Garrett Leight EVENT: Friday 8TH Nov from 3PM

It’s the big one!

Drop everything, clear your diaries, arrange your early finish from work; make sure you do NOT miss our exclusive Garrett Leight event!!

Our Californian friends will be taking over our store from 3pm to 7pm on Friday 8th November


At our Garrett Leight event you can expect to find:

  • Every Garrett frame in every colour, and all of the awesome GLCO sunglasses, 
  • The very exclusive Mr Leight collection,
  • Badges,
  • Bottle openers,
  • Cleaning sprays, 
  • Spectacle magazine, 
  • Deck chairs, 
  • Beer, 
  • Special lens discounts with frames ordered on the day…

We’d love you to join us! If you would like more information or would like to come along, you can get in touch here:

Garrett Leight Event
GLCO Event 2019

Who is Mr Leight?

“A collaboration between father and son, Larry and Garrett Leight, Mr. Leight bridges multiple generations of design and craftsmanship to deliver superlative contemporary eyewear. Together, they are committed to creating uncommonly thoughtful, beautiful, and original designs that combine the classic and the new and reflect the spectrum of their immense eyewear knowledge and expertise.

Mr Leight

Mr. Leight represents a perfect union of Larry Leight’s decades-long history working with the finest eyewear craftsmen in the world as the Founder and Creative Director of Oliver Peoples, and Garrett Leight’s entrepreneurial spirit and uncompromising contemporary vision in his own endeavor, Garrett Leight California Optical. For both Larry and Garrett, creating impeccable, iconic eyewear is a truly lifelong pursuit.”

Mr Leight
Mr Leight

Warning: Christmas light switch on….

The day before our Garrett Leight event, Thursday 7th November, is the Newcastle Christmas lights switch on. Sam Fender is hitting the button this year so 5000 people are expected at the base of Grey’s monument from 5pm (the light switch on is 6.30pm).

As in previous years, it will be impossible to get in and out of our store so we’ll be closing our doors at 5pm on Thursday and running for the hills!

We look forward to seeing you on Friday 8th November for the Garrett Leight Special! Image

glco event

The Finished Article!

This time last year we had just finished our store make-over. We absolutely love our new space and we hope you do too!

Our new home!

The Central Arcade

Our huge side windows offer a great view down the historic Central Arcade.

Central Arcade Window

Frames galore!

Our reclaimed bureau and dentists drawers provide room for hundred’s of amazing frames and sunglasses!

More frame storage!

Hanging out!

The new store has a Manhattan feel and we love hanging out here!

from side
A nice place to hang out!

Finished View from Grey Street:

So here we are! Come and pay us a visit sometime! We are right at the top of Grey Street, near Grey’s monument.

store front

World Class Eyewear

We are proud stockists of the leading independent eyewear brands from Europe and across the world. For a really special pair of glasses that you cannot wait to put on your face, look no further!

We like to do things a little differently from most opticians. We have so much stock that we cannot keep it all on display! While you scour the shelves to see what catches your eye, one of our frame specialists will make suggestions from our huge array of frames. We like to have fun helping you try on frames and you will end up spoilt for choice!

You can book your no obligation frame consulation here:


Throwback Thursday…

What a difference a year makes!

This time last year our store make-over had just commenced. After 11 years on Grey Street it was time for a fresh new look. Here’s a little throwback to October 2018 when our store refurbishment was in full swing.

rip out throwback
Out with the old!

Bare Bones!

The aim of the fit out was to get back to the original fabric and character of our historic Georgian building. In particular, we wanted to make the most of the high ceiling and the beautiful windows onto Grey Street and the Central Arcade.

We had hoped to polish up the original floor boards but unfortunately many were warped and in some parts missing altogether!

Back to the brick!

Reclaimed Floor

The plan B for the floor has been a great success! To cover all of the holes(!) we arduously hand cut a reclaimed timber floor into a chevron pattern. The old gym floor is one of the most talked about features of our new look store!

reclaimed floor
New floor going down!


The extra work on the new floor led to a lot of late nights and a race to get the whole thing finished on time.

shopfit chaos
Busy finish!

We did it!

