Boutique eyewear brand Ollie Quinn has opened its doors in Leslieville at Queen and Logan, marking the next phase of its community-focused Canadian expansion.
Ollie Quinn sells premium, on-trend prescription eyewear and sunglasses. The retailer’s basic framed glasses — including single vision prescription lenses — are all the same price: $145, including tax. Prescription sunglasses and frames with progressive lenses are $245.
The company keeps its costs low by sidestepping traditional optical sales methods, cutting prescription lenses locally, as well as working directly with manufacturers to remove the need for mark-ups.
The 900-sq.-ft. store has launched at 918 Queen St. E, and includes a certified in-store optometrist offering full eye exams so customers have a one-stop shop to find eyewear.
“We’re really excited to bring Ollie Quinn eyewear to Leslieville. We have a lot of regular customers from the area and wanted make their life a little easier by bringing OQ to them,” says Michael Andersen, CEO of Ollie Quinn North America. “Leslieville is exactly the type of neighbourhood that we enjoy growing with — a vibrant area with a strong sense of community. Our hope is that Ollie Quinn will become an active part of Leslieville’s energetic community identity.”
Ollie Quinn worked with local millworkers and craftspeople to create its Leslieville boutique with a space that reflects the neighbourhood's character, including wood finishes and a feature ceiling pendant made from sustainable bamboo plywood.
“I was inspired by the colours and eclectic designs of Queen Street East during a recent trip. I wanted to create a relaxed, creative look and feel that would complement Leslieville’s culture,” said Courtney Molyneaux, interior designer, Ollie Quinn Canada. “Leslieville is a lively and family friendly neighbourhood, so we’re designing the boutique to create a bright, fun and comfortable space to spend time in.”
Ollie Quinn was created by four friends from around the world, including Canada, who share a fascination with eyewear. Earlier this year, the brand launched across Canada, celebrating its inaugural collection of optical and sunglass frames designed by an in-house team of creators, led by French designer Sebastien Brusset.
For further details about Ollie Quinn and their collection of eyeglasses and sunglasses, visit olliequinn.ca and @OQstories on social platforms.