As a craftsman I care about how and where things are made. I like quality, I like to know a bit of the story about the stuff in my life, I like things that last. When it came time for new glasses there was only one option really and that was Savile Row Eyewear. This is the model I went for. The reaction has been interesting, old folk think they are old fashioned younger folk think they are great.
There is a rather lovely video filmed in the factory by the BBC here
Savile Row eyewear have made the frames for all sorts of famous folk including Harry Potter
I keep spotting them on screen, remember that famous Hitler sketch with the parodies all over youtube?
And perhaps my personal favourite Mr Anchovy in Monty Python’s famous lion tamer sketch
You won’t buy Savile Row eyewear in your local specsavers you need to go to a proper optician and they will send just one frame to any opticians worldwide for you. I got mine through a friend who runs the spectacle shop in Barnsley. I have come to realise that specsavers are a bit like Ryan Air, there is a perception of value but by the time you add on the extras for thinned lenses, extra for my odd prescription etc they end up not so cheap. It was definitely a good move going back to a proper optician and I am delighted with my new glasses.