Huge thanks to our friends, family and the workmen who put in a huge shift to help us get over the line! We are delighted with the results which will be revealed in our following post next week…

If you can’t wait for the next blog post you can always pay us a visit! You are sure of a warm welcome and can try on a feast of spectacles and sunglasses while perusing our new premises! Though it looks a lot different it is the same location as ever at the top of Grey Street!

# TBT # Throwback

Store Refurbishment: Prep time!

Has it been a year already?! Flash back 12 months to October 2018 and we were busily prepping for refurbishment…

Reclaim, Refurb and Rediscover

From the earliest stages of planning, our aim was to restore the original features of our amazing Georgian building and celebrate the splendor of the neighbouring Victorian arcade.

After months of planning and design meetings, ideas became reality! Our custom made furniture was almost ready…

The Beautiful Bureau

Bureau Refurbishment

This beautiful bureau would become a feature piece in the new store…

This is where we store our amazing collection of frames!

Reclaimed and restored to its former glory, it takes pride of place in our window to the arcade.

dentist drawer refurbishment
Antique drawers, ready for a new lease of life!

We added wheels and drawer linings in our signature colours to this antique cabinet.

With almost 1000 frames in our collection, you can never have enough storage!

Pale pink and brass details are a big part of our design. This is a sneak peek of our custom window display!

These vintage bar stools now sit around our central dispensing table.

Catch up on the next blog post to read all about the fit out process and see the finished result!


Paris 2019

Paris 2019
En-route à Paris!

The GREY ST. team descended on Paris last week for our annual trade show visit. It sounds romantic drinking champagne and trying on amazing eyewear all day but we promise you it’s tougher than it looks!

With our good friend Johann from MYKITA

What’s new from the show?

We couldn’t go all the way to Paris and not find something brand new. We have something really special on the way and can’t wait to show you! Be first to hear about it by following us on http://www.instagram/greyst_optician

show business
Oh my gosh, he looks good…… in that frame!

Team effort!

Choosing glasses is a team effort at GREY ST. We are passionate about what we do and all like to be involved in the frame selection process. This helps us have an encyloplegic knowledge of our eyewear and enables us to find perfect frames for every face!

show business
Spoilt for choice…

Frame Consultation

It does not matter who you speak to when you come in to our store. Everyone is fully versed in the latest eyewear trends in the UK, Europe and across the world. We are all invested in what we do and the frames we stock. Let an expert help you choose your next pair of glasses by booking a GREY ST. frame consultation today!


We have a new Optometrist…

Ruth is our new superstar optician! She’s a Glasgow lass with a wealth of optical experience (16years at Boots Opticians).

She loves a bit of colour and has already found herself these amazing Theo glasses:


She’s a ‘coasty’ and walks her dog Columbo on the beaches of Tynemouth. After one month at GREY ST. it feels like she has been here forever. We love her and we are sure you will too!

Paris trip

With a keen eye for fashion, Ruth came to Paris on our frame finding mission. She loved getting involved with the team and helping choose some fresh new eyewear to bring back to the toon. More details of our Paris trip will be coming up on our next post…

Having fun in Paris 2019

You can book an eye test with Ruth now

103 Grey Street
Newcastle upon Tyne
T: 0191 260 5450

Opening Hours

Monday 9.30am to 6pm

Tuesday 9.30am to 6pm

Wednesday 9.30am to 6pm

Thursday 9.30am to 7pm

Friday 9.30am to 6pm

Saturday 9.30am to 5.30pm

Sunday Closed

It could be you…

GREY ST. is a fun place to work. If you are passionate about incredible eyewear and can give amazing service, it could be the place for you. Please send in your C.V. to We read them all!

A Re-Discovery of Futurism

The artistic and social movement of Futurism celebrated originality and rejected tradition.
The Futurists practiced in every medium of art, including painting, sculpture, graphic design, interior design, film, fashion, literature, music and architecture.

Dance Hall Scene c.1913-4 Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson

The movement of Futurism was founded in Milan in February 1909 by the Italian poet Filippo Tommaso Marinetti.
Controversial and multifaceted, Futurism represented Italy’s most significant contribution to European Modernism. The movement finally lost momentum with the death of Marinetti in 1944.

He seems like quite a guy…

Although the movement was short-lived, it went on to influence surrealism, expressionism and art deco.

Exactly 110 years later, Futurism was rediscovered. This time, in the form of Eyewear…

In February this year we traveled to the birthplace of Futurism for Mido Eyewear Show, Milan. It was here that we discovered The Futurist Collection by Anne et Valentin.

