Were focusing our attention on the fabulous Anglo American Optical. Founded in London in 1882, it is to date one of the longest standing optical frame manufacturers around.
When viewing our collection, it's interesting to note of the correlation between Anglo American frames and the leading styles marketed today. Vintage Anglo American frames are as stylish and fashionable now as they have ever been. A key influencer for the optical sector across the decades, Anglo American Optical have always consistently balanced style and fashion, with high quality manufacturing.
All Anglo American Optical frames are made of Cellulose Acetate. This cotton based material makes each frame hypo-allergenic - making them unlikely to cause an allergic reaction to the wearer. This material also makes frames, lightweight, durable and comfortable to wear, which is a necessity for any spectacle wearer.
Seen on celebrities across the globe including Johnny Depp, Michael Caine and Elton John, it is know wonder that this brand will stay at the forefront of optical fashion for years to come.
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!
We are interviewing Alexandra Barnes, full time spectacle wearer and illustrator from the West Country.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org