Oliver & Claire Goldsmith Eyewear
Think 20th Century icons: Grace Kelly and Peter Sellers. Think cult films of the fifties & sixties: Michael Caine in his signature black spectacles; Audrey Hepburn in the big white glasses that framed her elfin face. In the second half of last century, when it came to eyewear, OG was synonymous with stars and style. Oliver Goldsmith has been a family-run business for over 80 years. Founded in 1926 by P. Oliver Goldsmith, the world of spectacles was about to be revolutionized. Sunglasses gained high profile status during the mid-fifties and a selection of unusual designs started to appear. OG’s were becoming not only a means of protecting eyes from the sun, but also a fashion statement. Dress designers approached Goldsmith to create frames that would complement their seasonal collections.
"I don't believe in those theories about a certain style suiting a certain shape of face. Life is too short to worry about such things. If you find a shape you like, have it." Oliver Goldsmith 1969
First to see sunglasses as fashion accessories, first to make sunspecs, first to make 'winter sunglasses', first to work alongside fashion houses to create one-off pieces for the catwalks, first to appear in Vogue and Queen, and first to be endorsed by celebrities and Royals. OG pioneered a whole new concept. Eyewear. From Bamboo frames to butterflies, tennis racquets to TV Screens, all overtly striking.
Think 20th Century icons: Michael Caine in his signature black spectacles, Audrey Hepburn in the big white glasses that framed her elfin face. Iconic style makers: Givenchy, Dior and Vidal Sassoon. Think cult films: The Ipcress File and Harry Palmer, Charade and Two for the Road. They've all got one thing in common. Oliver Goldsmith.
Claire Goldsmith (Oliver’s great-granddaughter): LEGACY
The CG Legacy collection pays homage to the spirit of vintage styling forming truly modern classics. Legacy is eyewear that will be noticed for all the right reasons. No logos allow the design and the wearer’s individual style to speak for itself. Each pair is classic but with a modern twist, uniquely contoured and incredibly comfortable.