• 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.

  • Struktur est arrivé!

    Thursday, April 21, 2011

    Today I finally got my hands on the collection I mentioned in my report on Milan. Struktur is the brainchild of 25 year old Parisian, Hugh Poillerat. As I mentioned in that report, I first met Hugh when he appeared at my door clutching a CV. He had just arrived in London and set about getting himself a job in an opticians. Having worked for a few years in opticians in Paris, he wanted to come to London do the same but also to give him the opportunity to improve his english.

    Unfortunately I had no job to give him at that time but we had a chat and I gave him a list of a few places he might like to try. This was the last I heard of him, until that is, he appeared at my door two years later.

    He asked if I remembered him but I didn’t to be honest, however once he explained who he was and it all came back to me. I asked where he ended up working and he told me that he couldn’t get any work and that he ended up going back to Paris. Although unfortunate, it made him realise that if he wanted to change his life he had better do something different and so he decided to design his own range of eyewear.

    Now Hugh had always worked with high end eyewear and knew the difference between good and bad quality so it was important to him that not only opticians would know that it was something special, but that also the wearer would know at first touch that is was too. To achieve this, he went to a small manufacturer in Auxerre (approx 100km south east of Paris), well known for its quality of manufacture, attention to detail and artisanal skill.

    Hugh’s designs are fresh and challenging, his choice of colours are strong and exciting. In his work you can see design cues from the eighties, seventies, and even thirties art deco. Sometimes, all in the same frame. The styles are very well defined as to which are men’s and which are women’s. Even the stronger women’s frames have an femininity that leaves no confusion. I guess this is a product of the Parisian environment they designed in.

    His sunglasses are all about glamour. Oversized shapes for women in exciting colours that will get you noticed and for men, strong, defined, bold. The finish and the quality is superb. I think they are a really welcome addition to our portfolio of brands and if you are looking for something more of a statement, something different to the norm, then these might just be for you.

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