• 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 2011

    Friday, November 18, 2011

    Res/Rei. Hand made in Italy, with love!

    I have finally received my new collection of eyewear called Res/Rei which I saw in Paris in September. I am really pleased they are here and they are just as amazing as I remember. As I mentioned in my report on Silmo, the Paris optical trade show, I first met the designer Olivieri a few years ago when the project was just an idea in his head. Now that they have finally been developed, manufactured and launched, It is the most exciting new concept I have seen in a while. They are beautifully made and there is a real desire for these frames to seen as durable and long lasting, indeed they are labelled “Hand made with love in Italy.” The hinges have springs that have a very wide flex but even better is that the hinges are replaceable should they wear out. Something which is not possible on other spring hinges and that is why I have never stocked a brand that features spring hinges till now.

    There are ten models and around four colours in each. All except the jet black feature a sand blasted matte finish which has a pleasing tactile quality. The acetate in the arms is a full five millimetres thick which is nearly twice the norm. Olivieri told me this is to make the arms heavier which shifts the centre of gravity further back thus making them feel lighter and more comfortable on your nose. Three of the models have what I can only describe as an invisible bridge. A clever design detail that really sets them apart.

    They have produced this video which show some of the lengths they go to to produce a product they have immense pride in. Come and see them soon.

    RES/REI Handmade in Italy with love. from Res Rei on Vimeo.

     

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    Wednesday, November 16, 2011

    Telegraph Best Small Shops in Britain Awards 2011

    We have entered ourselves in this years Telegraph Best Small Shops Awards. We hope we have provided a level of service and product that you have been happy with over the last year and a half and if so, we would really appreciate your vote in the competition. If you go to the Telegraph competition entry page and put us in the “Health and Beauty” category as McClintock Eyewear, we would really appreciate it. Many thanks for your ongoing support.

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    Tuesday, November 15, 2011

    Rock Optika does it again.

    Tom Herrington of Rock Optika just let me know that the Key Largo frame was featured in Badaude’s “How to Wear…” column in The Times on Monday. Amazing coup for him. Remember where you saw them first!

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    Friday, November 11, 2011

    We present… Nilplug

    For some time now I have thought that a hand made, artisanal jewellery collection would be a nice addition to the store. It would compliment the artisanal nature of our eyewear and we could use this platform to provide an outlet for new and unusual jewellers to exhibit their work. So it was very timely when Neil Marlow came in the the store to have his old Mykita frames serviced. During our conversation he was telling me about a brand of jewellery that he was launching in the near future.

    Nilplug was created by Neil, a silversmith, landscape architect, urban designer and wearer of glasses from here at 29 Floral St. It is a collection of rings of his own design and hand made by him in his South East London studio.

    What Neil didn’t know was that I was looking for a collection just like his for the store. Contemporary, hand made and original in design. Naturally I wanted a quality to match the eyewear already here and his fitted my brief exactly. They are made from either bronze or precious metals and the bronze ones can come with painted details using very hard wearing two-pack car paint for a very durable and long lasting finish. The bronze rings are also lacquered to protect the surface.

    Sustainability is something that Neil was very concerned about and has attempted to produce these rings in as ethical a fashion as is possible but as you will see on his website, this has not been easy. He has not taken it lying down and has insisted on sourcing his materials from the UK and using local casters and paint suppliers to minimise the milage each product has travelled. In addition, he is making a contribution to the Japanese relief fund by donating all the profits from the above ring, and  from the profits of all the other rings he will give 5% to UNESCO.

    We will be holding display models here only and the finished ring will be made to order and to size for you. They take a few weeks to manufacture so for the more complicated pieces, you would really need to order by December 10th to ensure their readiness for Christmas. To see more from the man himself, go to www.nilplug.com or come in to see the collection here at the store.

     

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