Showcase – Designer Sunglasses in Preston

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As the largest stockist of designer sunglasses in Preston and beyond, we get asked lots of questions by clients looking for a new pair. So, we put together this article to answer some of the most common ones. If you need a new pair of good quality sunglasses, this article is sure to help you.

Which sunglasses provide the most sun protection?

This is not as simple as you might think! There are various types of light your eyes need protection from – Ultra-Violet (UV), Infra-Red (IR), High Energy Visible (HEV) and Glare.

All of our sunglasses provide excellent sun protection, but of course some are better than others. As a rule of thumb, Maui Jim is the brand to look for if you simply want the best all-round protection. Here’s a link explaining why in more detai

The Mongoose sunglasses are one of our favourite styles from Maui JIm. Click the image for more info.

Having said that, don’t rule out other brands which often also have excellent quality lenses. If you want prescription sunglasses, you can get still get Maui Jim’s, but we think these are even better:

Which sunglass styles are in fashion for ladies?

Oversized frames and unique shapes are definitely a trend. Here is a great example from Chloe:

The Chloe 0003S is available in Pink, Blue, Orange and Yellow. Click the image to see the other colours.

Lighter colours and particularly gold metallic frames make a great fashion statement in 2021. We love the Cancun from Eco eyewear:

We offer the Cancun in 4 colours. Click the image to shop.

Which sunglass styles are in fashion for men?

Round frames and minimalistic materials for sure. These Modo sunglasses are a perfect example:

For a more subtle look, these frames come in all black with non-mirrored lenses. Click the photo to shop.

Again, you don’t want to go too small when choosing your new sunglasses. In fact, another surprising trend has been large wraparound, sporty, shield sunglasses like this example from the Lewis Hamilton X Police collection:

You will see Lewis wearing this style to most of the F1 races, although this colour way is unique for him. We offer it in orange and black. Click the image to shop.

You will also notice the mirrored finishes on both of these styles. Mirrored lenses are one of the big trends in 2021, and add a really cool finish to the right frames.

What tint is right for me?

This is very dependent on what you want to wear them for. Wearing them casually? we’re loving blue tints at the moment, which is a very relaxing and on-trend colour.

For golf, purple is best, followed by green or amber. Other sports have their own specific optimal colour. Contact us for personal advice on this.

I mainly use sunglasses for driving, which ones should I choose?

Polarised lenses are very useful if you do a lot of driving. They block reflections from the road surface and windscreen which could be blinding.


DriveWear lenses, as the name suggests, were created to be perfect for driving, and they combine polarisation with an amber colour which improves your ability to judge distances and photochromic technology which adjusts the darkness of your sunglasses as the conditions change. This last point makes them perfect for UK weather as they are particularly good in rainy or overcast conditions.

Which are the best ‘designer’ brands?

Here at The Spectacle Factory, we are champions of independent eyewear – glasses and sunglasses made by companies who live and breathe what they do – as opposed to some of the bigger names who simply license their brand name to be made by other manufacturers – often cheaply in the Far East. We recommend to avoid Luxottica brands such as Ray-Ban.

But some of the ‘designer sunglasses’ brands like Hugo Boss, Jimmy Choo and Gucci, do actually represent great quality and value. If you visit our store just off the M6 and M65 motorways in Bamber Bridge, you will have access to 100’s of styles and we will guide you through the process to selecting your perfect pair.

Can they be made in my prescription?

Everything discussed in this article can be made by us in virtually any prescription, so you aren’t limited at all. Great news for glasses wearers.

Photochromic lenses can also be a great choice for certain use cases. They mean your glasses become sunglasses in the right conditions. If you’re thinking of getting a set, this video gives you 3 tips to make sure you get it right:

With the right frames, Photochromic technology can be a great addition to your glasses.

We hope you have found this article useful. Our twitter account is a great resource for staying up to date on the latest styles, trends and technologies. If you have any further questions, please contact us and we would be delighted to help.

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The Spectacle Factory is rated 5 out of 5.0 stars based on 20 review(s).


The Spectacle Factory was recommended to me by a friend and my experience from my initial eye test to taking delivery of my new glasses was first class throughout. The attention I received from James during my eye examination was both extremely thorough and professional. He worked patiently and diligently to fine tune my prescription. Robert's involvement in choosing my new frames and lenses was brilliant. At no time did I feel under pressure into making quick decisions regarding the choices made available to me. His expert knowledge and enthusiasm was very reassuring at all times. Having experienced several years of eye discomfort, I am now overjoyed with the difference that the team at The Spectacle Factory have made to my vision. Many Thanks.

