• 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.

  • Vintage 80’s eyewear now at McClintock

    Tuesday, May 8, 2012

    A little while ago, I was presented with an opportunity to purchase some vintage 80’s frames. I was immediately drawn to them which surprised me as these are exactly the frames I was trying to prise people out of when I first started in this industry. Back then, I found them dated and old fashioned. Amazing what 18 years will do to your perception of style.

    Suddenly I find these frames exquisite. The designers spent a very long time bringing beauty to their frames. They disguised the ordinary with detail and decoration. A result of the fact that back in those days, spectacle designers nearly always came from a jewellery background.

    Add to that, the bold, confident shapes of the time and the result is true glamour which disappeared in the minimalist ’00s when the detailing found on these frames was thought to be overly fussy and unnecessary.

    We have a huge selection for you to see in the store and we can add your prescription, tinted lenses for sunglasses or we can supply them with non-prescription clear lenses if you are looking to complete your look with a pair of stand out specs.

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