[Spec-tacular glasses]

I have a love/hate relationship with my eyes and glasses in particular. I’ve had the same set of Ray Ban wayfarer’s for 8 years now. Oh yes! I did geek-chic before geek-chic became ‘cool’. The only problem is… the prescription is wrong, the lenses are scratched and they are so loose they fall off if I’m not careful. Winner – I know!

I’m one for putting something off and changing my glasses is another thing on a very long list that I’m hoping if I ignore it will go away. But it appears help is at hand, in the form of Archibald Opticsfounded on the ideal of producing great eyewear that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

Designed in London with the glasses being created in Japan, the brand gives a whole new meaning to east meets west. I first heard about Archibald Optics though the brands Creative Director, Chris Benns who I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a few times. He is possibly the best brand ambassador, always seen with a pair of super cool glasses on and regularly featured wearing the brand on street style blogs.

Each pair of frames, with vintage names like Edmund and Ayrton feels personal and focuses on retro shapes, not seasonal trends. When it comes to making your decision on styles you can choose three which will be posted to try on at home for a week, allowing you to see what really suits you best. The glasses fit around your hectic lifestyle, not the other way around. It takes the pressure off the usual shopping experience that I’ve been dreading for years.

The eyewear collection itself is hip, scholarly and will restore your vision with style. I’m going to take it for a test-drive. Who’s with me?






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