- Mr Michael Mortimer


I brought my daughters in recently for their first eye tests and I was so impressed with how patient and thorough all the staff were with us. Trying to get a four year old to sit still enough for the scans was very difficult but Ben tried his best and didn’t seem to let it phase him. Claire was wonderful during the eye test itself, employing my 6 year old to be her assistant and making it fun for them both. Not being a glasses wearer myself, I was quite overwhelmed when I was told my 6 year old needed glasses, but Robert helped me to understand what her prescription meant and made sure that her beautiful new glasses fit her just right! Thank you so much to everyone at SF!

- Emma Venn


Picked my Reykjavik Eyes glasses up Thursday . Robert and his team are outstanding . I am a nervous customer due to bad experiences when I was young . They made the whole experience special and made me at ease throughout both visits . Robert is brilliant regarding frames to suit you no pressure just brilliant support and help . I would wholeheartedly recommend The Spectacle Factory to everyone. Thanks a million everyone.

- Alison Wood


Five stars without any hesitation. I immediately felt at ease and the atmosphere was very welcoming. The service was prompt and efficient. I felt the examination was very thorough and any questions I had were clearly answered. When it came to choosing my frames and what my prescription involved the options available to me were fully outlined. I didn’t feel under any pressure and I felt in charge of the transaction. From entering to leaving it was a lovely experience. I was a little hesitant in the current situation, but my fears were soon allayed as every precaution was taken to minimise the risks. Superior to any high street optician. Excellent all round! EH

- Elizabeth Horsfield


Living some 300 miles from The Spectacle Factory visiting was not an option for me, however, after checking all the reviews I decided not only to buy my J.F. Rey frames (seen on an online video by Robert) but also have my Zeiss smart life progressive lenses made by them. I had no worries. After taking advice from Robert the measurements required for the lenses were done locally at a nominal cost. I am now the proud owner of a pair of handmade 'wow' glasses and a very happy new customer. Use them with confidence. The customer service is truely outstanding.

- Alan Astin


Well they you pay for what you get. It’s definitely true of The Spectacle Factory. There customer service is the best I have experienced anywhere. I was not rushed with any decision and I was made to feel like I was there most important customer. What I paid was an eye watering amount but I got smartlife ziess lenses and frames that are very comfortable. I now also have very clear vision when reading. I thought it was not clear due to lighting in modern offices and homes. Wrong it was bad lenses and persecution not being quite right. Thank you for sorting it all out at the first attempt.

- Heath Christy


ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT I have been using the Spectacle Factory for a long time, but the latest visit was the best BY FAR..... I desperately needed an eye test, and was fitted in quickly. James, the optician, was excellent , as usual. 4 members of staff were outstanding in the service I received. Robert, Ben and Emma were absolutely perfect.....and Ruth, the manager was excellent, as she always is. The best visit by far...I cannot rate this place higher !!!

- K Rhys


Welcomed by and dealt with Robert during the whole process of choosing through to final fitting. Great service, great range of glasses, really helpful and informative. I would highly recommend

- Jenny T


After reading all the positive reviews I decided that a 40 minute drive would be worth it to try and get a new prescription and frames- I wear my glasses all day so need to get this right. I was so impressed with everyone’s desire to be helpful and make sure I was happy at every part of my visit. I wasn’t the quickest at choosing new frames but never felt rushed by Robert. He listened and gave helpful advice as we worked through choosing the frames and lenses I needed. They have a huge range of frames which meant I ended up with a pair I was really happy with. I actually chose a pair of prescription sunglasses as well, which I have been meaning to do for years. I loved the combination of cutting edge technology and personalised service. It’s so nice to see a team that places such a priority on customer satisfaction - they certainly deserve 5 stars.

- S McReynolds


Fantastic service! I attended the spectacle factory over a year ago for an eye test. They were amazing, and so patient with me! My Polaroid frame broke recently, so in desperate need called the spectacle factory to order a replacement frame. They were so efficient and helpful. Also my frames were covered under warranty and I didn’t have to pay a penny. AMAZING. Couldn’t recommend them anymore!

- Rebecca F


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


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


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


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

- Alex


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


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


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



- James


Excellent advice with a fantastic product range,

- Thomas Sayer


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

- Hattie

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