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The Spectacle Factory is rated 5 out of 5.0 stars based on 10 review(s).

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Friendly service, thanks to Robert who took the time and care to ensure that I was happy with my new glasses. I would definitely recommend.

- Paul Wellman

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Visited the Spectacle Factory a couple of weeks ago for the first time. James did my eye test and was very thorough and informative. Chose a pair of glasses afterwards with the help of another member of staff. Great customer service. I have always gone to high street opticians before and never sure what glasses suit me. I was allowed to take my time and offered helpful advice. Love my new glasses which I picked up with the week. I will be returning to the Spectacle factory in the future. Far superior in terms of quality and customer service compared to other opticians I have been too.

- J B

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My wife and I both have great glasses (and sunglasses) from The Spectacle Factory. Right from our very first visit we have been very impressed with the highest level of care and attention to detail, both with eye tests and the choice of lenses and frames. They seem to have a flair for helping you to choose the right glasses. Once your order is ready, nothing is too much trouble to ensure that the fit and the suitability of your glasses is perfect for your needs and that you are completely happy. Their ongoing service is second to none. We can highly recommend The Spectacle Factory..

- Geoff Gosling

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Came in today for help with some frames, repaired no questions asked, there and then on the spot Brilliant service

- Alex

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All the staff are so helpful and switched on to all your requirements I would recommend them all day what a good experience

- Roy gardiner

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The Spectacle Factory offer me the kind of customer service and ability to customise my choice of spectacles that just is simply not available on the High Street. From Initial contact, to delivery of the finished product, you are treated like a loyal friend. Nothing is too much trouble. Unbiased advise, on choosing the correct spectacles for your particular application. A vast range of frames from the very cheapest to the latest designer frames. I choose the Spectacle Factory, because they can provide me with, customised glasses, to align with my particular needs and requirements. Most high street opticians have a 'one size fits all' attitude. The Spectacle Factory does not subscribe to this theory and treats every client as an individual. Their eye sight is very comprehensive and is 50% longer than the industry standard. If you value your eyesight, and want the very best care, this is the place to visit.

- Paul van de Rooy

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Rob and the team were excellent help with the professionalism and advise . I will become a faithful member of the spectacle factory!! Thanks again team

- Dan Amin

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- James

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Excellent advice with a fantastic product range,

- Thomas Sayer

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Highly recommend The Spectacle Factory - excellent service will definitely be using again.

- Hattie

Retro Glasses

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An insight into Retro glasses and their present day ‘mass appeal’.

It’s clear that Retro glasses are massively popular at the moment, from the classic Wayfarer shape to vintage Round style. So I caught up with Chris Fitton from Anglo-American Optical, a company that has been designing frames in England for arguably longer than anyone else, to find out some of his opinions on the retro look.

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The Wayfarer shape works for both glasses and sunglasses.

 

(Robert Sands): Why do you think retro frames are making such a comeback?

(Chris Fitton): As we all know fashion does tend to come round in circles, for example flares, 501s, and the Mini Cooper. This gives manufacturers the opportunity to apply new technologies and materials to old icons and to reintroduce the classics to a new generation.

For this reason Anglo-American Optical have introduced Airlite; this is a 2mm pre hardened acetate that is both light and strong with 6 models and 6 colours in each model. We have used models from the core range for this such as the 406 (Johnny Depp frame).

Airlite-GlassesExample of an Airlite model.

(RS): A lot of people are nervous about changing to an acetate (plastic) frame from something perhaps more subtle. What advice would you give them?

(CF): Don’t go all out for the fashion victim look… Take into account your complexion and personality as that is most important. Black frames may well be too heavy but a tortoiseshell may suit in light or dark or think outside the box; grey or crystal are getting popular.

To this effect most of our frames are done in 6-8 colours so there is plenty of choice.

 

(RS): What shapes and colours are you finding the most popular recently?

(CF): Easy… Round, all day long, whether it be in metal like Ghandi or John Lennon, or acetate in the style of David Hockney or Johnny Depp.

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Johnny Depp wearing the model Fitz

(RS): We love the Anglo-American brand – I wear one myself! – Can you tell us a little about their authenticity as the ‘original’ retro glasses?

(CF): Anglo-American Optical has a vast history (since 1863) and therefore a large back catalogue to call on. We are used in many films and shows, and stars and celebrities love us as the product doesn’t have large names emblazoned all over it, keeping the look both traditional and clean.

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Example of a vintage Anglo-American Optical frame still in production

Many thanks to Chris for taking the time to speak to me. If you have any questions for either of us, please don’t hesitate to tweet me @specfactory or call me on 01772312213.

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