October 17, 2019

In my time in optics, I’ve seen brands come and go, I’ve seen the big house manufacturers shift from good design to total mass production, and the sadness of old independent eyewear selling up.

But in the maelstrom of change in optical design, there has been one reliabl...

November 26, 2018

We've done it! We've only just gone and won Best Independent Retailer at the Birmingham Awards 2018!

A huge thanks to all of you who showed your unwavering support for our little shop by voting us as your favourite Indie Retailer.

We opened a mere 3 years ago with the ho...

June 23, 2018

We caught up with Zoe Wickens of Optician Magazine, discussing why we do what we do, and how our young store became a game-changer in the UK optical industry. 

May 19, 2018

Bubbling beneath the great shadow, cast by the monolithic giants in the eyewear industry, are busy little businesses with big hearts and passion for creating and crafting spectacles.

You will be forgiven for not knowing much about the movement, as their voices have been...

April 27, 2018

A new client brought a pair of spectacles that she bought online for us to glaze (to add lenses). "Sure!" I positively said, but half expecting to see a shoddily built plastic frame with dreadful spring hinges to hide the weakness of the material. 

I could not have been...

April 16, 2018

Spectacle Emporium! We are proud to announce that we won the highly coveted prize at the Optician Awards, on Saturday, in a category where every entry would have been worthy winners.

Nominees hailing from London to Ireland graced the fabulous event at the Birm...

April 14, 2018

On Saturday 21st April at The Bond Company, the Seasonal Markets will be hosting the first ever themed market of the year. And it's all about cheese!

Join us, and a host of other delectable indie traders and designers at this year's Spring Market. It's a one-day urban f...

March 14, 2018

Goodbye grey sky, hello blue! It's finally time to pack away the anorak and embrace the sunshine - and our flirtations through London and Milan revealed what's hot for this year. As ever we're here to shed the secrets from the avant garde indie scene so that you,...

March 1, 2018

There is a group, a rather large Group, in Italy that has been quietly buying out talented indie eyewear brands to flesh out their portfolio of mainstream luxury licenses that they produce. The Group is immense in scale, yet their presence so masterful that you cannot...

February 26, 2018

The world of eyewear fashion descended to cosmopolitan Milan this weekend, and already the impressive Mido exhibition was teeming with indie labels that sourced their inspiration from the nineties - from steampunk homages to Jean Paul Gautier to minimalist metal rounds...

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