• 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.

  • Filao Paris now in store.

    Saturday, October 15, 2011

    A few months ago, I met with Filao Paris and chose a collection for the store and I can finally say they are here! A range of accessories to match the quality and the design ethos of my eyewear collections.

    Filao Paris is owned and designed by Caroline Abram. A woman of diverse background, Caribbean, French, Polish and Indian. Add to this, her upbringing in Senegal and you have a pretty rich mix of influences to draw on. Her professional life started as an assistant in the family opticians but she soon exploited her love of accessories and jewellery to create a collection of spectacle chains, lorgnettes, loupes and monocles using the finest acetate, Swarovski crystal, wood and stone.

    The acetate parts are hand made in France and Italy. The beads are made in India and Thailand. The Swarovski crystals come directly from Swarovski. These are then sent to Senegal to the town where Caroline grew up where a team assembles them and ships them back to the Filao store in Paris. Her love for the region meant that she wanted to keep a connection there and it provides employment for the people she grew up around.

     

    As a collection they provide a stylish and beautifully made alternative to the cheap reading glasses you can pick up at the supermarket. If you like to keep your spectacles on a chain around your neck, why not do it with a chain that could easily double as a necklace, a piece of jewellery no less.

    We have a broad selection now in store so if you want to have a look at Caroline’s amazing work, come in soon.

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