How many of you have heard of Starfinder Optical? A lot?
Honestly, we’ve never encountered Starfinder Optical until early this year. Or maybe, we’ve already seen it in malls but we’ve never tried visiting its branches because there are more optical shop brands that we are more familiar with and have been patronizing because of either its proximity or the ones that are immediately available wherever we go.
‘Nuff said. This perspective of ours when it comes to eyewear shop, for eye check-up and purchasing eyewear needs has been, interestingly, changed after we’ve discovered Starfinder Optical.
Starfinder Optical, a Korean lifestyle eyewear shop, opened their 11th branch in Ayala Malls Vertis North, Quezon City last March 17, 2018. You must have been surprised as much as we are! They’re already counting 11 stores and yet only few have seen or heard them exists.
The fact is, the company is the first ever Korean concept optical shop in the Philippines showcasing a wide variety of stylish glasses from Korea and at the same time, giving a feel of Korean accommodation and ambience to their customers. And they’ve been here in the country for more than a decade.
Expanding the business nationwide, the company still has a lot of plans to open more stores throughout the country. Jacob Song, Marketing Manager of Starfinder Optical, said “The reason why we expand our footprint in the Philippines is because we want to share our fashionable and innovative eyewear from Korea with Filipinos. Nifty glasses which they can use on a daily basis”
Starfinder Optical was established in 2007. The company started as a small brand named SFO Design Lab, a store where frames and lenses are modified and designed in line with people’s needs on a daily basis. The store was first established in Seohyun Rodeo Street, a popular place in Korea for urban street fashion.
The company offers fashionable products such as prescription eyewear and sunglasses inspired by the fashion culture of Korea. In the past years, Starfinder Optical launched several glasses, but among those products, one of the well-known frames that has become popular with customers is called 6g. It is a frame that weighs only 6 grams and is made from Air Tetoron Rayon that makes the eyewear flexible and simply durable. Song added, “We are not a typical optical shop. We are a company that considers what people need. We offer highly affordable, durable, suitable and trendy eyewear fit to customers’ needs.”
Unlike other optical stores, Starfinder Optical shops have a unique ambience where people feel like they are in Korea while looking at their products and being accommodated by the shop’s staff. To maintain this kind of feeling in customers, employees embraced the Korean culture to show the unique kind of accommodation to their people.
True. We’ve already visited two of their stores, one in Ayala Malls The 30th and at Ayala Malls Vertis North and we are very pleased of how they talk to their customers and accommodate our questions.
Going to an optical shop could sometimes be intimidating. It’s either you’ll come up front to buy for what you need or just take a look around if they have the products you’ve been looking for and that’s it. After your transaction, you just walked away out of the store. Simple as that.
Not inside Starfinder Optical. Their eyewear and store specialists make sure that you get what you need and all your questions answered before you made your purchases. Same goes when you ask for an eye check-up. Starfinder Optical’s resident optometrists will give you details and walk you through the rest of your check-up.
This is why we are recommending you to visit and try out Starfinder Optical. Not only that they are accommodating, but their products are reasonably priced as well. Plus the homey ambience that will make you feel relaxed as soon as you check out some of the neatly and sleek eyewear glasses available from the shelves.
Currently, Starfinder Optical have branches in SM Southmall, SM City Sta. Rosa, SM City Dasmarinas, Festival Supermall, Alabang, BF Homes Paranaque, Robinsons Sta. Rosa, SM City Clark, SM City Lipa, Robinsons Place Manila, Ayala Malls The 30th, and Ayala Malls Vertis North.
*Thanks to Digital Filipina for introducing us to Starfinder Optical!
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