…but someones 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.
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 girl’s to get their teeth into!
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!
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…
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!
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!
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Today marks 5 years in the UK for our Dutch superstar Frederike. She followed her heart to the north east of England and has never looked back… apart from waving off her friends on the Amsterdam ferry!
So Frederike, having worked in some top eyewear establishments in Amsterdam and London, how does life in Newcastle compare?
The biggest difference I notice here is how friendly everyone is. The Grey St. clients have welcomed me with open arms and are really fun to choose glasses with. My Geordie accent is improving all the time!
How does it differ from an opticians in Amsterdam?
I was already familiar with many top brands, such as Theo and Dita, from my work in Amsterdam, but Grey St. Optician have brought all these brands together. It’s great to work with such an eclectic range of frames. I’m also involved in selecting the frames for our collection, which I love.
Things have changed a lot since you joined our team… How are you finding the new look Grey St. Optician?
It’s amazing! The whole team were involved in the design process so it really feels like it represents “us”.
It’s so different from the way it was before… I think the only thing that’s stayed the same is my colleagues, which is good because I love working with them.
My favourite part of the new shop is the big, central table where we do our frame-styling. It’s a very social space and makes choosing the frames feel very personal. I love getting to know all of our amazing clients!
Frederike will be heading back to Amsterdam on 20th December to visit her family for Christmas so please call in before then to see her!
Our new look store is fully up and running. If you haven’t been in yet, here’s a sneak peek inside!
The first thing people say, after “wow”, is that it feels a lot bigger!
Despite the spacious feel, we have more frames in stock than ever before; almost a thousand pairs of amazing glasses in fact. That sounds like a lot to try on! To make it easier for you, we have a team of dedicated eyewear nuts, all with an encyclopedic knowledge of frames, sizes and colours who can help you out. You show us the styles you like from our display gallery, we’ll show you a host of similar options (and maybe some that are a little different) to help you find the perfect frame (or frames) for you! Our large central table is where the magic happens, usually over a glass of beer or a good cup of coffee.
We would be delighted if you come in to visit our all-new store. We are in the same place at the top of Grey Street.
To get the full Grey St. experience it is best to book in a frame consultation. They are FREE and there is no obligation to buy. We love what we do!
We are proud to unveil the all new Grey St. Optician! It’s been a tough few weeks but we’re delighted with the end result and can’t wait to show you around.
It’s the same business, the same staff and the same location, just an all new look… and some exciting new frames!
The aim was to restore the original features of this amazing Georgian building, with the high ceiling and huge windows into the historic Central Arcade taking prominence. We also discovered a few interesting features that we weren’t expecting! More about that later…
Here’s some pics of the work in progress:
The work is now complete and the dust has (just about) settled. Come and take a look at the all new Grey St. Optician!
The plans look great and we can’t wait to show you the all new Grey St. Optician!
To make the magic happen we need to CLOSE from Monday 15th October to Thursday 25th October.
We won’t be able to offer eye exams during this period so if you need a test or new glasses, be sure to book in quick! We have allowed extra clinic space this week (which is filling up fast!) and have extended our California Dreaming offer until the shop fit commences.
Don’t worry, we will still be around throughout the shop fit! We will answer phone calls and emails as normal and you can collect your glasses and contact lenses from our temporary hangout nearby. Details will follow next week…
We had hoped to do the shop fit for our store’s 10th birthday but now it is our 11th! Time flies when you are trying to negotiate a new lease!! Fortunately the lease is all sorted now so we’ll be here for at least another ten years! Hooray!
The endless summer of 2018 continues with our California Dreaming late summer spectacular! Get a taste of the Golden State with up to 50% off California’s finest eye-wear brands!
Always wanted that preppy Oliver Peoples frame? How about Garrett Leight’s effortlessly cool frames, clips and shades?
And it’s not all about laid-back vibes on the West Coast…
The elegant luxury of Dita’s eyewear is also designed in the heart of California.
Come along to take a look and you could be California dreaming, too!
After launching with just 4 frames in Venice Beach in 2011, Garrett Leight California Optical are on a rapid upward trajectory. Now they rub shoulders with the leading independent eye-wear brands on the planet. Grey St. Optician was one of the first GLCO stockists and it has been a pleasure to share the journey with them.
Each frame is named after a Venice street and embossed with VC/CA90291. They are influenced and inspired by the people, places and stories of California. With effortless cool, they perfectly encapsulate the West coast vibe… and we love it!
Each Oliver Peoples frame is inspired and created in the design studio in West Hollywood, California. Remaining true to the sophisticated, intellectual aesthetic made iconic by the brand, tortoiseshell hues feature heavily in the collection.
Each frame is meticulously handcrafted in a dedicated factory following a process that combines both technological advancements and the human touch. A dedicated team of highly trained technicians assembles the individual frame components and hand polishes them in a process similar to fine jewelry. The result is the finely crafted eye-wear with enduring integrity and authenticity of design.
A category of one. DITA has had the unique pleasure of serving the world’s most discerning clientele. You can’t literally see the teams of designers, research and development, or the number of months it took to make a pair of DITA frames. But you will always feel its presence when you hold it in your hands. Which is why DITA’s design and manufacturing standards are regarded as the benchmark by which all other luxury eyewear brands are judged.
Whether its effortless West coast cool, classic tortoiseshell, or a little bit of luxury, the California Dreaming – late summer spectacular is sure to have something for you!
Time for a new pair of sunnies but no idea where to start? Looking for a versatile piece for every occasion, or something new to compliment your collection?
