Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Vintage Oliver Goldsmith

There's only one name in vintage fashion eyewear and that is Oliver Goldsmith. We have written about his inspiring collection a lot over the years, but it's nice to look back at some favourites every once in a while. Seen together, you can really appreciate the creativity and craftsmanship that went into these handmade sunglasses that were light years ahead of their time. 

'Butterfly', 1972

'Yamada', 1968

'TV Screens', 1967

'Ogle', 1969

'Space Visor', 1968

'Tennis Racquets', 1985

'Yuhu', 1966

This says it all...

New Kids on the Block

We're excited to introduce our newest models in store from Claire Goldsmith of London. We love that the split two-tone colours add interest and a retro feel to these classic designs. 

'Bradbury' in Midnight

'Bradbury' in Red Elephant

'Renshaw' in Forest Tea

'Renshaw' in Chocolate and Rhubarb

'Williams' in Amber Honey

'Williams' in Liquorice Paradise

These vintage-inspired frames just make us want to curl up with a book and a mug of tea in this cooler weather. See these colours and more in store now.

Here's Looking At You

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Anzac Day Notice

Please note both stores will be closed for Anzac Day on Friday 25 April. We are open as usual on Saturday 10am - 4pm. 

We hope you enjoy the long weekend.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Glasses of the Week: Rashmi in Sama Jill

Rashmi is fresh-faced and lovely in her new Sama 'Jill' glasses in Matte Taupe. This new shape from Sama is modern, feminine and lightweight - comfort and vision is key as Rashmi works behind the scenes at a TV station and spends most of her day looking at screens, so we think the 'Jill' is a great choice!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Easter Hours

Both stores will close this Friday 18 May and re-open Tuesday 22 May.

We hope everyone has a very Happy Easter and enjoys the long weekend!

Glasses of the Week: Jan in Findlay

Claire Goldsmith's 'Findlay' in black looks very stylish on Jan Workman, a new client of ours who was a delight to help find the perfect pair of glasses! We hope they will help Jan as she navigates her way around Auckland's real estate.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

New Bailey Colours!

We love the 'Bailey' by Claire Goldsmith, so we're pretty excited about the great new colours we have available, as well as some old favourites. These need to be tried on to be appreciated; if you're a person who loves round frames, you'll love these. 

Crystal Indigo

Crystal Dark Tortoiseshell

Crystal Jade

Chocolate on Jade

Dark Tortoiseshell

Plum Royale


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

New Website!

We're excited to be introducing a brand new design for 

Our main page features this fantastic image by Martin x Martin, one of the independent designers we carry.

We hope that you enjoy the new look, we have a new booking page for those who wish to make appointments online as well as incorporating links to our email and social media pages. 

Let us know what you think!

Glasses of the Week: Family Style!

Peter Elliott, Grace Elliott and Susan Trainor

Regulars at MHPE may recognize Grace as our talented spectacle assistant who is currently in the final year of her optometry degree. Here she is with her lovely parents Peter and Susan, all wearing frames from Michael Holmes Premium Eyewear. There’s nothing better than seeing a whole family wearing our specs!

Grace may not be the only familiar face. Peter Elliott has been a fixture on Kiwi screens and stage for the last 34 years. Appearances include ‘Shortland Street’, ‘Gloss’ and ‘Homeward Bound’. He is also a passionate frontman for many documentaries including ‘Primeval New Zealand’, ‘Captains Log’, ‘The Last Ocean’ and currently airing ‘Art of the Architect’. Susan was a dancer for Limbs Dance Company in her 20s, after which she was kept busy by her 3 children. Currently, she is a fabulously fit programme director and instructor for Les Mills International, choreographing for BodyVive and CXWORX.

Peter wears Dita ‘New Yorker’, Grace wears Claire Goldsmith ‘Watson’ in Deep Sea, Susan wears Claire Goldsmith ‘Dale’ in Elephant.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Jordan Luck of The Exponents

Helen Parrott was pleased to bump into one of her teen rock idols Jordan Luck of The Exponents in our store on Friday. Helen wears her Lindberg acetanium frames, Jordan Luck his new Oliver Goldsmith 'Lord' in Olive Tortoiseshell.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Glasses of the Week: Laura in Altair

Laura Robertson looks fantastic in her new Garrett Leight 'Altair' in Demi Blonde. After months of searching for her first pair of glasses, Laura came to us and found the perfect pair from California! The Altair has that laidback West Coast vibe of being clean and light, and is a great option for ladies who would like something wearable and stylish at the same time.


Matte Espresso

Violet Tortoise Fade

Sophia in Speckle

The Oliver Goldsmith 'Sophia' (1958) is named after Sophia Loren, one of Oliver Goldsmith's favourite actresses. Designed in Notting Hill in 1958, this elegant cats-eye takes its rightful place as an OG: Icon with little competition. Worn by Grace Kelly in the early 60s, it sums up the gracefulness of the cats-eye but still carries the boldness of Oliver Goldsmith styling. 

Already a firm favourite, these iconic sunglasses are now available in a gorgeous new colour: Speckle. This vibrant colour adds a fresh new look to a classic frame. 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday Michael!!! Always take your birthday wishes with a grain of salt, some lemon and a bottle of tequila  Have a great day, from all the Team at MHPE

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Advanced Style

Our wonderful client Gay Compton sets the bar high. We love that Gay doesn't shy away from edgier styles, she looks amazing in her new Claire Goldsmith 'Kelsey' glasses in Indigo, to match her favourite Oliver Goldsmith 'Fuz' sunglasses in Electric Black.

Gay reminds us in the best way of fellow stylish ladies Iris Apfel, Rita Hammer and Joy Venturini Bianchi, who are devotees of oversized, bold frames.

Iris Apfel

Joy Venturini Bianchi

Rita Hammer

Gladstone School Gala

We are proud to be supporting the Gladstone School Gala on April 13, where the public can bid on any of these 3 pairs of sunglasses in their silent auction. All proceeds go towards the school and it is a great evening of fun, foodstalls and community spirit.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

New! Claire Goldsmith 'Hollander'

This 1970s-inspired frame from Claire Goldsmith has quickly become a huge hit since it arrived in store a few weeks ago. So much so that we've just re-ordered the Hollander in these four great colours! Drop by either store to try one on.

Matte Dark Tortoiseshell 

Green and Crystal

Matte Grey


Deborah Botica looks lovely and summery in her new Claire Goldsmith 'Hollander' glasses in Matte Tortoiseshell.