• 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.

  • What ever did happen in Paris?

    Monday, November 19, 2012

    I never did tell you all about my Paris trip, did I? Well let me keep you in the dark no longer. This year I actually got to see some of Paris rather than the glow of the lights of Paris from the vantage point of Charles de Gaulle Airport. A more gratifying experience was had. I even managed a visit to my beloved Le Relais de L’entrecote. After a two year hiatus, just as good as I remembered it.

    I stayed in the Montmartre for the first time and also for the first time, hired an apartment instead of booking a hotel. I can recommend whole heartedly this course of action as it allows you much greater freedom, puts you in the heart of real Paris and not in a tourist area and finally is a lot cheaper than Paris’ astronomical hotel prices. Although six flights of stairs three times a day did lessen its charm somewhat.

    Anyways, the reason why I was there was to find exciting new things for you! There was a lot to see as always. So much so that I think next year I will have to extend my visit there. Part of the problem is that, as the years go on, I know more and more people and find myself having longer and more conversations which has an adverse affect on the speed with which I can circumnavigate the exhibition but I still managed to bag some beauties.

    First up, See Concept.

    See Concept are a new outfit from France. Their idea was to solve the problem of missing reading glasses. The problem with off the shelf reading glasses is that they are so inexpensive that people leave them around with little care. There is no incentive to look after something that doesn’t cost much and is highly portable. So how do you fix this? One way is to make them expensive but that already exists, it’s called prescription eyewear, so let’s fix the other problem, portability. By securing them by a chain to a weighted block, they are decidedly unportable. They stay at your desk or workstation, where you need them, When you need them. You need them.

    New Michel Henau Shapes

    Lots of lovely and exciting shapes from Michel Henau this year. A selection is shown below but there are many more at the store now.

     

     

     

     

     

    Next up, YMC vs. McGinn

    YMC was started in 1995 by Fraser Moss and Jimmy Collins with the intent of creating stylish, functional and modern clothing. The have evolved into one of London’s most sought after labels but still retain a desire to produce clothing that follows Le Corbusier’s mantra that function must come before form.

    Brian Mc Ginn was born in Northern Ireland and studied at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin Ireland (as did such luminaries as Orla Kiely, Philip Treacy and William Butler Yeats) and from there followed stints in design, guitar making and finally eyewear manufacture. He has designed frames for some of the best known brands on the eyewear market and has at last put his own name to a collection of spectacles.

    YMC have a history of collaborations and as Brian was already known to them, an eyewear project was undoubtedly on the cards. This is a small collection of spectacles and sunglasses that follow the ethos of the YMC clothing line exactly. They are hand made in Oyonnax, France using vintage acetates. As such, each one is a limited edition. These acetates have not been manufactured since the eighties or nineties and so cannot be repeated.

    They will be in store very shortly.

    Lastly, something for the New Year, Grafik:Plastic.

    Meeting the Grafik:Plastic team in Paris

    An amazing new brand from Korea. Their oversized and almost comic book frames are a treat for those that like bold, big and beautiful.

    They have a rubberised finish that makes them very tactile and are available in five shapes and six colours. Not enough? Ok then, how about this, you can buy extra arms in seven additional colours that simply click on and off meaning you can have a different pair of specs every day. In store from mid-january.

     

    Other than that we will have new Rock Optika frames very soon and when I am able to show you images, I will update you. Bye for now!

     

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