KUBORAUM

KUBORAUM and a big thank you…

Thanks to all of our clients, old and new! We have loved helping you choose some amazing eyewear in 2019!

Our hectic year included frame-finding trips to Milan, Paris and New York. We were proud to become the first European stockists of Brooklyn based LOWERCASE.

Now, we are delighted to introduce a very special new brand for 2020…

KUBORAUM

 

Organic architecture dreamed in Berlin

EYEWEAR IS NOT AN INANIMATE AND INORGANIC OBJECT, BUT OBTAINS THE POWER OF A MASK. IT CHANGES THE PERCEPTION OF SELF. THOSE WHO WEAR THE  MASK, COME TO LIFE AND ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE TO FREE THEIR IDENTITIES. THESE MASKS REPRESENT CUBIC ROOMS, A NEW DIMENSION WHERE WE CAN FEEL AT EASE, COMFORTABLE WITH OURSELVES AND THE WORLD AROUND US. KUBORAUM IS NO LOGO. IT IS A MASK WITH ITS OWN LOOK AND POWER, BUT AS SOON AS YOU WEAR IT, THE MASK DOESN’T HIGHLIGHT ITSELF, BUT IT HIGHLIGHTS THE PERSONALITY AND FEATURES OF THE PERSON WEARING IT, KUBORAUM’S IDENTITY IS ABOUT THIS RELATIONSHIP…

KUBORAUM

High Impact!

If you like a bit of wow factor with your eyewear, these frames are for you! As worn by personalities with personality…

 

KUBORAUM

View KUBORAUM

You can view the collection exclusively at GREY ST. Independent Optician. You can do this by arranging a frame consultation by clicking here:

https://www.greyst.co.uk/appointments/

0191 2605450

If you need an eye test, we can do that too!

 

 

https://www.kuboraum.com/

Festive Opening Hours

Festive Opening Hours

For your GREY ST. glasses fix this Christmas, here’s the all important opening hours:

Christmas Eve CLOSED

Christmas Day CLOSED

Boxing Day CLOSED

Friday 27th 9.30 – 17.30

Saturday 28th 9.30 – 17.30

Sunday 29th CLOSED

Monday 30th 9.30-17.30

New Years Eve CLOSED

New Years Day CLOSED

Then it’s back to normal opening hours for 2020 – the year of the Optician!!

Optician

 

 

SHOW BUSINESS!

 

Paris 2019

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!

Yohann

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

Handsome

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!

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! https://www.greyst.co.uk/book-an-appointment/

 

 

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 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 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.

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.

 

Congratulations Rachel: Dispensing Optician!

She Passed!!!

Well done to Rachel, who is now a fully qualified Dispensing Optician!

3 years of hard work have paid off as Rach passed her Dispensing Optician course with flying colours.

Rachel
Dispensing Optician at work!

 

Rachel had already completed a BSc and Masters in forensic psychology before she saw the light. When we say the light, we mean the bright… and interesting eyewear for which she is renowned!

“I love the science and technical aspects of the job mixed with being creative and styling people to help them look and feel great

 

Working Holiday

Rachel is such a glasses enthusiast that she took time out on a recent holiday visit the Vinylize factory in Hungary. Now that’s dedication! Here she is with Marta in the Budapest head office:

Vinylize
Rach at the Vinylize factory in Budapest

Wedding Glasses

We are very excited for Rachel’s wedding later in the summer. Needless to say, she has already picked out her ‘wedding glasses’ which are embossed with her new name, ready for the big day!

So its busy times but happy times for our newly qualified Dispensing Optician.

 

You can book a frame consultation with Rachel via our website or by calling 0191 2605450.

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!

 

Orgreen
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!

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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!!!

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!