A QUANTUM LEAP: New brand alert no. 1

March is an exciting month at Grey St. Optician! We have not one, but two amazing new brands to introduce.. the first of these is QUANTUM.

Our good friend Henrik Ørgreen has expanded his Ørgreen Optics portfolio with a completely new concept.

Quantum, the latin word for “amount”, has its roots in physics and refers to the smallest possible discrete entity of any physical property. Ørgreen have devised a spherical component for a new hinge which is hidden in the front of the frame – now that is discrete!

The front of the frame is 3D printed polyamide, the sides are Ørgreen’s signature material, high quality Japanese titanium. The new hinge is the magic that links the two together! Here’s a video showing how:


There is a Quantum frame for everyone; the colours include vivid hues and subtle tones, the styles range from classic to contemporary. All of the frames have the unique Ørgreen quality of being understated but with attitude!


Fun at the Fair

Here’s a little throwback to October 2017 when we were the first to see prototypes of Quantum at an international trade show. As you can see the Ørgreen stand is not only popular for their fantastic eyewear but also their amazing smoking mojito’s, Salud!


Fun at the fair

At Grey St. Optician, we are committed to finding the freshest and finest independent eyewear brands on the planet. There are some AMAZING frames out there and we have so much fun curating a collection to bring back to our boutique in the centre of Newcastle. We want you to share our passion for eyewear and look forward to welcoming you to our store!





Snow on Grey Street

There is snow lying on Grey Street. If you are brave enough to head into town, we will be here waiting with a warm drink! We are open our usual hours and will update this post if there is any change. Please take care in the wild weather.


Independent Eyewear: Theo!

Roll up, roll up, new Theos are in town! The most free willed independent eyewear brand on the planet has not let us down with their latest collection. Pictured above is one of the new noodle collection, Ramen.

Theo potato acetate
New potato acetate frames by Theo Eyewear!

We have new potatoes which feature acetate fronts and Theos unique sprung arm – pictured is Kartoffel 14.

Or you can visit the stations of Helsinki, Antwerp and Grand Central!

Find out what all of this madness is about by visiting Grey St. Optician today.

Theo are independent eyewear aficionados! Their inspiration is to move away from mainstream glasses in favour of groundbreaking original designs. Good for them! We are always super excited when a new family of Theos arrive because they are so different from the last… not just for the Belgian chocolates we find in the box.

If you want to have similar frames to everybody else then Theo is NOT the brand for you!

If you love individuality, style and non-conformity then ‘Theo loves you’, and so do Grey St. Optician!







Anne et Valentin event: Sunday 4th February

Anne et Valentin are launching their new 2018 collection at an Italian trade show next week, but we have them here first… THIS Sunday.
Please join us for a special preview event and see brand new frames before anyone else!
If you love a frame on the day and
pre-order it, you will receive a complimentary ‘champagne afternoon tea for two’ with our friends at 21 (usual price £37).
PLUS… We have a selection of Anne et Valentin frames from earlier collections which will be 20% off on the day…. and you still get your 21 voucher!
If that wasn’t enough, we will have a MYSTERY BRAND on display too. A collection of rare, collectible handcrafted eyewear will be in store for one day only! We can’t give any more clues, but we can tell you they are beautiful and we can’t wait to show them to you…
Our usual Super Sunday opening hours apply: 11.30am to 4.30pm. Please call or email if you would like to come and take a look!

Thank you 😊

Grey St. Optician is an independent business, set up and run by local people with a passion for great eyewear. We have reached the milestone of our tenth year so would like to say a massive THANK YOU for your support over the years. We could not have done it without you!
We have some exciting things planned for 2018 so watch this space for further details…

Christmas Opening Hours

Merry Christmas to one and all!

If you are coming in for your eye-wear fix this Christmas period, we will be OPEN AS USUAL apart from:

Christmas Day – CLOSED

Boxing Day – CLOSED

New Years Day – CLOSED

Take a look at our posh new frame wardrobes: This is the ultimate gift for the eyewear collecting fanatic! You can also get Grey St. Optician vouchers, cleaning kits and tote bags!

Have fun, see you soon…

Grey St. Optician


Introducing…. Ahlem

Introducing Ahlem Manai-Platt. Ahlem has created a beautiful eyewear collection which we are delighted to bring to Grey Street!

A proud Parisian, Ahlem has named each frame after a famous neighbourhood or landmark in the French capital; the frame captures the feeling and colours of that particular place.
Small details mean a lot! Each frame is designed and handmade with an unrelenting attention to detail. Lightweight palladium is dipped in 3microns of gold and impeccably finished with vintage acetate temple tips. Flex hinges come with a lifetime guarantee.

We officially launch Ahlem THIS SUNDAY 3rd December as one of our Super Sunday specials, come along to be first to view these amazing frames!





Christmas Market…that time already?

The Christmas market has landed on Grey Street, yes it IS that time already!

There is a great atmosphere in town and the sun is shining!

If you’re coming in to start the Christmas shopping, make sure you call in and say hi! Did you know we offer a free glasses MOT? Get that wobbly arm tightened, let us check the fit of you’re frames or just get you’re lenses cleaned so they are extra sparkly for the Christmas season!

If you really want to look the part over the festive season, we have just taken delivery of lots of new frames following our trade show visit last month.

There are amazing new colours from LA Eyeworks, up-cycled vinyl beauties from Vinylize and all of the latest Garrett Leight frames are now in stock.

Why shy away from wearing glasses? Get some amazing frames that you can’t wait to show off to your friends! We have the finest array of independent eye-wear, right here on Grey Street. Come and take a look!







