woerner has over 16 years of eye care experience and is looking forward to many more.

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Ottica Seattle
2025 1st Ave., Suite C
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 443-0320

Now you have another excuse to go shopping at Pike Place Market: eye care! Ottica is just a few feet away from the market and offers hard to find optical frames from Japan and Europe. Owner Arlene Phillips believes that frames “highlight the uniqueness of faces and personalities” and she is a believer that she can find a style and frame that looks like it was created for you personally.

Eyes On Fremont
4254 Fremont Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 634-3375

Eyes on Fremont’s owners, Stan Jonasson and Linda Jangaard, have an interesting business model. They work directly with designers (often in Paris of all places) so they can get the looks they want and keep the prices reasonable. Because of this, they tout that you’ll be able to find some of the newest stylings before your friends will! This year, the shop created its’ own frame line designed by the Eyes on Fremont staff. As a bonus, they believe in community and support a number of local charities and businesses.

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Jeffrey Totey is a freelance writer living in Seattle. He has a love for the arts and is a student of pop culture. He covers stories about the performing arts, theater, museums, cultural events, movies and more in the greater Seattle area. His work can be found at

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