From the land of Master Opticians hails the brand that stands its ground.... And the strong shapes and prime colors of Cutler and Gross are hitting the San Franciscans hard at Spectacles for Humans.
OK, Mr. Cutler and Mr. Gross are Optometrists, and we at Spectacles for Humans look at the nature of this profession in US with a very long stare... Regardless, these chaps in England are different, and not just because they have an accent. They know exactly what's going on with eyewear. Here it's all about fashion. And high fashion, no less!
Their original shop dates back to early '70s and from there, the duo decided to conquer the world with their designs. Oh, they could have gone "masstige" on us a long time ago and showered all with useless imitations of the originals, but instead, they chose to be original.
With most of their frames essentially made by hand, the production is minuscule comparing to most major brands flooding the market these days. They are openly transparent about the way they make their frames and want to set themselves apart from many complicated, molded glasses that require many machine processes.
Easy to say, hard to implement. Quality labor is extremely expensive and finding craftsmen is becoming difficult. Some of the frames will be produced in Italy, where artists know their way with leather, to produce stunning pilot shapes with rim wire wrapped in luxurious hide. Others are made in France, and some travel to you from as far as Japan, because that's where the tradition of craftsmanship is the strongest today.
In short, get your face to SFH soon, before all the good stuff is snapped up by local fashion and graphic designers.