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.
Selecting a charity isn’t an easy task as there are so many deserving cases but with our passion for vision for all (and also dogs!) we felt this was a good decision to give something back and we hope you feel the same.
The charity is not solely focused around dogs, but also offers other services such as 1:1 sighted guiding which helps people regain confidence and get out and about in the local community and services catered to children and young people.
Guide Dogs have been around for over 80 years. There are over 4,950 guide dog owners in the UK. Guide dogs are accessible for both blind and partially sighted people.
The ability to get around is vital in order to live a full life yet thousands of people who are blind or partially sighted never leave home alone. Guide Dogs empowers visually impaired people to do that and relies on the support of the public to fund its services.
The full lifetime cost of a guide dog from birth to retirement is around £58,000.
Guide Dogs relies on the skills and energy of around 11,000 volunteers who do everything from fundraising to boarding our dogs in training.
Retro Spectacle fully support Guide Dogs aims of wanting a society in which blind and partially sighted people enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else and we help people with the skills they need to get around.
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.