• 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.

  • Monthly Archives: November 2010

    Thursday, November 18, 2010

    New Arrivals, Part 3.

    Today it is all about the Funk, Dieter Funk that is. I have been selling Funk Royal Optics for over two years now and Dieter keeps bringing me new things to excite me. Especially since he moved production from Japan to his own workshop in Kinsau, near Munich. As I mentioned in Dieter’s profile over on the Designers page, the entire Funk operation is now housed in one building. The office, design studio, manufacturing plant and the showroom. Even Dieter’s home!

    At Silmo I saw his latest collections. Most exciting for me were these lovely colours. Shades of grey ranging from mink through to sage. Shapes that are slightly smaller than last year, in line with a lot of the collections I saw. The super giant frames that dominated the cool brands last year and the year before have come down slightly to more manageable sizes. Good news for those of you that want the look but don’t have the required skull size.

    He still threw in a few interesting retro ideas like this model called Franz. Like something that Kenneth Baker or Douglas Hurd would have sported in 1981 but strangely alluring. Can you believe enough time passed for this to come back?

    Nothing else to report just yet but in the next few weeks I will have new Kirk Originals and Michel Henau to talk about, two new collections to tell you about and anything else that pops into my head.

    One last thing, if you didn’t like the pun at the beginning of this post, just be thankful I didn’t lead with “We’ve got the Funk” or “Gonna get Funky” or even “What’s that Funky smell?”

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    Wednesday, November 17, 2010

    New Arrivals, Part 2.

    Although not strictly a Silmo purchase, I have recently taken delivery of a new brand here at the store; Grotesque Frame. The designer Daniel Benner and I have been friends for a few years now and although I had wanted to have his collection in the store, there never seemed to be a right time, until now! The Paris trade show was, as I said in an earlier post, too too short and I had meant to go and see Daniel but ran out of time. Luckily, Daniel was in London for a photo shoot last month and we took the opportunity to meet up and choose some frames for the store.

    His frames are all hand made in Bavaria and are finished absolutely perfectly. The polish and sheen are proof that Daniel uses the best Italian acetate. He custom laminates the colour combinations at the factory and because of this, they are truly unique. They are polished for twice as long as the average frame and each frame takes four months to complete.

    “But wait!” I hear you say. “Why does he call them Grotesque? That there is a lovely frame Sir!” Well, his earlier work was very unusual. He often created designs that challenged the wearer. Perhaps it’s age, perhaps it’s his entry into fatherhood, but his newer designs have mellowed into very luxurious, wearable shapes. However, when he likes, he can still shake things up. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the Grotesque Slime!

    Tuesday, November 16, 2010

    New Arrivals, Part 1.

    Silmo orders are coming thick and fast! Too many to mention in one post so I will break them down into individual brands for you. To get us started, let’s talk about Danish eyewear brand, Kilsgaard.

    They have expanded their acetate collection called “The Afterparty” to eight frames now. A new Model 103 has been released to replace the 103 that never was… Last year, I saw a fantastic round eye shape that was to be model 103. Unfortunately, not many other people liked it so it never made it to the collection however, Jacob Kilsgaard very kindly allowed me to have some of the prototypes which I can offer you now. These prototypes were hand made in Japan and are just beautiful. I only have two, one in black and one in a striped brown. If you want to see them, you’d better be quick!

    The replacement 103 is just as tasty but in my opinion, both could have existed in the catalogue. Below is a photo of the new 103 in striped brown. There are more Kilsgaard aluminium frames to come but we’ll have to wait a little longer for those.