• 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.

  • We present… Nilplug

    Friday, November 11, 2011

    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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