This is your chance to view our curated collection of the best and unique glasses in the world, right here on your doorstep.
The Luxury & Niche Collection (£250+)
The Designer Collection (£109+)
The No Frills Collection (£30+)
We specialise in Lindberg frames. They are one of the lightest and most comfortable frames ever made. They weigh as little as 1.9 grams, the same as just two paperclips! The frames are built in a special way so that they have no screws or bolts and here at Loftus Optical we give them a lifetime guarantee. If there are any manufacturing issues with them during your ownership your frame will be replaced or refunded back to you, no questions asked.
Many of the styles are rimless and are practically invisible – ideal if you want a discreet look.
They are not cheap but they are an investment as they are built to last and they are the only frame that we offer with a lifetime warranty on. One of our clients in Whitby came to us for new Lindbergs and explained her last pair lasted 18 years!
The frames are bespoke which allows you to ‘build your own’ frame. You can choose the colour, the size and the shape of the lenses. You will get help along the way and you will end up with a frame that is totally unique to you. You can even have your own name laser engraved on the frame!
They are specially made in Denmark, so if you are wanting to design your own pair, please note they can take up 3 or 4 weeks to be made.
We also select other luxury and niche glasses from around the world including brands such as Coco-Song, François Pinton, Starck Eyewear, Ronit Furst (Prue from the Great British Bake Off wears these) and iGreen (a sustainable frame company where you get to design your own frame with a choice of over 250 bright colour combinations!)
Our designer collection includes brands such as Ray-Ban, Oakley, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren and Emporio Armani.
If you are not into luxury or designer frames we also have a no frills collection too!
What sets this collection out from the others is its colours. All the frames are hand-painted to give a very quirky and individual style. This allows the designer Ronit Furst to produce almost every pattern and colour combination imaginable.
Looking close at the glasses you can actually see the brush strokes and texture of paint just like the painting on a canvas.
After the painting is done the frame undergoes a special coating procedure which will seal and protect the painting allowing you to use the glasses for everyday wear.
Ronit Furst’s glasses became very popular when Prue, the Great British Bake Off judge wore Ronit’s colourful designed frames for the show!
These frames are designed to highlight the beauty of the woman who wears them! Sounds too good to be true? Try them on and see for yourself. They are the language of visual beauty that can only be seen to be believed. Yes, it sounds far fetched but you will be amazed at the intricate details of this collection.
Drawing inspiration from the mysteries of the orient, using the finest materials in the world, this Italian brand Coco-Song creates luxury eyewear for women, delivering an artistic masterpiece in each and every frame.
No matter how cool something looks, it ultimately has to be clever to solve a problem. In the case of Philippe Starck, this inventor wanted to improve the lives of as many people as possible with a special design of eyewear…
With his new design, glasses wearers are treated to hinges that hold together the frame without screws or welds.
Instead, Starck has designed a ‘spherical lock system’ allowing for the smoothest possible movement of its pieces, but more importantly, the special joint keeps the glasses from becoming loose or crooked over time, assuring the frame will last a very long time and provide a firm placement on the face without the glasses becoming loose and slipping.
Realising that when normal hinges on glasses become worn down, it affects the fit, shape, and the ultimate life of the frame, Starck looked to the function of the human collarbone socket .
This design of a ball-shaped hinge gives a smoother open-and-close movement while maintaining the shape and fit throughout its life.
Starck’s body of work is so expansive, he holds the titles of inventor, architect, designer, and artistic director and has applied his creative vision and designs to hotels, yachts, and even the private apartments of the French President.
His collection of glasses are ultra lightweight and comprised of titanium and a high-tech material in simple and streamlined rectangular and vintage-inspired designs.
It’s not easy to get your hands on them, though. In this area they are only available at two independent Opticians, Loftus Optical and Skelton Optical.
A sustainable collection made from a special plant acetate. They are extremely strong, lightweight and the best bit…you can design your own frame!
There are over 80 frame styles in different shapes and sizes. We help you choose the best size and style for your face and then you can choose your colour. There are over 400 colours to choose from and using our 3D glasses generator you will see what they look like on screen before they are made to your requirements.
The François Pinton collections are a perfect balance of both modern and traditional styles.
Handmade in France, using exquisite materials, François Pinton frames keep a trace of those who made them: the passion of those who have chosen to work with their hands. Performing an artisanal craft in spectacle-making requires a desire and demand for passion of exacting standards.
It’s all about the neat details. Hinges with rivets, Italian acetate, hot stamping, the Pinton models are real master pieces.
The cellulose acetate frames are a hypoallergenic material made from cotton which has the particularity of being flexible without losing its shape. The François Pinton acetate frames are handmade from Italian cellulose acetate.
The story of François Pinton eyewear began in Paris in the roaring twenties. A gifted artisan jeweller, Robert François Pinton signed his first exclusive collections for the international elite.
In 1953, he founded the Maison François Pinton. Later, in the sixties and seventies, Dominique Pinton, the son of Robert François, designed iconic models for the French Riviera jet set. François Pinton eyewear symbolised the French excellence in spectacle-manufacturing, as it still does today.
Grace Kelly was probably the greatest star of post-war cinema. In 1956, she married the Prince of Monaco. For the occasion, she ordered twenty pairs of François Pinton frames, bespoke and handmade, in rare, precious materials. For the movie biopic ‘Grace de Monaco’, presented at Cannes in 2014, the American production team asked the Maison François Pinton to make frames identical to the ones Grace Kelly wore in 1956, for the actress Nicole Kidman and they are now for sale to the public.
Other wearers of the Pinton collection from today and from the past include Jacques Chirac, Tim Roth, Robert Redford, Georges Burns, Francis Ford Coppola, Richard Gere, Sharon Stone, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Madame de Rothschild and Gregory Peck.
So many names now associated with such recognisable frames signed by François Pinton.
Only a select number of independent opticians are able to stock this exclusive brand. We are proud to say you are able to view the entire collection at Loftus Optical!
The Designer Collection
Many of our clients also like to have mainstream brand names. Here at Loftus Optical you can find the following designer brands:
Ray-Ban, Oakley, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren and Emporio Armani.
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All available to try on instore!
The No Frills Collection
Not everyone wants luxury or designer frames and that’s why we have a large range of budget frames. You may choose to have a ‘posh’ pair for best and a 2nd pair of basic glasses for spares. The choice is up to you!
Being a local independent practice, we are here to serve you. Whatever frames style you want, we will find it for you.
There is no obligation to buy and you will always be asked which collection you want, you will never feel pushed into purchasing a frame you don’t like!