Gazal brings style and insight to new optical boutique
Picking out glasses with Andy and Gazal Tabrizipour is like shopping with a very savvy personal stylist who also happens to know everything about the technology behind the frames. They ask about lifestyle (do you workout? spend time in an office?). And, they study the prescription to determine specific needs that will affect a frame choice. Smart!
I’m nearly blind in one eye, so I depended on the staff for their honest opinions while trying on frames. I trusted them to help me look like a better me. I gravitated toward the styles designed by Gazal herself. The shapes, colors and sturdiness of her frames were appealing and varied, making the choice a challenge and the process super fun. Together, we chose a sassy frame and Andy promised my heavy prescription would be managed thanks to his quality lens manufacturer – the very best in the industry. “The craftsmen for the eyewear line are based in Japan and we were lucky enough to connect with them while in Milan searching for materials for future designs,” said Andy. “While working closely with them, we have become good friends. Unfortunately, last year one of the main engineers passed away from cancer. Gazal has a new frame in honor of his hard work that was also named after him. The frame design is called Kondo and is circular in shape to represent the circle of life.”
Gazal Eyewear opened in Roswell this summer, the couple’s second full-service optical boutique. Their first successful shop, Atlanta Vision Optical is in town (at Edgewood, near Inman Park) and celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. Gazal’s inspired line was first launched there alongside styles by OGI, Boucheron Paris and Starck Eyes. Gazal Eyewear & Sunglasses can also be found at other fine opticians across the country. Being a long time eyeglass wearer, she always wanted something that not only looked good but felt absolutely amazing. She launched her first collection of eyewear, The Legacy Collection, in 2014 from their intown boutique and has since then released a wide-selection of breathtaking frames each year. There are a total of three stunning collections in addition, the Karma Collection, and the Wicked Collection. They also fit actors and big screen zombies with contact lenses and design luxury eyewear.
They chose Roswell for their second business, as a homecoming. “We lived off Crabapple for years before moving closer to the Edgewood location. We have always been in love with the historic downtown Roswell for its look and feel and for the amazing community that built and sustain it,” Gazal said. “We’re proud to be a part of such a vital community and look forward to fitting many of our neighbors with beautiful eyeglasses and sunglasses to make them feel and look their very best.”
The frames shown here are from the new Karma collection. Each piece is carefully handcrafted with different polishing techniques to give it a smooth and shiny finish in front, with textured and matte finishes on the temple to create a well balanced look. The feel is also balanced by using a design that conforms more naturally to the face and head and uses lightweight and durable titanium eyewear and hinges.
The sunglasses located in the center, Frankenstein, is a full titanium and ergonomic design that is part of the Wicked collection. Each Wicked frame has a titanium temple with an ergonomic tip that conforms perfectly to each person.
76 Norcross St B, Roswell