• 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.

  • Randolph Engineering.

    Tuesday, April 17, 2012

    A few days ago, I received my delivery of Randolph Engineering sunglasses. You may not recognise the name but you may recognise the frame above as the one worn by Don Draper in Madmen, the cult T.V. series.

    Although Don could have worn them in the sixties, the brand Randolph Engineering Sunglasses did not emerge until 1982. For many years they were a subcontractor to the original manufacturer, supplying the tools and dies and machinery for them as well as carrying out the fabrication of the sunglasses. Eventually they realised that they should probably cut out the middle man and applied for and won the contract to supply the United States Air Force. By the late 80’s, demand saw them expand into supply to the commercial market too. The word was out on these high quality frames with amazingly optically clear lenses.

    I often hear people moaning about the demise of Bausch and Lomb manufactured sunglasses, they say the quality is not the same anymore. Well these are better than B&L ever were! They are still manufactured in Randolph, Massachusetts. The process from start to finish takes more than 200 stages and most are done by hand. They insist on the best quality alloys with a tight molecular structure to prevent oxidation and even make their own solder flux. Because of this they offer a lifetime guarantee on any soldered joints.

     

    The lenses are chemically toughened mineral glass and are exceptionally scratch resistant. They also offer unbeaten optical clarity. A range of colours is available in both the frames and the lenses. Later in the year we will have some special limited edition frames produced in collaboration with fashion designer Michael Bastian. I’ll let you know when they are here. Till then, come and have a look at the classic styles. You will not be disappointed.

     

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