• 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: September 2014

    Tuesday, September 9, 2014

    A bit of Rock and Roll comes to McClintock

    John Varvatos Conduit St Launch Party 2

    On Wednesday night, I was lucky enough to be one of the 800 invited guests that attended the opening of the John Varvatos store on Conduit St. It was a star-studded affair with more rock royalty than you could shake a Gibson Flying V at. Ringo Star, Miles Kane, Paul Weller, Jimmy Page and Iggy Pop all turned up. Jamie Reynold from Klaxons was the DJ for the evening and The Hives gave a live set to round off the night. Not too shabby for a Wednesday after work night.

    The Hives arrive at John Varvatos Conduit St. 1

    All this was to celebrate the launch of his new store on Conduit St. but it also coincides with the launch of the John Varvatos Eyewear collection. I am very excited to say that we are one of the first stockists of the collection in London.


    John Varvatos launched his clothing label in 2000 after 17 years of working for Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein.  From the outset, music was the muse for John’s work. He grew up in Detroit, a city that has provided the soundtrack to at least three generations of teenagers in its history, from Motown to The Stooges to the White Stripes. His Bowery store in New York is the building that once housed CBGB, a place that epitomises American punk and New Wave. References to music, and in particular rock, can be found throughout his clothing and accessories.

    John Varvatos V795BLA54

    The eyewear collection is no different. With nods to guitar heroes, lizard kings and maybe a little Stonehenge, the shorthand is rock to the core. Like a 1959 Stratocaster, no compromise was made on the materials used. They are hand made in Fukui Japan and like the classic Strat, the combination of different materials makes the whole a thing of beauty. Japanese acetate (naturally), stainless steel hardware and pewter trims create pieces of eyewear more multi layered than Dark Side of the Moon.

    John Varvatos V361RED53

    We have optical frames and sunglasses in stock right now. Buy a pair and release your inner Gene Simmons, you owe it to yourself. #peacerocks

    Jhn Varvatos V792GUN59

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