Eye Test

This is Hannah, our new optometrist! She will be at Grey St. Optician two days a week to share the eye test workload with Nic and Tim. Don’t worry, you will be in very safe hands! Hannah recently completed a Masters of Science in Optometry and works at the hospital eye department at the RVI 3days a week. In her spare time, she likes to keep fit and travel. We know you will love her!
To book an eye test with Hannah, Nic or Tim click here.

*Please note that our appointment times have been extended to 40minutes to give us more time to talk to you! By listening to your needs we can offer tailored advice that can really make a difference to you.

Show time!

Laura, Rachel and Hannah arrive in Paris for an international eyewear trade show. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it!
After an exhausting but exciting few days we have lots of new things we can’t wait to show you. New brands, new models, new colours and new concepts will be winging their way to Grey Street over the coming months.
Make sure you’re first to know when they arrive by following us on:


In case you were wondering:
Laura is wearing an Orgreen aviator with an amazing new colourway, affectionately described as ‘Matt fog grey’!
Rachel’s GLCO aviators have been pimped up with a pink custom tint. We have lots of bespoke tint options and ideas that can transform your eyewear, ask in store for details!
Hannah’s frame is from Grey St. Optician favourite, L.A.Eyeworks. Bold, bright and beautiful but very wearable I’m sure you will agree!
All of these frames are in stock right now!!!


Pilot’s glasses, or aviators, were originally designed in 1936 by Bausch & Lomb.
Many of you have, or have had, a pair of aviator sunglasses. Now, with a little refinement in shape and style, it’s aviator optical frames which are causing a stir!
At Grey Street we have aviators large and small! Technical, lightweight frames from Mykita or laid back west coast cool from Garrett Leight California Optical. Among our favourites in Garrett’s collection are the foldable ‘Van Buren’ model and the classic ‘Club House’ which is pictured above. These beauties have just come back in to stock (and do not hang around) so hurry in now to give them a try!

Hula Blues

Hula Blues is a collaboration between two juggernauts of the independent eyewear world!
Maui Jim have teamed up with Vinylize to produce a one-off Sunglass frame that is very special indeed.
The frame is handmade in the Vinylize factory in Budapest using upcycled records. The different grooves on the record making each frame unique.
The lenses have Maui Jim’s all singing, all dancing polarised plus 2 technology. They are amazing to look through!
This Sunglass is hot property! Order a pair exclusively at Grey St. Optician today!

NE1 Newcastle Motor Show

NE1 Newcastle Motor Show hits Grey Street this weekend! Come and try the simulator, ogle at the beautiful cars, and try on some awesome sunglasses at Grey St. Optician!
The sun is shining and the town is buzzing!
Make sure you say hi to our good friend and Grey St. client Kim at Porsche! Thanks for the pic Kim!
The NE1 Newcastle Motor Show is the largest open-air city-centre motor show on some of Britain’s most beautiful streets. There are some real head-turners from Bentley, Aston Martin, Tesla, BMW and many more!
Make sure you have sunglasses to look the part in when viewing (or hopefully driving!) these beautiful cars! We are open until 5.30pm on Saturday 8th and 11.30 to 4.30pm on Sunday 9th!

Great Glasses, Perfectly Fitted!

When you collect your new glasses from Grey St. Optician we take time to fit them perfectly.
World class eyewear deserves world class fitting!
Our team are highly trained and experienced and importantly, they are enthusiastic glasses wearers themselves.
Discover the joy of great glasses, perfectly fitted, at Grey St. Optician.

Sunglass event: Saturday, 3rd June

Don’t miss our sunglass event THIS Saturday, 3rd June. Featuring:

* New collections and previews
* Limited edition models in store for one day only
* Special offers / discounts for orders on the day
* Customisation Station – for bespoke tints and sunclips.
* Complementary pink champagne (or beer!)
* Order on the day for a chance to win a free Seiko watch or festival tickets.

Get in touch for more details or if you would like to join us. The fun will begin at midday!

Learn more about some of the amazing brands that will be on display:








Frame your face with L.A.Eyeworks

“Stop looking and start seeing”
Since 1979 L.A.Eyeworks have been breaking the mould with limited edition frame designs that are fresh, exciting and a little provocative.
A huge hit with celebrities that want to stand out from the crowd, why should we all blend in to the background? The simple answer is, we shouldn’t!
Be an eyewear celebrity, be bold, have fun, wear L.A.Eyeworks… we dare you!

“A face is like a work of art, it deserves a great frame”


Sunglasses 😎

2017 sunglasses are now in stock… and they are amazing!!!
Fresh new styles from Oliver Peoples, GLCO, Rayban, Maui Jim, Vinylize and many more!
At Grey St. Optician your new sunglasses will be perfectly fitted and come with a limited edition Grey St. tote bag.
If you need prescription sunglasses we have lots of new and exciting options; colour changing lenses, coloured anti reflective coatings, new polarised lens colours. You can give your sunglasses the wow factor and make them unique!


Newcastle Opticians

Grey St. Optician is a Newcastle Opticians with a difference.
We are a fun and forward thinking team of optics enthusiasts.
We are located in Newcastle’s finest street at the entrance to the historic Central Arcade.
We are proud to work with amazing independent eyewear designers from all across the planet.
We want you to look and feel amazing in your glasses and sunglasses!

Crazy for Sunglasses Clips!

We are crazy for sunglasses clips here at Grey St. Optician. Definitely the must have accessory for 2017!
We have awesome sunglasses clips from Oliver Peoples, Dita and Garrett Leight California Optical, and a few beauties from Mykita!
If you have your heart set on a frame which doesn’t come with a clip we have that covered too. We can customise clips to any colour or lens shade for any frame.
A customised clip can do amazing things to a pair of glasses! Come and check them out…