• 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: December 2011

    Friday, December 16, 2011

    New stock of Shuron just arrived!

    The FedEx man has just delivered an early Christmas present. Some lovely new Shuron frames. Lots of colours in the Freeway, Ronsir and Sidewinder. If you fancy a pair, be quick. They rarely stay around for long.

     

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    Thursday, December 8, 2011

    Optical Royalty, Part 2.

    You may remember just over a month ago I was telling you about a job I had in where a customer had two old pairs of frames that required new lenses. The frames in question were from a company called C.W. Dixey and dated from around the middle of the last century.

    As I said in October, C.W.Dixey is a brand that supplied monarchs and movie stars in years gone by. In fact, their client base has included Sir Winston Churchill, seven Kings and Queens of England, Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor Qianlong of China, Peter Sellers and James Bond creator, Ian Fleming. Well, I am pleased to say that if you should wish, you can add yourself to that roster of wearers. C.W. Dixey is now in stock.

    Not many brands of eyewear can claim the heritage of this brand. Started in 1777 as an optical and mathematical instrument company, it gained its first (of three) Royal warrant from King George III (yes, the mad one). 50 years later it suffered its first set back when the company fell into disrepute when an employee ran a gambling den out of the establishment.

    It was rescued by Charles Wasdell Dixey and continued in fine form for another 160 years till dishonesty almost destroyed the company entirely in the late 90’s. In 2003, the current owner Simon Palmer had the company passed to him and he was astounded when he learned the nature of the history of the company and the treasure trove of documents, records, hand written notes etc. from the elite of society that were now in his possession.

    One such note came from Winston Churchill himself thanking C.W. Dixey for creating a system of dots on the ends of his spectacles so he could tell at a glance if he had his distance, his reading or his intermediate spectacles in his hands. This feature has been recreated in the current frames as an homage to those pairs.

    They have also produced some cases that match the quality of the frames. Made from fine english saddle leather and hand stitched my craftsmen, they are a finishing touch that is available to you as an extra. They are in store now and retail at£380 for the frames and either £75 or £95 for the cases depending on the model.

    If you would like to come and see these examples of English history, they are in stock now. For more info on the brand, see their website www.cwdixeyandson.com

     

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    Thursday, December 1, 2011

    We’re in Covent Garden Journal.

    Recently I was interviewed by a journalist working for the Covent Garden Journal. CGJ is a glossy magazine available for free from selected outlets and in hotels in the area. It is very well written and is beautifully produced. I have been a fan and a regular reader since their launch a few years ago so I was proper chuffed to be asked to be included in the latest issue. If you are on your way through Covent Garden, pick an issue.

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