On the 30th November it was the launch of the all new Cutler and Gross Vintage store down at the renowned antique Church Street in Marylebone. I was invited along but I was unable to attend due to a poorly baby (and a poorly me). We have both recovered now, thank god!
Even though I was not there, I want to cover this story because I have always been a fan of the brand and I have very fond memories of meeting the Creative Director when I first started blogging over 5 years ago! She gave me a lot of her time and taught me a lot about eyewear. I also remember very vividly her giving me a tour and showing me some of the Cutler and Gross Vintage archives so it is lovely to see that now, 5 years on, the archive frames are out on sale and have their own stand-alone store.
So, what makes this store so special? I can give you some facts which should get any eyewear/vintage lover excited. There are over 300 original styles handpicked from the archive by the Cutler and Gross design director Marie Wilkinson which contain the most diverse shapes and colours. Amongst these limited edition frames, some date back to 1969 when the brand was born so it is truly the shop to visit if you love eyewear and want a real vintage piece.
Back in the day, glasses only served a medical purpose and it was Cutler and Gross who challenged this idea and turned eyewear into a fashion accessory. Some of the frames in this Vintage store also represent a slice of eyewear history which is amazing!
It is a shame I was not there on the night as I was really looking forward to seeing the frames because who doesn’t like vintage, especially vintage frames, they are just amazing! If you love vintage optical or sunglasses then take yourself down to the store! If you are a fan of the brand then you should definitely visit.
If you do not have time to go to the store or simply live too far away but still wish to get your hands on a pair then there is a selection available to buy online.