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Thursday, May 16, 2013

New Struktur have arrived.

Back in March, while I was at MIDO, the Italian optical show,  I put a teaser photo of one of the collections I saw there. It was of new colours from Parisian brand Struktur.


Designed by Hughes Poillerat, these frames are hand-made in the Jura in France. Hardly surprising given the quality of them but what is surprising this year are the colours. Bold neon green and orange with a healthy dose of other jelly colours. Maybe it is time to put the austerity friendly black and tortoiseshell away for a bit?


New shapes and colours for this year are in stock now. For something a Little different, come in and see them.


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Monday, April 22, 2013

Special Spring Offer


It can’t have escaped your notice that the cold weather has been banished for another year and the sun has finally made an appearance. In honour of this, we have an amazing offer that runs till the 30th of May.

Your second pair of spectacles at half price!

Simply choose two pairs of spectacles and have lenses fitted to both and we’ll knock 50% off one pair. This might be a good opportunity to get some prescription sunglasses in time for the summer now that it is looking more likely to be a good’un.

Terms and conditions of offer.

Offer is for a 50% discount on one pair of spectacles and lenses upon purchase of one complete pair of spectacles and lenses. Discount will apply to the lowest price frame and lowest price lenses. Second pair must be for same person as the first. It will acceptable to have different prescriptions in each pair provided that they are for the same person (for example, distance in one and reading in the other). Offer will end at 19.00 on the 30th of May 2013.

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Portugal’s Finest

Today we are very happy to introduce Paulino Spectacles to you. They have just launched their first collection and were conceived by optician Ramiro Pereira Paulino in honour of his Grandfather, Paulino Bernardo Pereira, the man who started the family opticians in the late ‘30s.

Paulino Bernardo Pereira, Grandfather of Ramiro.

Paulino Bernardo Pereira, Grandfather of Ramiro.

At a time when most frames were custom-made and made to order, Ramiro’s Grandfather was famous for his fastidiousness. He ensured that his customers received eyewear that was robust, that fitted well and suited them. His customers were from mostly agricultural backgrounds and the strength, comfort and quality of the eyewear they bought was extremely important.

Paulino Spectacles 3

When Ramiro’s Father took over the business in the ‘50s, he moved the business to the town of Caldas da Rainha. Although he was moving into a market already well served by opticians, his skill and experience made him stand out against his competitors. He continued his Father’s made to measure service and created customised frames for his clients with the same attention to detail and perfectionism that had made his Father’s frames a byword for quality.

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By the ‘70s Ramiro junior was spending his out of school hours at his Father’s business. Amusing himself by making toys out of the offcuts of the frames his Father was working on. He grew up in this environment and learned the craft from his Father, eventually working in partnership with his Father. Ramiro has a passion for the legacy of his family business and in particular, the creation of new frames. Frames that can arouse an emotion in the wearer because of the feel of the high quality acetate, the luxurious colours and the sense of craftsmanship in each pair of spectacles or sunglasses.

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Paulino Spectacles is a collection of fourteen frames available as either optical or sunglass configuration. Each one is hand-made in Portugal at the last surviving eyewear factory in the whole of the Iberian Peninsula. There is not a single computer at the factory. Each frame tooled by hand and worked on by one of a team of five. They use (as always) the best Mazzucchelli organic acetate that ensures a level of finish that matches the vision of Ramiro.

Ramiro Paulino Pereira, founder of Paulino Spectacles

Ramiro Paulino Pereira, founder of Paulino Spectacles

We have every model here for you to see at the moment and we are the only store outside of Iberia to have them. To try them on, pop into the store and for more information on Paulino Spectacles, visit their website.

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Friday, March 8, 2013


Last weekend, I found myself in Milan for the Mido optical show. Although the more commercial of the two largest optical shows, expectations were still high. The recession affects creatives as much as any other profession. On the one hand, it is well documented that financial hardship creates an environment of job insecurity leading many to make the leap into self-employment but also it tends to inspire creativity in some. When these two influences combine in the optical market, we get lots of new companies. And so here we are.


There seemed to be a raft of these new companies showing their collections for the first time. Some good, some not so good. One thing I noticed is that a lot of frame manufacturing companies are offering collections direct to opticians now. I guess that, when faced with lower orders from the designers, they need to use their production capacity in some way. Unfortunately the designs of many of these companies were a little bland but nice to see people trying to keep the European factories working. Not that it is very likely but were the manufacturing centres of Jura or Cadore to fail, I doubt they could be restarted.

Trend wise, this year seems to be the year of Neon (or day-glo or fluorescent or whatever you like to call it). Trends in colours tend to be driven by material companies. Much as in clothing, when a new palette is released, everybody wants the new style. Last year saw the release of new colours from the largest supplier to the hand-made market and now we see the result of the inspiration it provided.

New Struktur

The above example is by French brand, Struktur. I will have these in store in a few weeks. Michel Henau had new models and colours which, though maybe not neon, still exhibit a more colourful direction.

Below is an example of one the new models from my favourite German designers, Framers. They have some exciting new shapes and colours and again we see some brighter colours coming from them.

FRAMERS lookbook 2012


On the new front, I have been looking at the work of Veronika Wildgruber for the last year since she launched her collection. Veronika is a Berlin based furniture designer who has turned her hand to eyewear. They are hand-made in France (in Jura of course) and are pleasantly quirky but ultimately glamorous. They should be in store just before the summer.

The last little thing I picked up were modern-day pince nez makers, Seeoo. I have been eyeing these for a few years and wondered if I should get them in. Lately I have been asking a few of you for your opinion and it seems to be well received. They will arrive in just a couple of weeks. For those of you who don’t want to wear varifocals all the time, these can be gently clipped to your nose below your specs (if you wear specs) and allow you to read comfortably.


Stay tuned for some rapid updates over the next few days. We have a few arrivals that we need to tell you about!

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Free Hoya Workstyle Lenses

Our lens partner Hoya Lens UK Ltd. has very generously offered a free pair of workstyle lenses for anyone purchasing a pair of Hoya’s iD varifocal lenses.

Workstyle lenses are designed to allow you to see not only what you are reading but also either up to 2 metres away or 4 metres away depending which you choose. So if you spend a lot of time at a desk, they give you a wider field of vision at short and medium distances. When you leave your desk, just slip your varifocals on for full distance vision.

Hoya’s iD range of varifocals are made using the new freeform technology which allows them to tailor the design of the varifocal to your individual needs. They are more comfortable to look through and decrease the levels of distortion you sometimes find on lesser quality varifocals.

The offer runs from now untill the 28th of February and the workstyle lenses can be fitted to a frame you already own if you like.

For more info on the Workstyle lens, go to the Hoya Website.

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Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to you all. We have now closed and will reopen on the 27th. We’ll be open then until the 30th and then closed again till the 3rd of January. Have a great time during the holidays and hope to see you soon.

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Last days.

Last eye testing day of the year today. I’d say Wednesday would be the last day you can order specs and get them for Christmas if they are single vision. Don’t say you weren’t warned!

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Monday, November 19, 2012

What ever did happen in Paris?

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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Monday, September 17, 2012

Nilplug Jewellery in Wallpaper

What started out as a temporary arrangement has become a permanent fixture. Nilplug jewellery which is designed and manufactured by McClintock customer, Neil Marlow, has been available in store since December last year and we can proudly say we were first to stock them.
This month, Nilplug has been featured in Wallpaper magazine. Renowned for it’s eye on cutting edge design, it is a real honour for Neil and for Nilplug to be featured.
For more information on Nilplug, go to www.nilplug.com
For more information on Wallpaper Magazine go to www.wallpaper.com


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