Sometimes you find a certain object or item in life that really does it for you. It might be the detailing, a colour or shade that knocks you sideways or a tiny detail that just resonates with you. A recent example would be a Scandinavian work jacket I came across on Instagram. I was like holy moly, I need to get that into my life. The colour of the garment was a blue that just swept me to the Amalfi coast, while the Italian Corozo nut buttons looked like they were designed with me exclusively in mind.
I never thought I would ever feel this way about glasses or spectacles. I was a reluctant glasses wearer as a child and not massively keen on them in my early university years either. Glasses were more functional than aesthetically pleasing in those days. You could hardly blame a self conscious young man for not wanting them on his nose advertising his short-sightedness. The old jokes about wearing milk bottles or NHS spectacles can be tough to take when your self-confidence is in its formative stages.
Jump forwards to 2019 and glasses and the wearing of them has never been cooler. One company in particular has caught my myopic eyes in the last year or two. Cubitts of London make glasses for the modern age, where the aesthetic matters.
Yes, needing to wear glasses may suggest a hereditary flaw in my DNA, but I can use that mutated gene to my advantage in the style stakes. Cubitts offer a range of handmade frames for the discerning man and woman. Feeling confident in a pair of spectacles is now so easy, that for the first time in my life I often consider leaving the contact lenses at home to wear my glasses on a night out on the town.
Why would I not feel like this when you see modern day screen icons like Ryan Gosling, Ryan Reynolds and Brad Pitt (all in or around the age spec, ahem, for this blog) sporting frames on film sets or red carpets. Going back a generation or two before that trio, Cary Grant, without doubt one of the most debonair gents to walk this earth, took spectacle wearing into the style stratosphere. Who also could forget Gregory Peck’s bespectacled turn as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird. His suits were epic and his glasses added to his distinguished presence and gravitas.
It is from that era of the refined gentleman that my latest frames derived their inspiration. Cubitts modelled my latest frames on those worn by Arthur Miller. A man famous for his plays, his marriage to Marilyn Monroe and his spectacles. In what particular order I shall let you decide.
My Tonbridge (model name) frames are a thing of beauty. I live in Ireland, so I ordered them directly through the website. Buying spectacles online may be considered a bit of a punt, but when you have confidence in the service levels and trust in a brand and their products it makes a lot of sense for the likes of me (these are not my first pair of glasses from Cubitts, so I knew what I was getting into).
Cubitts have seven stores located in London if you can get there, where you can peruse frames and get eye tests. The store on Caledonian Road looks really beautiful in particular and would be worth a visit to gaze at its facade alone.
The Tonbridge style (available in two sizes and several colours) are a bit different to any previous frames I owned. They retail at £125, which is superb value for what you are getting. They are also very light. That they are made by hand in London gives them extra kudos in my eyes, as I am increasingly devoted to several like-minded brands, who produce their wares in a more traditional and considered fashion. Cubitts is one such company and like a few of the others, they are of course UK based. Being a British citizen, living in Ireland and a firm advocate for EU membership, I sincerely hope that this wretched Brexit saga does not cause the metaphorical death of any sales(men). I would like nothing more than to continue my relationship with forward thinking, design led brands like Cubitt’s for many years to come. They have brought pleasure to my spectacle-wearing life.
Check out the website https://www.cubitts.co.uk/
And those shops https://www.cubitts.co.uk/shops
As always, thanks for reading,