Unique frames for a look that turns heads, displayed in a vintage setting steeped in history: that was my first impression when I walked through the doors of VOSKINS at 1338 Notre-Dame West in Montreal.
Anh-Ton Tran, the optometrist and owner of Lunetterie VOSKINS, is an innovative and oh-so-stylish entrepreneur. I fell under the spell of this businessman, who projects both a professional and laid-back image, and immediately understood that in addition to being Dr. Optometrist, Anh-Ton loves the world of fashion and design.
As he pet his dog Bertha, Anh-Ton and I talked about why he decided to start his own business in Griffintown. It’s the ideal, thriving neighbourhood that would allow him to build a new type of business, one influenced by design but that hearkens back to a time when craftsmanship counted.
He had spent years imagining a specialty boutique that would serve customers who care about their look. He explains that the people who walk into his store are fashionistas through and through. They are connoisseurs, and they know what they want, two character traits he has noticed among Montrealers in general, and that he took into account in building a local business.
He offers highly personalized service to a clientele that appreciates the good things in life and that is looking for something unique in a frame, with a nod to the latest trends.
And a simple visit to Anh-Ton’s store is like a journey through time. He loves to scour magazines, blogs and other sources of inspiration in fashion and décor to create a store that reflects his image. With the help of his designer, he was able to recreate an eyewear atelier, like those of days gone by.
After barely one year in business, the store has made its mark in eyewear in Montreal. If you are thinking of updating your look, this is one store you must visit. Anh-Ton will be able to find you THE pair of glasses, the ones that will open up your eyes.
And if it’s time for a change, be sure to shop on November 29, during the Shop The Neighbourhood campaign.
1338 rue Notre-Dame O, Montréal QC H3C 1K7
More info on YP.ca
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