Over the past few years we’ve seen a shift back to more nostalgic frame styles. Traditional silhouettes, colours and materials have dominated the trends. Even the innovators have been influenced by the past.

Anne et Valentin are taking things in a whole new direction with their Futurist Collection. The frames are multidimensional. The colours are vivid. Striking contrasts and repeating laser patterns create deconstructed structure.

The Futurist Collection is made of three striking shapes: Neon, New Wave and Night Call. Each model is imaginative, exciting, and maybe a little excessive. The perfect addition to any eyewear enthustiast’s collection!

“If Giorgio Moroder were to put a ring on Kraftwerk’s finger in a virtual cathedral illuminated by the rays of a green sun seeping through the pixelated stained glass windows in a remake of Enter The Void in 2035, their children would be FUTURIST.” Anne et Valentin

It’s all in the Details…

A Closer Look at the Artistry of Jacques Marie Mage

Jerome Jacques Marie Mage is a designer with a unique sense of quality, sophistication and style. He’s inspired by art, history and culture. Jacques Marie Mage pairs these interests with the most innovative production processes to create a product that is distinctly elegant. Each JMM is a collectible; produced in artisinal batches of between 200 – 450 worldwide.

The Jacques Marie Mage collection is formed of three families: Circa, Vanguard and Vu…

The Circa Collection

The Circa Collection is manufactured in Japan using a combination of traditional techniques and cutting-edge technology. It features a range of rare subtleties which represent the identity of JMM…

The Arrowhead

JMM’s custom signature arrowhead hardwear is a nod to the timeless projectile point used throughout human civilisation. It represents technical innovation and historical craftsmanship.

Custom Rivets

Spur-shaped hardware rivets made from either sterling silver or 18k gold. These details adorn the Circa Collection stems. They are designed to illustrate the classic 8-toothed horserider’s spur, a symbol of perseverance and drive.

Dome Logo

The domed metal logo can be found on the inside temple of each frame. The Coat of Arms design represents a spectrum of cross cultural affinities from the French First Empire to the American West. It is in the style of French First Empire cameo jewellery.

The Vanguard Collection

The Vanguard Collection is handcrafted in Valdobbiadene, Italy. Here JMM have developed unique acetate lamination methods. These techniques allow material combinations, sculptural temple designs and vibrant color combinations never before seen in the eyewear world.

The Vu Collection

Comfort born of Precision, Beauty born of Balance. The VU Collection is crafted from especially thick 12 mm blocks of Japanese acetate that are sculpted and hollowed to create an ultra-light and slender front piece. This is paired with signature temple construction; an advanced blend of pure titanium and Beta titanium. These details give the frame strength, balance, and a distinctly refined aesthetic. The JMM temple is finished with a hand-painted burgundy temple tip using Japanese enamel.

The resulting collection is balanced, refined, and available at the finest retailers across the world. To own a pair of Jacques Marie Mage spectacles is to own a true work of art.

For a chance to view this exquisite collection, arrange a frame consultation today.

Big Birthday Frame Blitz

40 at 40

Three cheers for Nic who turns 40 this week! He’s celebrating with a well-earned holiday in Geneva.

The boss might be away but it’s all systems go here on Grey St…

We’re having a big birthday frame blitz until Friday 2nd August. For 1 WEEK ONLY, all frames and sunglasses are up to 40% off!

Nic and Nancy sporting sunnies in Geneva!

The Birthday frame blitz includes optical and sun styles from Grey St. favourites Theo, Anne et Valentin, Mykita and Garrett Leight. Now is the perfect time to treat yourself to a new style, like Nic and his new frames…

The birthday boy in JMM!

For the full experience, we recommend a GREY ST. frame consultation. Book in today!

Don’t slip up and miss out!


Back in February, Rach went out on an eyewear expedition. We had heard exciting things about an up-and-coming collection; Lowercase NYC.

Lowercase NYC are the first eyewear collection to be designed and manufactured in Brooklyn. We wanted to know what all the buzz was about, so Rach headed stateside to see for herself!

