Local Optician brings real vintage styling to Thornbury

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By Trucks79 | Saturday, July 07, 2012, 16:06

New to Norville Opticians in Thornbury are a collection of genuine vintage frames manufactured by Essilor some time in the 1970's or 80's.

Essilor is a French company with it's UK base in Thornbury. They are better known for their lenses and haven't produced any frames for many years. When Daniel Read FBDO took over as manager at the Thornbury branch of Norville Opticians in January this year he had an exciting discovery. Hidden in the back of a cupboard was a box full of frames dating back to when specs were big and bright.

"I was delighted when I saw these glasses as a lot of the fashions for spectacles at the moment are for very retro styles and here I was looking at the real thing. The quality and finish of these frames is something very different from what is generally about at the moment. They don't make them like they used to, as they say."

There was a problem though, in that the frames weren't able to be sold legally. "Regulation came in at the end of the 1990's that frames had to be CE marked, and these were made long before the regulation was even thought of, so we couldn't supply them to anybody."

After speaking to several people Daniel managed to track down a company that could check the frames were up to current regulations and CE mark them.  All that was then needed was the tidying up of the frames with some new nosepads.

"I'm very grateful to Premiere Optical for their help in this. I was lucky to find somebody who had been involved as an advisor when they were creating the regulation regarding spectacle frames so he was ideally placed to verify them for us.

The frames themselves are big and bright, offering something that is fashionably vintage and genuinely different to anything that is manufactured today."


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