SOLSTICE by Anne et Valentin – available now!

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!

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Solstice by Anne et Valentin

 

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:

 

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Where to find Anne et Valentin Sunglasses

 

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!

 

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Mykita Trunkshow: Thursday 3rd May 2018

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.

MYLON
Mykita MYLON

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.

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Mykita’s latest collection: LESSRIM

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!

 

http://www.mykita.com

 


Happy Birthday Laura!

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.

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Happy Birthday Laura

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.

 

 

 


Weather Transitions

After snow, hail and heavy rain it’s great to see blue sky over Grey Street!

It’s time to dust off the sunglasses and put them back on your nose!

We have some amazing new sunglasses for 2018 but there are some amazing new prescription LENS options too:

We fitted this Anne et Valentin with custom-made colour changing lenses – Soft green gradient  dark grey tint. Perfect for our contrary weather!

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Grey sunglass lenses

 

Traditional Transitions lenses, that go dark in the sun, can now turn sapphire blue or purple… as well as the classic grey, green and brown.

For driving in low sunshine, graduated polarised lenses cut out glare and look great!

We have so many options to turn your beautiful frame into an amazing and unique pair of sunglasses.

Come and see us while the sun is shining!

 

 


Mr. Leight

Mr. Leight:

Here’s the low-down:

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…

Mr. Leight Preview Event in Paris

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!

Signature cocktails!

 

 

 

http://www.mrleight.com

 

 

 


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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ex2SCgeIGSM

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!

 

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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.

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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!

 

 

 

 

http://www.theo.be

 


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

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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!

 

 


http://www.ahlemeyewear.com

 


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!

 

http://www.laeyeworks.com

 

http://www.vinylize.com

 

 


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:

www.Instagram.com/greyst_optician
www.Facebook.com/greystoptician

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!!!


Aviators

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.