Rach at Brooklyn Army Terminal, NYC

Built in 1919, the Brooklyn Army Terminal housed the largest US military supply base during WWII. Today, it’s been repurposed for manufacturing and industrial use. Lowercase NYC work alongside other New York City-based makers, artists, and manufacturers. Each frame is a piece of New York, inspired by the people, culture, and history of the city.

NYC skyline

The team took Rach on a tour of their Brooklyn workshop, and showed her how their frames are designed and produced. She was so impressed by them, that she decided to bring the collection back to Grey St.

We’re now the first and only stockist of Lowercase NYC in Europe!

The beauty and quality of Lowercase NYC needs to be seen to be believed. Get in touch for the chance to see a piece of New York for yourself!

Trunk Show

MYKITA Trunk Show

Thanks to all who attended our MYKITA Day Trunk Show. We had a blast!

MYKITA Day Trunk Show

It was great to see so many familiar faces, and some new ones too!

We had rather a lot of frames here! It’s nice to see all of the colours in all of the styles in one place at one time.

But, don’t worry if you missed out! We have carefully handpicked our favourites from the collection. A rather large number of brand new Mykita frames are winging their way to Grey Street right now!

Grey St. Optician is an exclusive stockist of Mykita and many other leading independent eyewear brands. We get excited about eyewear and we think you will too! Come and see us for a no obligation frame consultation to learn more…


MYKITA in the Haus:

German eyewear gurus MYKITA will be taking over Grey St. Optician THIS THURSDAY 25th APRIL from 1pm to 7pm.
Every MYKITA frame and sunglass will be in store, including new and unseen stock, special editions and collaboration pieces. There’s no obligation to buy a frame, but we’re pretty sure you’ll find something you love…
Our friends at Tokai are backing the event with HALF PRICE LENSES for any frames bought on the day!
We have limited time slots available so please register your interest ASAP by emailing:

Thursday 25th April

What to expect at MYKITA Day…

Please allow at least 40 minutes for one of our frame specialists to talk you through the frames over a German beer or a glass of wine.
There is an eclectic mix of frame styles with everything covered; minimalist, retro, bold frames, quirky limited editions and stunning sunglasses. All are handcrafted in their Modern Manufactory in Berlin. It will be friendly and relaxed afternoon and you are welcome to just come and take a look!
We look forward to seeing you on Thursday!

Mykita Day

Easter hours

Easter weekend

The sun will be shining for Easter weekend! If you need some amazing new sunglasses for 2019, here’s our all important opening hours:

Good Friday: 11.30am to 4pm,

Saturday 20th April: 9.30am to 5.30pm

Sunday: CLOSED

Easter Monday: CLOSED

Up your sunglass game!

Grey St. Sunglasses

Following our recent endeavors in Milan and New York, our 2019 sunglass collection is better than ever before! We have some great new brands and styles to show you by cool, independent eye-wear companies from around the world.  If you want something a little different to the mainstream brands found at the airport, this is the place to come:


The new-look Grey St. Optician



New York New York

No Apologies for being Independent

Fresh from our trip to Milan last month we got an unexpected bonus… The largest eyewear exhibition in New York was looking for a top UK practice to travel across the pond to see how they do eyewear, stateside. How could we refuse?!

How could we refuse?!

Lofty ambitions

The New York eyewear scene..

…is certainly thriving. We had lot’s of fun exploring the Loft and met lot’s of great characters, with great glasses!

bold eyewear
Bold is beautiful!

New eyewear for Grey Street?

We couldn’t possibly come away empty handed! There are some amazing frames winging their way to the Grey Street shelves. Independent eyewear, handmade in New York and never before seen in a UK opticians… we can’t wait!!! We’ll keep you posted when they land!

We took a day trip to a Brooklyn factory to watch the frame making process! This is the frames getting polished up in a tumbler, ready for action.


Mido catch up

It’s been a whirlwind few weeks for the Grey St. Gang! Now back from Mido global eyewear trade show in Milan, let’s catch up with Rachel and Laura, and see what’s new for SS2019…

So girls, how was your trip to Milan?

Laura: It was amazing! Totally exhausting but worth it.

Rachel: Yeah – five airports, three flights and a train – but two amazing days at the show!

Laura: We had only had one night in Milan but we managed to find gluten free pizza for Rachel! And we found time for a couple of cocktails too…

Mido fun!

And what about the show itself? Did you find plenty of amazing eyewear too?