The Grey St. Guide to Sunglasses 2018 will help you find your perfect pair of shades…
If you’re looking for classic shapes, you’ve come to the right place. The Grey St. shelves are packed with P3s – that’s the preppy, almost round frames that are all the rage right now!
Black and tortoiseshell timeless, and crystal colourways are a slick alternative but still neutral. If you’re ready for a change from acetates, try tailored metal with a brushed finish.
If this is your style, take a look at our collections by Oliver Peoples and Garrett Leight… and ask to sneak a peek at our super-exclusive Mr Leight collection!
Nothing says glamour like a perfect Cat-eye, and this season is no different. From subtle to striking, we’ve got it all. You bring the sass and we’ll find your sunglass…
Squared: Wayfarers and so much more…
If there’s one thing that everyone agrees, it’s that Wayfarers are timeless, but if you prefer a more refined look there are plenty of lighter variations to choose from.
Every face suits a rectangular sunglass, and finding the right one for you is all in the detail; smooth angles are effortless, while sharp corners have an edge. Choose a keyhole bridge for vintage vibes, or a straight brow line for a contemporary touch.
And for something completely different…
Occasionally, the world’s finest sunglass designers like to let rip and create something really spectacular and unique… This year we have limited edition Mr Leight sunglasses, Mykita’s collaboration with Maison Margiela, and some mind blowing Theo’s! Hurry in for these ones, when they are gone, they are gone!
Last but not least are clips, the accessory for your accessory and the no-brainer for anyone with a prescription! Bespoke sunclips can transform your eye-wear!
Hopefully this taster guide has given you some ideas. For more inspiration on amazing sunglasses, come and pay a visit to our boutique store on Grey Street, Newcastle!
We have taken delivery of some very exciting sunglasses!
Anne et Valentin’s Eclipse collection features a subtle layering of translucent material around the body of the frame. The crystalline hues filter the light to change the apparent size, shape and colour of the frame according to the light conditions. A trompe l’oeil or magic trick, this certainly makes for a very special pair of sunglasses!
The Solstice model, a Grey St. Optician favourite, has a rounded lens shape which magically transforms into an elegant cat-eye. Think retro, feminine, expressive and beautiful! These sunglasses MUST be tried on to be fully appreciated! You know where to find them:
Grey St. Optician is an independent boutique featuring the worlds finest eyewear. If you have not been before, please come and pay us a visit – we are a friendly bunch!
Join us on Thursday to see the entire MYKITA collection. Every frame in every colour will be in store for one day only so don’t miss out!
The Mykita collection is rather large these days with frames ranging from discreet to defiant. You are sure to find frames or sunglasses that you will love!
The Grey St. gang discovered Mykita ten years ago at an international eyewear trade show. We were super impressed with their slender, stainless steel frames and no screws that could work loose. Mykita gave these subtle frames the catchy title ‘Collection No. 1‘ as there was more to come…
Collection No. 2 featured bolder acetate frames which again had screwless technology. These were later refined to feature the thin steel arms of the first collection.
After years of development, Mykita used ground-breaking technology to produce 3D printed eyewear frames from fine powder: Mykita MYLON was born. Lightweight and tough with almost limitless design possibilities.
Mykita’s latest challenge was to re-invent rimless eyewear… We are now carrying the pure and minimalist LESSRIM collection; Ultra-fine rims surround the lenses, leaving a faintly shimmering outline. The result is a virtually translucent aesthetic – the ultimate refinement in eyewear.
This relentless drive to push the boundaries of eyewear production has brought Mykita a plethora of design awards. As the exclusive Mykita stockist in the North East of England it is our pleasure to bring you this award winning, cutting-edge eyewear. It would not be possible without you, our discerning clients who are prepared to try something new and different from the regular frames that are found on the high street.
Please take the opportunity to view this vast and impressive collection in its entirety – we can’t wait to introduce you. Thursday 3rd May, 1pm – 7pm
Please call or email if you would like to come along!
Laura has reached a special birthday today. While she is away celebrating I thought I would embarrass her with an old photograph and tell everyone how good she is.
So, here she is ten years ago at one of our first in-store events. As our longest serving team member she has had great influence in growing our store from a new start up to a thriving independent practice. She has been a regular visitor at international trade shows curating a unique and exciting frame range for our store, very much in her image.
She won national recognition at the AOP Awards when she was voted Optical Adviser of the Year and she has not stopped there. Laura is now following up her BA Honours degree with a Dispensing Optician qualification, she is a busy girl!
Laura is much loved by our clients and her colleagues, she is a joy to work with.
We hope you have a fantastic holiday and a very happy birthday, Laura!
Much love from your colleagues at Grey St. Optician.
Larry Leight founded Oliver Peoples in Los Angeles in 1986.
His son, Garrett, founded GLCO: Garrett Leight California Optical in 2010.
Now, the head honchos of two of Grey St. Optician’s most popular eyewear brands, have collaborated to create ‘Mr. Leight’
Garrett and Larry want to keep their new brand super exclusive… They have hand-picked 72 stockists worldwide to debut the collection; 54 of those are in Europe, just 4 are in the UK, 1 of which is on Grey Street in Newcastle!
The Mr. Leight frames have just arrived at Grey St. Optician. Hurry in to view them before anyone else!
Mr. Leight Preview Event in Paris
On a very rainy September evening we were invited to a chic Parisian apartment on Rue d’Alesia, for a special preview event of the Mr. Leight collection…
Once inside we were lucky enough to meet with Larry, Garrett, and the rest of the team who introduced us to their creative concept over a signature cocktail. Getting to party with such legends of the Eyewear world was amazing; their shared passion is undeniable, and we were blown away by the frames. We knew that we had to bring them back to Grey Street!
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!
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!