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InSight into Vintage

InSight into Vintage

02, June, 2019

Some of the definitions of vintage are a time of origin, a group of objects of the same period and a style or fashion of the past. My personal favourite, however, is that it’s characterised by excellence and enduring appeal.

That is, for me, the true essence of vintage.

Styles come and go. We are constantly bombarded with pressure for the latest thing. If it doesn’t have a particular logo blazoned upon it, then forget it!

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Interview with Illustrator Alexandra Barnes

Interview with Illustrator Alexandra Barnes

01, February, 2019

We are interviewing Alexandra Barnes, full time spectacle wearer and illustrator from the West Country.

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Interview with Lyndsay Cooper from Pyewacket Millinery

07, January, 2019

Our blog interview this week features one of our super talented customers Lyndsay Cooper who owns Pyewacket Millinery. Based in Stockport in the North West of England, Lyndsay creates handmade hats inspired by the bygone eras.

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Watch U Wareing Vintage watches with Retro Spectacle vintage glasses

Interview with Luke from Watch U Wareing

02, December, 2018

Having just had Small Business Saturday 2018 we thought what better way to promote small businesses than feature a fellow trader on our website. Luke from Watch U Wareing specialises in the sale of Vintage timepieces.

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Retro Spectacle supporting Guide Dogs

Retro Spectacle selects its Charity of the Year for 2018/19

24, November, 2018

Retro Spectacle are delighted to announce that we have a commercial participator agreement with Guide Dogs www.guidedogs.org.uk

We will donate 3% of our annual gross profit to Guide Dogs which means every pair of vintage and retro glasses and sunglasses we sell contribute towards this fantastic cause.

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Vicky Viola for Retro Spectacle, Vicky Viola Vintage Sunglasses

Vicky Viola

26, August, 2018

Our blog post this week features the fabulous Vicky Viola from missvickyviola.com Having purchased a pair of vintage spectacles and sunglasses, both fitted with prescription lenses, we thought it was a fabulous opportunity to showcase them and Miss Vicky Viola herself.

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Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July

29, July, 2018

With July coming to a close, we wanted to let you know that we have supported the Plastic Free July campaign. The campaign encourages people to become more aware of their plastic use, helping to create a cleaner future for generations to come. 

Plastic is everywhere and it takes behavioural changes, to adapt and adopt the will to use less plastic in day to day life.

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Interview with Andy Crofts

Interview with Andy Crofts

18, July, 2018

This week we have been lucky enough to interview the fabulous Andy Crofts, an English singer-songwriter, musician and photographer. Andy is is in the indie rock band The Moons from Northampton and is the bass guitarist in Paul Wellers band. 

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Spring Summer Style 2018

Spring Summer Style 2018

23, May, 2018

Our latest blog brings you an insight into the latest trends for Spring/Summer 2018.

Its a lasting trend that vintage inspired frames are topping the charts and throughout all the style that are appearing on the catwalks, vintage influence can be seen throughout.

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Vintage Carrera Glasses, Vintage Carrera Sunglasses, Sunjet by Carrera, Boeing by Carrera, Porsche Design by Carrera

Carrera - 60 Years

27, November, 2017

It was in 1956 that Wilhelm Anger decided to name the company Carrera after the Carrera Panamericana border to border car race. Founded in Austria the company continues to pioneer the eyewear sector.

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autumn winter 2017 key eyewear trends oversized vintage glasses

Autumn Winter 2017 Style Trends

28, September, 2017

Now Autumn is upon us we thought it was the perfect time to announce the key eyewear trends for Autumn Winter 2017. Patterns are all over the catwalks with clothing, accessories and eyewear being no exception. All the current trends have been seen over the decades and our vintage glasses and sunglasses demonstrate this.

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Retro Spectacle Vintage Sunglasses, Cazal Sunglasses, Walter & Herbert Sunglasses

Summer Sunglasses 2017

02, May, 2017

With summer 2017 fast approaching, we wanted to let you in on this seasons latest sunglasses trends, mixing old with the new. Our original vintage sunglasses collection includes brands such as Christian Dior, Anglo American Eyewear, Carrera, Cutler & Gross and many more. Linking in with our vintage sunglasses collection we have the Cazal Legends collection, which is based on the original 1980’s designs

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Size Guide and Frame Measurments


It is important when purchasing your vintage glasses that the size of the frame is taken into consideration. All our frames have the measurements displayed for each frame on a tab called Measurements. The measurements displayed are the Lens Width, Bridge Width, Temple Length, Temple Width & Lens Depth. The measurements provided indicate the size of your glasses and are all recorded in millimetres.

Lens Width is the distance across the lens measured from the bridge. This distance can be dependent on the style of the glasses chosen, for example round glasses will have a smaller lens width. People with high prescriptions are better to keep the lens width as small as possible, as the greater the lens width the thicker the lenses.

Lens Depth is the depth of the lens at the greatest point.  A frame needs a minimum Lens Depth of 28mm to accommodate varifocals. 

Bridge Width is the distance between the lenses which sits across your nose. The greater the bridge width the wider the bridge across the nose. 

Temple Length is the length of the side from the dowel point to the end tip. Its important the side length is long enough to sit over your ear. 

Temple Width is the width of the frame across the inside of the front of the frame from temple screw to screw. This indicates the width of the frame, and is a great measurement to compare to your existing spectacles.

If you are unsure as to the size of any of our spectacles or you need advise or help comparing them to your current spectacles get in touch with us at info@retrospectacle.co.uk