Rachel: Oh yes. The new collections are already starting to arrive and they’re awesome. We’re so excited to share them with everyone.

Laura: This is a really exciting time for eyewear – There’s such a broad spectrum of design out there.  Eyewear is so personal, and every person is so different. It’s great to be able to represent that in our collection.

Rachel: We’ve noticed a shift towards more unexpected shapes. Frames aren’t simply “round” or “square” any more. And it’s the same with materials too… We’re seeing more combinations now – vintage acetate details on metal rims, and the addition of metal nosepads onto plastic frames.

Laura: Shapes are more playful now; circles within squares, quirky geometric details, and quite a few hexagonal frames too!

Rachel: We’ve also brought back some very interesting limited-edition collaborations.

What are your predictions for eyewear trends in 2019?

Rachel: There’s definitely a seventies vibe going on right now… We can see that in the oversized shapes and also in the colours.

Laura: Yes, we especially saw a lot of peach tones, in optical and sunglass styles. There was a lot of cream and off-white too… Great for spring and flattering on so many skin tones.

Rachel: People are either going more and more minimal, or bolder than ever before.

Laura: Minimalist or Maximalist – there is no in-between!!

MILAN 2019! The hunt for amazing eyewear…

It’s a tough job

…but someone’s got to do it! The never-ending search for amazing eyewear continued in Milan this week. Laura and Rachel  were the lucky ladies to make the trip.


Out and about in Milano


The work bit…

The trip was centered around the largest international trade show dedicated to the optical sector, MIDO. With over 1200 exhibitors and countless amazing frames to try on, there was much for the girls to get their teeth into!


Eyewear Milan
Fun at the fair…


So what’s new?

We will chat to Laura and Rachel next week for the low down on the latest colours, shapes and styles emerging in 2019. Look out for our next blog post!


New frames in store!

After a flying start to life in our new look store we had a problem… Our frames drawers were emptying rapidly!

Fear not, we have lots of new and exciting frames arriving as we speak!

New frames
New frames arriving!

We have new frames from Ahlem, Maison Margiela and Dita to name but a few!

More details will follow next week but they are in store NOW! Including some new and very special eyewear from across the pond!

To be first to view them, we recommend a no obligation frame consultation. We love them and can’t wait to show you the latest and greatest independent eyewear the world has to offer!

New frames
Beautiful new frames arriving now!


2019 is here! January Sale NOW ON!!!!

2018 – What a year it was!

A year ago we said we had some exciting plans, and 2018 sure was exciting! Thanks to our loyal clients who travelled with us into our new chapter, and to all of our new friends we made this year too. We’ve ended 2018 on an absolute high and cannot wait to see what 2019 brings…

January Sale

2019 January Sale NOW ON!

Here’s how it goes:

Buy 1 frame and get £60 off.

Buy 2 frames and get £160 off.

Buy 3 frames and get £300 off.

We have some “double discount” frames which are an incredible bargain. Hurry while stocks last!



Season’s Greetings

Season’s Greetings

…from all of the team at Grey St. Optician!

seasons greetings


Thanks to our our amazing customers for a fantastic year. 2018 was a busy one! We had frame hunting trips to London and Paris, Rachel’s wedding and then a full refurbishment of our store! The feedback to our shop fit has been overwhelming so thank you for your kind words. An extra shout out to those who brought us lovely Christmas cards and gifts. We have all enjoyed our fair share of chocolate and biscuits over the past few weeks!

That’s us for 2018, we’ll be back open on Wednesday 2nd January raring to go again!

season's greetings

That’s a wrap folks!

Christmas Gifts!

Getting Festive…

Grey Street is buzzing with the Christmas market, the all new Grey St. Optician and our new neighbours The Naked Deli! Come along and join the fun!


Grey St. Christmas voucher


Christmas Gifts


Stuck for Christmas gifts this year? What better way to treat a loved one than some spectacular new eyewear! It’s pretty hard to pick someone a frame… but a bespoke Grey St. voucher might just do the trick! Ping us an email to if you’re interested and we will tell you more!



Festive Opening Hours


We close for Christmas at 5.30pm on Saturday 22nd December.

In Christmas week, we are open Thursday 27th to Saturday 29th December (usual hours).

We re-open for 2019 on Wednesday 2nd Jan at 9.30am.


We hope you all have a fantastic time!