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Hold On to What You Love. We hold onto our l.a.Eyeworks.

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l.a.Eyeworks began on September 9, 1979 when high school BFFs Barbara McReynolds and Gai Gherardi opened their shop on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, California. Trained as opticians and armed with the entrepreneurial spirit, these #girlbosses wanted to start a new kind of conversation about eyeglasses.

And they did!

Iconically known for that nubby circle at the end of each eyeglass arm, l.a.Eyeworks is a worldwide fashion phenomenon. Elton John probably owns hundreds of pairs of l.a.Eyeworks. I own a couple, lol.

I love l.a.Eyeworks because their narrative is snarky, never-say-never, creative and addicted to color. Meet some of our favorites pieces. They’ve been waiting to meet you.



GARZA by l.a.Eyeworks. The paparazzi police can’t stop the endless compliments and attention she gets. Her favorite drink is a cold, ginger infused Kombucha.



DATE SHAKE by l.a.Eyeworks. Just super friendly and knows exactly what she wants. You’re either gonna love her or hate her. She must be a Scorpio.



VAPORETTO by l.a.Eyeworks. On the surface, she’s looks like a total #selfieaddict, but she’s actually just the perfect mix of brains and persistence. Level #1,065 on Candy Crush. Word.



GOTTLIEB by l.a.Eyeworks. Cover of a magazine? Been there. Finish reading all of the Game of Thrones books? Done that. Never say never? Live it. The hardest worker we know? Definitely. 

Stop by sometime and meet our cast of characters. You might just fall in love.

Love and ?,

Dr. Tanya Gill





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    Dr. Gill is also a member of the Ocular Surface Society of Optometry. In addition to her Doctor of Optometry, Dr. Gill also has a BA in Integrative Biology and a BS in Vision Science, both from UC Berkeley. Go Bears!
    In 2015, Dr. Gill developed and founded We Love Eyes, which is a green cosmetics company that produces eyelid and eyelash cleansing products that are natural, non-toxic, and vegan.

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