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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

What Are The Best Rimless Glasses?

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What are the best rimless glasses? Read on for a definitive take on what the specialists at The Spectacle Factory feel is the ‘number one’ rimless glasses manufacturer.

 

At The Spectacle Factory, we specialise in rimless glasses. Part of my job is to travel to international trade shows to source the most innovative designs… and in my opinion, one of the best designers out there is German manufacturer Flair.

It’s not one most have heard of, despite its history; we get asked all the time for Lindberg and Silhouette, but not Flair. So, I asked the opinion of Chris Fitton, their UK representative, to give you a bit more information on their unique glasses.

Before our interview, I did a bit of research on the history of the company. Here’s a timeline of how they have developed new technologies over the last 70 years:

Flair-Timeline

 

Interview:

(Robert Sands): What are the best features of Flair rimless glasses?

(Chris Fitton): I personally think this falls into 3 categories…

Firstly it’s all about lightness; all Flair pieces are hewn from either titanium or bio-steel (Non allergy steel).

Flair’s unique locking system, used on most of our pieces, negates the need for screws and bolts; in fact, to take things to its extreme Flair have a model with no nose pads making it one of the lightest frames on the market today.

(RS): (Here’s a video showing the amazing way Flair frames are assembled – which we do in-house:

 

However, because of the materials and techniques used, not only are the frames light but also extremely strong.

Secondly, those who are looking for the above features but wish to combine that with pure luxury

That’s where Art Couture fits in; all pieces are finished in 24kt gold plate either yellow, rose or white, embellished with Swarovski grade A crystals and even on request diamonds, rubies and sapphires. Sides can be ordered with a crushed diamond dust finish, but if that’s too much then just plain solid gold can be used.

Art-Couture-Glasses

Example of an Art Couture piece.

 

Lastly there are hypoallergenic properties for those who have sensitive skin.

(RS): I know that all Flair frames are handcrafted in Germany. What does that entail?

(CF): Being hand made in Germany Flair gives you the buyer the confidence that the whole process is checked from start to finish. For quality assurance we even enclose the personal card of the person that did the final check on the piece so if there is any issue this can be returned to that bench and reviewed by the person that put that piece together (this is very rare)

All Flair frames come with a 3 year warranty and we keep spare parts for 10 years (most companies discontinue a model after 1 or 2 and don’t keep parts afterwards).

This is the result of 70 years of rimless frame making experience by an independent manufacturer.

Flair-Headquarters

Flairpark in Oelde, Germany where each Flair piece is individually hand-made.

(RS): The main question I get asked about rimless glasses is, are they more fragile than regular glasses?

(CF): This is a common misnomer. They are no more or less fragile than any other frame. Often the materials play an important part in this aspect. Using titanium and bio-steel, Flair models do tend to flex and therefore absorb shocks and impacts better.

(RS): I’d like to add that the lens material is crucial in this respect, because the traditional weak points on rimless frames are where the holes are drilled through the lens to fit the frame onto. We specialise in a material called Trivex, which is virtually unbreakable, as you will see in this video (ignore the German):

Chris has over 20 years experience in the optical industry as a manager and buyer and eventually owning his own practise. For the last 10 years he has been a representative for several global brands. Many thanks to him for giving up his time for this interview.

If you have any questions for either of us, please feel free to tweet me @specfactory or call Robert on 01772 312213.

 

 

My thoughts and observations on my new Flair spectacles

A testimonial by Paul Van de Rooy

I am a person who knows what I want. I dislike it when people are in-flexable. I dislike the “computer says no” attitude. I love Innovation. I like to think we can achieve things through thought, improvisation and good design. These are the reasons I like the staff and attitude of the people at The Spectacle Factory.

The belief that every customer is an individual and the fact that you strive for customer satisfaction. The fact you make me feel valued as a customer and i am not just another person with unusual or awkward requests or ideas. I have visited many opticians and been disappointed with badly fitting glasses or being “bullied” in to accepting a product i was not 100% happy with.

The Spectacle factory does not compromise on what an individual wants. You push the boundaries of customer service to achieve the aims of the customer, offering guidance and support unlike no other place i have been to.

The Flair glasses I have purchased feel, much like yourselves, innovative, well designed and leave me with a feeling that i have received a quality product.

I like the idea of making the lenses wider to accommodate my facial features.

The option on the lenses to custom build my perfect pair of glasses, and the quality of the frames with the no screws and special hinge design, that will give me years of reliable use, with minimal maintenance.

Anybody who has any doubts about this should see some of the “horrors” i have had to put up with before finding you guys.

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