• 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: June 2013

    Thursday, June 20, 2013

    The O’Malley is back and this time, he brought a friend!

    This year sees a final, limited release of the iconic “O’Malley” frame from Oliver Peoples. Like last year, there has been a limited production run made in the original factory that crafted Oliver Peoples frames back when this was a new model. I spoke at length about these last year on the blog and the only thing to add this year is that the colour range has been updated. This year, unlike last, we have a jet black to add to the roster. Gone are the amber and the buff and in comes olive tortoise (a little like buffalo horn) and light brown stripe. One colour from last year survives, which is not surprising as it was the first to sell out last year, the chestnut. However, the O’Malley is not the only old name that is making an appearance

    Oliver Peoples O'Malley and M-4 New

    A new addition to the “Circa 1987” range (Oliver Peoples vintage collection) this year is one of my all time favourite Oliver Peoples’ frame, the M-4.  Originally released in 1990, it went on to be one of the most popular Oliver Peoples of all time.  It even spawned a children’s version as part of the short-lived “Ollie Peoples” collection. Highly detailed in embossed metal and with filigree highlights, this Japanese, hand-made frame oozes class and refinement.

    Oliver Peoples M-4 1 new

    In the early nineties, if you were a Hollywood star, the M-4 was “the” pair of spectacles to be seen in, it even made a film appearance on the face of Bruce Willis in Hudson Hawk. Not quite the infamy of the O’Malley’s presence in “American Psycho” but not a bad place in movie history.

    Oliver Peoples M-4 2 New

    My one regret is that the legendary Oliver Peoples clips have not been re-issued alongside the frame. Fear not though, we can sort out a custom-made one for you using our new service. The re-issue is available in two colours. Antique silver and antique gold. These are very limited and I doubt that, when our stock runs out, I will be able to get any more.

    So now is the time. Don’t wait another twenty years for these beautiful frames to become available again. The O’Malley and the M-4. Available for a short period only.

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    Thursday, June 6, 2013

    YMC v Mc Ginn. In store now.

    Last week we hosted the launch party for our newest collection, that of YMC v McGinn. It is a collaboration between the East End London fashion label and eyewear designer Brian (Bonafide) McGinn. It utilises vintage acetates from the 70’s 80’s and 90’s and that makes each piece a rare and limited edition item.

    YMC v McGinn 1 small

    YMC began in 1995 when Jimmy Collins and Fraser Moss borrowed industrial designer Raymond Loewy’s slogan “You Must Create” to name their new clothing company.  Initially inspired by traditional workwear, vintage sportswear and military wear, in the last fifteen years they have evolved into one of prime exponents of British modern clothing. Their ethos mirrors that of Le Corbusier’s in that form must follow function. They produce beautifully tailored, understated clothing full of hidden detail.

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    Brian McGinn has had a circuitous route to becoming a frame designer. It began with an honours degree in silver and metalsmithing, during which he found a love for wood after using it in a piece of work in his final year. He found wood an immediate medium to work with and after graduating, looked around for a way to develop his woodworking skills. This led him to work for a luthier in Galway, Ireland where he churned out guitars; mandolins and other assorted stringed instruments.

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    While working with the high quality timbers, he hit upon the idea of making a pair of glasses from them. Though with no knowledge of the manufacturing process or of correct proportions or measurements it still created such a good response from a local optician that he decided to return to art college to do an MA in design. He did this to develop his skills in eyewear design and manufacture. Since completing this course, he has gone from making individual bespoke projects to working with major brands as a designer and design consultant under his pseudonym, Bonafide Mc Ginn.

    Brian Mc Ginn at work

    Brian Mc Ginn at work

    Brian was a YMC customer even before coming to London and as soon as he moved here, he made a beeline for their Soho store. When there, on seeing  that they liked to stock a few pieces of vintage eyewear, Brian realised that they too had a thing for glasses. This made them top of his list when approaching small independent companies to develop an eyewear line with. He says, “There’s definitely a shared interest in build quality and a wider sense of style, it’s something I’d love to develop further.”

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    This interest in build quality is what dictated the choice of Jura, France as the manufacturing centre. Brian, as a craftsman himself, has a highly critical eye and has been working with fine tolerances all his life, all of which makes him a difficult customer for the frame factories. Luckily, that same experience means he can create technical drawings and make perfect prototypes that allow the manufacturers to completely understand his vision. This knowledge added to time spent with the production team explaining his ideas means he achieves a quality he believes he can be proud of. “I have to take my hat off to our manufacturers in France for the build quality they’ve attained, I’ve not seen it outside of Japan.”

    For more information on the brand, see Brian’s Facebook page.

    Brian McGinn

    A relaxed Mc Ginn

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    Monday, June 3, 2013

    Custom made clip on sunglasses

    A new service at McClintock, Custom made clip on sunglasses! We can make a clip to fit any frame you bring to us or you can request it at the time of ordering your new frames. They can even be fitted to rimless frames.


    Clip collage copy


    There are many options available. A plain rim or an embossed one can both come in a range of painted colours or for an extra cost, you can have them gold or rhodium plated. Lenses come in three different colours in both standard plastic or polycarbonate. We can supply them as polarised for an extra charge and also Zeiss lenses are available if you want premium lenses.

    They come in their own small hard case and prices start from £125 for a standard clip and lenses. Delivery takes about two weeks and we do have to send your frames to the manufacturer so that the shape can be copied accurately.

    I have had a couple made to try them out and I think they are great. If you are interested, drop us a line or call into the store.

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