Durant Sessions is the newest addition to Vancouver's eminent shopping district of Gastown. Shoppers are welcomed to the space by a long central table showcasing goods from the likes of the newly revived EYEVAN 7285 from Japan, limited edition and luxury frames from Ohio-based anni shades, iconic eyewear from California-based Oliver Peoples and more. The shop is further adorned with floor-to-ceiling windows and old-world touches like exposed beams as well as an antique safe-door, left wide open to emphasize the shop’s open-concept aesthetic. The store’s name pays homage to a series of music recordings in LA between Durant Sessions founder Eric Dickstein and a mentor from the optical industry.

Dickstein explains, “The whole idea behind Durant Sessions is the discoverability of the process. Things don’t just happen - things are exposed.” Customers are given the option to customize their frames and are welcome to witness the entire process in-house, including the cutting and tinting of lenses, matting of frames, personalizing bridges and nose pads.

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