Think 20th Century icons; Michael Caine in his signature black spectacles, Audrey Hepburn in her big white sunglasses framing her delicate elfin face, Grace Kelly, Peter Sellers, iconic style makers such as Givenchy, Dior, and Vidal Sassoon. Think cult films of the fifties & sixties; The Ipcress File, Harry Palmer, Charade, and Two for the Road. They’ve all got one thing in common. Oliver Goldsmith. In the second half of the last century, when it came to eyewear, OG was synonymous with stars and style. In fact, he pioneered a whole new concept; Eyewear.
Oliver Goldsmith has one of the most influential design heritages of any eyewear company still in production. Established in 1926 this iconic, family-run, British eyewear brand has been instrumental in opening people’s minds to the idea that sunglasses are a key accessory to any outfit. The V&A Museum kindly describes Oliver Goldsmith as the “originator of fashion eyewear”, and “to eyewear design what Vidal Sassoon is to hair and Mary Quant to clothes”.
The international re-launch of the brand in 2005, led by Claire Goldsmith, Oliver Goldsmith’s great-granddaughter has seen the brand’s timeless designs reclaim their rightful place on the shelves of discerning boutiques and retail destinations worldwide as well as today’s fashion cognoscenti, from Lady Gaga to Kate Moss.
Oliver Goldsmith ICONS is a collection of the brand’s most iconic designs. Exact replications of sunglasses taken from the family’s archive or from the original design books – these sunglasses carry the weight of antiquity and the glamour of a bygone era. Every frame has a design authenticity and prestige that you can both see and feel – with all sunglasses handmade in Italy using only the finest materials and Carl Zeiss lenses.
By combining the world’s most skilled production partners, Goldsmith remains true to the core values of her family business. Each frame is individually crafted – with an incessant focus on comfort, fit, and quality. By investing in Goldsmith, you are investing in craftsmanship, individuality, and capturing a slice of history.
Oliver Goldsmith ICONS as well as a collection of original vintage OG frames can be seen at the only Oliver Goldsmith & Claire Goldsmith Store in the world in London’s Notting Hill: OG Store LDN, 15 All Saints Road, W11 1HA.
Oliver Goldsmith Sunglasses and Claire Goldsmith Eyewear have recently been showcased in Munich, Copenhagen, New York, and London with great reception.
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