Cutler & Gross "0690" in Grey Pink
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Our latest Yellows Plus shipment from Fukui, Japan
At MHPE we’re standing alongside some of the world’s most revered luxury independent eyewear stores and avoiding mass produced or licensed eyewear brands currently dominating the market.
We offer our customers something special by focusing on leading independent eyewear designers who make quality frames and sunglasses with an innovative design edge. However, like great architecture this is never about fads or fashion, rather, eyewear design that will stand the test of time.
Providing our customers with beautifully designed and engineered frames makes us feel good and that, in a nutshell, is why we are proudly independent!
Monday, August 26, 2013
If you're in Auckland on September 4 you should try to get down to the Capitol Cinema on Dominion Road to view the NZ premiere of the documentary film, Sign Painters.
Traditional hand-painted signage really is a dying art. As with the majority of skilled trades, it has been taken over by methods promising things faster, cheaper ...and mass-produced (We can't help but feel their plight!) Thankfully, sign painting is enjoying a small re-emergence in the dedicated independent sector where consumers appreciate craftsmanship. The highs and lows of these artisans were documented in 2010 by filmmakers Faythe Levine and Sam Macon.
There are only a few tickets left for the screening so you better get in quick, those going will be treated to some live sign painting! You can get your ticket here.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Looking glam in Guam! One of our favourite High Street clients Anna Sazykina sent us this image from the Pacific with her specially purchased Oliver Goldsmith Sophia's and the message "I have not enough words to describe how right my choice was, thank you." Thanks for the picture Anna, we're glad we could help - and we're not jealous of all that surf and sand, not at all!
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
If your Dad looks like any of these fine fellows below, then you've lucked out in the gene pool. We've got the perfect way to say thanks this Father's Day - September 1st! - with a pair of sunglasses or opticals from Michael Holmes Premium Eyewear.
Paul Newman, wearing those acetate aviators like a boss.
Oliver Goldsmith "Berwick (1979)" in Black
Bevel "Marty" in Matte Black
Gary Oldman, doing things his way since forever.
Garrett Leight "Kinney" in Champagne
Michael Caine, making classic look criminally good.
Claire Goldsmith "Carters" in Black
Cutler&Gross "0772" in Black
Tom Cruise, breaking hearts - and the sound barrier - while wearing his aviators.
Salt "Lawson" in Raven Black
Graz "R.A.B." in Black
Salt "Vargas" in Gunmetal
Saturday, August 17, 2013
We love this! Pop Chart Lab have created a poster devoted to the adventurous stylings of the rich & famous. From Groucho Marx's fake nose-and-stache to MC Hammer's retro-futuristic shades and everyone in between, it really shows the diversity of eyewear and how iconic it can become.
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Just look at total babe Charlotte Rampling rocking the round oversized specs look! Lucky for us, this style is still just as popular today as it was back in the 1970s. Here are some frames you can find at Michael Holmes Premium Eyewear to help give you that off-duty movie star feeling.
Claire Goldsmith "Bailey" in Plum Royale
Claire Goldsmith "Bailey" in Chocolate on Jade
Claire Goldsmith "Rousseau" in Speckle
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
This little film is well worth a watch!
This short film shows our roots. Made for Oliver Goldsmith, this film perfectly captures the true essence of 'handmade'. It features one of the last British factories and craftsmen here in England where our bespoke frames are mastered. Ben Grimsey -- our head craftsman, is a rare breed! At 33 he is the youngest traditional craftsmen in Britain but he is also one of the best. His commitment and unassuming talent is implausible. Handmaking frames is a dying art and needs to be supported and we are proud to say we do. Enjoy the film and watch the process of one of the most iconic frames -- the Ogle -- being made from scratch by an artist!Short film and description by Oliver Goldsmith Sunglasses and Claire Goldsmith Eyewear.
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Monday, August 5, 2013
Today we thought we'd spread some Monday inspiration and shine a light on some of the weird and wonderful specs from days gone by. Turns out vintage dudes were pretty cool, some designs were light years ahead of their time!
Lee Miller by Man Ray, 1929
Glasses for reading in bed, England, 1936
Vintage sunglasses, 1943
Thelonius Monk, 1947
Reflective sunnies, 1948
Wiper glasses, 1954
Jill Kennington, 1960s
Television glasses, 1963
Ray Hein, 1968
Oliver Goldsmith "Noseguard", 1970
Visor sunglasses, 1980s
Have a great week!
Saturday, August 3, 2013
We are thrilled to welcome a new brand to Michael Holmes Premium Eyewear. Orgreen is a Danish brand of innovative titanium frames, hand crafted in Fukui, Japan (there's that name again - a testament to Orgreen's quality!) Established in 1997 by Henrik Orgreen, Gregers Fastrup and Tobias Wandrup, the design aesthetic is heavily inspired by unique cars, in particular the 1956 Corvette.
Orgreen is known around the world for its distinctive colour combinations, which are developed by their full-time in-house colourist Sahra Lysell. Her playful approach coupled with top craftsmanship means that each frame is fun, modern and extremely sturdy.
This insightful video shows the amount of work and skill involved in making an Orgreen frame.
Orgreen is now in both our Teed Street & High Street stores, drop by to see these beauties in person.
Thursday, August 1, 2013
What a vision graphic design teacher Liz McCready is in her new Graz frames! We think Liz made the perfect choice to compliment her unique 1940s aesthetic, thanks so much for sending us these gorgeous pics of you at the zoo this weekend Liz, we love them.
Liz wears Graz J.R.G. in tortoiseshell.