• 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.

  • Framed! Eyewear exhibition

    Wednesday, September 12, 2012

    Last night I had the pleasure of attending the opening night of an exhibition at the London College of Fashion. Titled “Framed! Contemporary Eyewear in Fashion”. It seeks to chart the progress of eyewear from its beginnings as a purely functional item to the modern-day artisans creating works of art that just happen to be working spectacles and sunglasses. The editorial lean is very much to the avant-garde of eyewear and features almost 200 notable examples of 20th and 21st century eyewear designs. ; I spoke to curators Gemma Williams and Leanne Wierzba a few months ago about my own thoughts on eyewear and was proud to see some of my suggestions feature prominently. Brands such as C.W. Dixey and Sons and Oliver Peoples are represented and rightly so too as names that are at the beginning and present day of the history of fashion eyewear. There are plenty of very famous examples of spectacles such as this Anglo American “Look” from 1986. ; Old friend Lawrence Jenkin (of Anglo American) was in attendance and was instrumental in not only supplying the majority of the exhibits but was also the designer of many of them too! As a lover of eyewear, it was exciting to see so many designs that I have only seen in photographs till now and a little strange to see frames that I used to sell way back at the beginning of my career. I was lucky enough to begin work in this field at the now legendary Angela Campbell Opticians in Manchester where brands such as these were our stock in trade. ; It is not just a history lesson though. By the end of the exhibition, you are presented by the very latest in design. Some more recent additions to the optical landscape are shown and most exciting, one-off pieces by recent graduates of fashion and design. Including the arresting piece below by Emma Montague, recent graduate of the Royal College of Art. I throughly recommend this exhibition if you are a fan of fashion, design or most definitely eyewear. It runs from today till the 3rd of November at the Fashion Space Gallery, 1st Floor, London College of Fashion, 20 John Princes St. London W1G 0BJ www.fashionspacegallery.com ;

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