• 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: July 2012

    Wednesday, July 25, 2012

    Happy Birthday to us!

    Happy Birthday to us! Today is our second birthday. Another reason to party tomorrow as if one was needed. In the last year we have added 5 new collections and we added facilities to do eye testing and contact lenses. Not bad for a years work. Whatever will happen next?

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    Monday, July 16, 2012

    Michel Henau, back in stock!

    After what seems to have been an eternity, Michel Henau are now back in stock. I have old favourites and some hot new designs in store. If you have what you consider to be a wide head, you should make a special effort as they have some frames in very wide fittings. They have come in handy over the years.

    Designer Mark has created some of the best frames I have seen over the years and the new pieces do not disappoint.

    From cutting edge modern designs…

    To Marc’s interpretation of classic frames.


    Check out their website or come in to see the collection. www.michelhenau.com



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    Monday, July 9, 2012

    Handmade in England, a rarity these days…

    A while back I was very lucky to be contacted by one half of Fan Optics asking for some advice. They were in the early stages of development of their line and wanted some information which I was only too happy to pass on. I stayed in contact with them as I was very excited to see what they would come up with. I had a feeling it would be interesting.

    Fan Optics are; Sarah Coburn, a graphic designer working mostly in fashion communication and Guillaume Furminger, a product and brand designer working for a global design agency. Inspired by hand crafted design with a focus on fashion, their combined talents in fashion and products led them to eyewear as a collaboration.

    They sought to combine classic design and authentic production methods with a modern slant. Each piece is something they wanted to wear themselves and combines the colour palettes of their favourite artists and photographers.

    Their desire for authenticity and workmanship meant that Europe was the only place they could manufacture. Not only that, but they were determined to have them manufactured in England. It seems only right, what with model names like Colby, Brock and Vala. Names steeped in Old English history.

    They have insisted on using the best Italian acetate and German engineered fittings to couple with English craftmanship so they could create a unique and fine collection of spectacles.

    We have every shape here and will have them as sunglasses later featuring Zeiss lenses. Come and see them soon.

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    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

    A trio of American classics for Independence Day!

    Happy Independence day to all our American customers and there are quite a lot of you. To celebrate American independence, I would like to present to you this trio of classic American frames.


    On the left is the Shuron Ronsir. Seen in may places but most notably on the face of Kevin Costner in J.F.K. and in the television series, Mad Men. In the middle, The Randolph Engineering Aviator. Standard issue to American Airforce pilots since 1971 and more recently, as supplied by us to Johnny Depp via the film Dark Shadows. Finally on the right, the Oliver Peoples O’Malley. Not seen since 1988 and now re-issued in extremely limited numbers. Want to see it elsewhere? Have a look at Christian Bale in “American Psycho” and you can get a good look.

    What a way to end this celebration of American independence.

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    Monday, July 2, 2012

    Sale Now On!

    The summer may not have sizzled so far but our sale will.

    All sales frames will be priced at an amazing £100.

    There will be plenty of choice but when they are gone, they are gone.

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