• About Séamus

    Originally from Northern Ireland, I came to England seventeen years ago. My first proper job was in an opticians and I have never left the industry since (apart from one month at a bespoke shirt makers). I have sixteen years experience of the eyewear industry and have a passion for handmade spectacles and sunglasses with an eye on innovation in design.

  • Paris

    Wednesday, September 8, 2010

    Soon I will be off to Paris for the annual optical trade show. It’s a great place to find new talent but by no means the only way. There has been less that is new over the last couple of years what with the recession. Most opticians will buy safe at the best of times, but when things are bad economically… well. With not much consumer confidence, interesting brands have suffered, start ups are not getting the necessary investment and costly new developments have been put on hold.  Of course there a few exceptions to the rule. Kirk Originals will have a very exciting new range to show in Paris and Michel Henau have a beautiful new concept which I will tell you all about when I am allowed.

    Now that most of Europe is out of recession, I am expecting a rush of new talent to emerge so stay tuned for breaking news! I will be searching for something new, interesting and innovative to bring home to Covent Garden and I will be posting updates while there.

    While I am gone (23rd-27th Sept), the store will still be open and you can pop in and my very able and friendly staff will be happy to help with  any request you might have.

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