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Posted by Staff / Posted on December 17, 2009

GafasGafas carries edgy labels like Dutz, Salt and Chrome Hearts, but made its name with a huge inventory of vintage frames from the '70s and '80s. With over 800 frames in its retro collection, you can take your head back to the future with labels like Playboy, Dior and Gucci.



mari / May 23, 2010 at 06:56 pm
too overpriced and not helpful
John / July 20, 2010 at 04:03 pm
Their prices are amazing and the product is very exclusive. I bought my Mykita and Chrome Hearts at Gafas. I have had my Mykitas cleaned twice where they actually took the frame apart. All this at no charge the lifetime service guarantee comes in handy. Maybe you are to used to shopping at Kakim.
Mish / September 3, 2010 at 10:35 am
The manager who was helping me lied when I asked if I could see what the sunglasses I was about to purchase (for $600 no less) would look like with prescription lenses, by popping the lenses out. He said that with this particular model the lenses could not be taken out. To my surprise, 10 minutes later the girl at the front desk popped them out to show me how they would look just before I was about to pay. I understand it's a pain in the ass and would have taken a few extra minutes of his time, but a small lie on his part painted a highly insincere picture of him and the place. He also went on and on about all the rap artists and such who had been his customer, as if I should want to belong to this "exclusivity". Meanwhile a few blocks away at Spectacle I found many of the same supposedly "exclusive" frames and brands except with less pretension.
Nathan / May 4, 2011 at 03:53 pm
I must say that I was less than impressed with my experience at this establishment. I went in and found a nice pair of shades that I liked. I put down a $300 deposit and was told they were going to order in my new prescription shades direct from the manufacturer. I received a call from Gafas a few days later advising me that the manufacturer was unable to produce the shades in my prescription. The individual who called me advised that I could choose from a number of other different shades. I told her that I had already been through all of their stuff and if they would just refund my deposit that would be great. In response she tells me they do not do refunds but that I can pick another frame from a selection that would work with my prescription. When I advised her that I had paid a deposit for a specific pair of shades, a pair which they are apparently unable to provide as per our initial transaction, she did not seem to understand that a refund should probably be forthcoming. Ultimately, after yelling at them on the phone twice, advising them that I had disputed the transaction with my credit card company, and letting them know that I am a licensed lawyer willing to crucify them for this (on principle) they begrudgingly agreed to the refund.

Also, something that irked me a little when I purchased the glasses was the fact that they did not tell me that the actual lenses I was getting would look different from the lenses on the pair I had tried on until after I had paid my deposit. The lens difference was pretty significant, with the pair I tried on having a brown aviator type tint (dark at top and light at bottom) and the pair I was getting having a mirrored finish. All in all, seems to be a bit of a shady place.
Gertrude / May 26, 2011 at 04:27 pm
I've been wearing glasses for 20 years now, and just a few weeks ago stumbled upon Gafas. I was very happy with the level of service I've recieved. As an older lady, I find sales people tend to judge me by the wrinkles in my skin and steer me over to the granny glasses. Not my cup of tea. Gafas' staff actually listened to what I wanted and helped me find a great pair of Lafonts. I also purchased a pair of Maui Jim's perscription sunglasses which they managed to get ordered and made for me in a week so I could take them on vacation.

I have a progressive lens which is typical of people with my progressing age, and in the past opted for bi-focals. Gafas convinced me to get progressive lenses which I was apprehensive about at first. Now that I have them, I could never go back. They are the first ones that I have had success with.

Brent Hardy / June 10, 2011 at 04:46 pm
I just got a wicked pair of Paul Franks (yeah, Paul Frank with the monkey logo makes glasses. Who knew?). I'm a broke student but they were super budget friendly and they're a pretty rad pair of glasses. They have Hoya lenses which my research tells me is one of the best lens companies along with Nikon. All-in-all, the price clocked in at about $350ish. These guys know their shit and I'm definitely going back for the pair of shades I've been scoping out.
thefonzzz / September 21, 2011 at 06:08 pm
On my lunch break, I ventured over to Gafas on Queen St. in order to browse through glasses for my new prescription. I was greeted right away by the optician, Olivia. She let me take my time and opened the displays whenever she saw me standing at one and encouraged me to try on as many as I wanted. I ended up finding one and she was able to "super rush" them and I got them in 2 days. While I was waiting to purchase them, she managed to take the time for a customer who had lost a screw for her one and only pair of glasses. Overall, my expectations were exceeded and the service was incomparable. I recommend this place to anyone who needs some frames, or sunnys.
Doug / August 18, 2012 at 03:09 pm
Just got back from there, amazing service; got some sweet glasses! The 2 individuals working there were extremely personable, and while my girlfriend took time picking out and getting fitted for some sunglasses one of the sale's clerks showed me around and gave me history and back-story on all the crazy funky glasses they have in the back. All in all a great experience!
Laura Franzini / October 15, 2014 at 10:42 am
I have been meaning to write a review for awhile. I got my glasses back in April. I purchases two pairs from Gafas. The woman who helped me was very nice and the man who helped me was super knowledgeable and very professional. I was able to get a deal on buying two (Rayban - Classic and Mykita - Modern) sets of glasses (I love both and couldn't leave with just one pair).

In addition, my parents are in Toronto, but I am from Ottawa. They shipped me my glasses within a week of ordering them. In addition, they added two bottles of cleaner and 2 clothes. I was super surprised, and very pleased with the turn around time.

I will definitely be back in 2015 to get a few new sets. Great service, great product.
Gafas Optical Shop replying to a comment from Laura Franzini / October 28, 2014 at 04:34 pm
Thanks Laura! If you need anything, you know where to find us. Hope to see you again in 2015!
Bill Borda / December 20, 2014 at 12:28 pm
The main problem with the sunglass industry is gullable/VAIN consumers. And 21 century entitlement! Take a look at Brent Hardy's post above. He claims he's a 'broke student' yet he can pay $350ish for a pair of sunglasses! The industry takes complete advantage over ignorant consumers such as Brent! I would be curious to hear Brent's definition of 'broke' lmao.

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