It’s no secret that I’m as blind as a bat – well, nearly. At -8, it’s a miracle that I can even find my glasses first thing in the morning, because I can’t see much further than a few inches from my head. I’ve been a spectacles wearer since I was about seven years old, viewing the world from what were then behind bottle glass-thick lenses.
When I was a little girl cool frames did not exist. I started out with National Health Service prescription ones – think Dame Edna without the sparkles, and graduated to the best that the 1980s had to offer. Hideous. So, as an adult I’ve been overjoyed to discover that it’s not just sunglasses that are stylish these days – opticals are too.
I’ve worn Oliver Peoples sunglasses for years – their now discontinued Vanadis frames were my go-to for years and, after they stopped producing them I’d track them down on Ebay. When I lived in New York, I introduced my mother to the Oliver Peoples store on West Broadway in SoHo, and she became a convert too, buying prescription sunglasses from them.
So imagine my joy when the lovely Oliver Peoples team here in London asked if my mother and I would like to check out the new Sloane Street flagship, which opened last year, and choose some new eyeglasses.
They have a fully qualified optometrist in store to do state of the art eye testing, and the entire range of Oliver Peoples eyewear, sunglasses and opticals.
We visited in December – you may remember that we went in during my mother’s annual Christmas treat in the city, and both had full eye tests, before choosing our new specs.
I was deeply amused to discover that we both chose the same frames, although mine are a dark grey – as at top, and my mother’s are tortoiseshell. My teenage self would have been horrified!
We had our chosen frames fitted, and several weeks later our glasses were ready. I’m thrilled: they are really sturdy, with great wide arms, (I’ve broken the arms off every single pair of eye wear i’ve owned over the past five years), and these feel as though I’m in with a chance of not breaking them any time soon.
I’ve been wearing my glasses for two weeks now, and I can report that they are supremely comfortable, sitting neatly on the bridge of my nose, with no rubbing on the arms. I also feel super chic in them – and I’ve been asked where they are from every single time I’ve worn them out in public. Which, for someone who usually defaults to her contact lenses through insecurity, is just plain wonderful.
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Telephone: 020 7730 0085
With huge thanks to Oliver Peoples for inviting my mother and I into the store, for our eye tests, and for gifting us our new spectacles.