Monday, May 24, 2010

Comedic Spectacles

Any of you who have been into our store recently or who have been to the Oliver Goldsmith website, will have had the pleasure of viewing some of the most stunning photographs of 60’s and 70’s film stars in their Oliver Goldsmith specs and sunnies.  It seems that the Goldsmith family had it all sown up when it came to dressing the faces of the rich and famous back then…. John Lennon, Grace Kelly, Michael Caine, Peter Sellers and Audrey Hepburn to name a few.

Now we haven’t checked with Claire Goldsmith on this one, but here is one other British iconic spectacle wearer, from that era….who… to the best of our knowledge, is not part of the Goldsmith archive of famous spectacle wearers.  If anyone knows where Eric Morcambe got his specs from, can you email us please. 

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


On the SALT website it is said that the company founders set out to provide the optical industry with an alternative to conglomerates and licensed brands... so it is a perfect fit for MHPE.  SALT design embraces independence, impeccable quality and style.  Here is a taste of some of the new styles and colours just arrived in store.  We love the Gigi and the Flannery.  Oh... and check out the SALT website.  It seems that this company has the best looking friends and family in the world as amazingly the models are all friends and family of the company…WOW!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

A load of old tommy rot!

When Amanda Linnell, the editor of VIVA, requested an interview with Michael about selecting the right pair of frames, parts of this interview appeared in VIVA.  Michael made the point that at MHPE, there is one rule when selecting a frame and that is “there are no rules!

There’s a lot of blogging and cyber info. out there espousing do’s and don’ts regarding face shape, hair colour etc.  But we think that’s a load of  “tommy rot”.  An optical frame is the most prominent and usually the first fashion accessory to be noticed, so the most important aspect of selecting a frame is to find the right “culture”. And that’s down to fashion and personal style.  Sure it’s important to get advice from an optometrist or dispensing optician about the fit of the frame and the suitability of the frame style for the lenses.  But as one of our lovely clients (who happens to know a thing or two, since she has worn glasses for over 40 years) said to us recently “My glasses define me .”  And we agree. While there are no defining rules,  it is none the less all about “definition”.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Check Out Those Curves!

There’s no hiding that New Zealanders do love their retro.  Not that we’re complaining.  Those of us, in the business of purveying fine glasses have been delighted at the style and glamour this has brought to the industry over the past couple of years. But there is change in the air, and that’s something we at MHPE get very excited about.  The most popular retro frames to date have been masculine, chunky and square…. now we’re seeing some curves, kinks and contour.  Check out some of these options below which just go to show it may well be “hip to be square” but curves are just… well….sexy!