Paulino Spectacles: The art of handcrafted eye wear from Portugal

Victor LopesFrames for Fashion

Ramiro Paulino

By Dr. Nadine Shelton

Ramiro Paulino
Ramiro Paulino in Lisbon Portugal

Paulino Spectacles

The brands we showcase at our optical, like Paulino Spectacles reflect who we are. Family owned, quality, small scale, unique and inspired by travel. Ramiro Paulino is the owner, designer and third generation eyewear family member who is committed to fine craftsmanship and style. The brand had its start in the 1930’s with Bernardo Paulino Pereira, opening his first optical store in Santarem, Portugal. Ramiro tells us when he remembered growing up in the shop and making toys out of the materials he found lying around the work bench. He eventually learned his father’s techniques, secrets and acquired his passion for the craft.

Alberto Paulino

Handmade in Portugal frames

Craftsmanship, Inspiration and Design

Producing these timeless frames begin with an idea that is captured on paper, drawn over and over to perfect every curve and detail to ensure frame comfort and style. The handmade process of these pieces only use the best of Italian Mazzucchelli acetate. Each finished frame has a beautiful smooth polish and are inspected to assure only the highest standards of perfection. I respect Ramiro’s keen eye of architecture and love of Portuguese buildings and his ability to combine classic and vintage eye wear shapes in his design interpretations. The results speak for themselves, when wearing and seeing these eye-catching curves and edges of his spectacles.

Paulino Spectacles

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The Connection

Unique to this brand, is the personal touch Ramiro connects to each model. He is able to pair the places or people that have made an impact in his life in the esthetic of each frame. In the “Nazare” frame, inspired from his memory of going to the beach on Sunday’s with his family as a boy, we see his easy relaxed take on the wayfarer style frame that comes in 4 different colour combinations both in gloss and matte finishes. The strong, playful and feminine looks of the Teresa and Sara frames are an uncanny match to his sisters’ personalities and also come in 4 different colour combinations and finishes.

Personally, I love my Filipa sunglasses, I can wear it with a sweater or cardigan for an easy vintage feel or a cute leather jacket for an edgier, street look. I’m dying to wear my Filipa sunglasses in public once this home isolation is over! For now, you’ll have to see me wear them at @nvmyeyes. And I would agree, as this piece evokes a vintage Hollywood golden era look but with modern sophistication. From a style perspective, these specs have an endless range and offers a bolder statement. I can pair all of my vintage or modern outfits with any of these treasures, it all works.

Paulino Spectacles makes a natural fit with us at nv eye care and you can browse some of them at, . You can trust that these glasses will make you look and feel at your best.

Eye Care at nv During COVID-19

Here at nv we are open for your eye emergencies and will be limiting one patient/family in the office at a time. It is best to call ahead or email to ensure we are not busy helping someone else. You must call us to reschedule any appointments you have made with us, if you are feeling sick. Please call the Misericordia Urgent Eye Care Clinic at 204-774-6581, for afterhours care.

Do not hesitate to call or email us at nv eye care & eye wear, if you have any questions. We are here for your eye care needs during these difficult times.

Dr. Nadine Shelton, optometrist and owner of nv

The Owner

Dr. Nadine Shelton B.Sc, O.D. studied at University of Winnipeg, Canada and Indiana University, USA. She has worked abroad in Guanajuato, Mexico assisting outreach patient eye care with VOSH (Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity). Her university days focused on early child eye care and low vision. Doctor Shelton has spent twelve years practicing Optometry in Winnipeg. Doctor Shelton celebrates three years at her practice with her partner Victor Lopes, in the heart of the Corydon Village called nv. nv is a full service optical where eye exams are available and a great selection of unique to the city eye wear can be found.  Learn more at, call us at (204) 504-6863 or come see us at 100-698 Corydon Ave in Winnipeg, Canada.