Cutler and Gross Eyewear

Cutler and Gross, the British luxury eyewear company most famous for the Kingsman frame (yes, the one in the movie), has been in the eyewear business since 1969. Graham Cutler and Tony Gross, both opticians, established their namesake brand with the help of frame maker George Smith, who made each frame by hand.

 

They launched there first ready to wear collection at Paris Fashion Week in 1982. Soon after, the eyewear could be seen on famous faces such as Princess Anne and Princess Diana.

 

For decades, Cutler and Gross glasses have continued to be seen on some of the most recognizable faces in music, film, and art.

 

Today, Cutler and Gross frames can be seen on many fellow independent thinkers and cutting edge visionaries, such as Honey Dijon, Linda Rodin, and Brian A. Richards.

 

 

Cutler and Gross is an independent brand; they have the courage not to follow the crowd. They introduced bold eyewear meant to be a fashion accessory and not just a medical aid. These frames combine “the finest of Italian craftsmanship with irrefutably cool style”.

 

 

All Cutler And Gross glasses are hand-crafted in Cadore, Italy. They use only the highest quality Italian acetate, rivets, and lenses.

Each frame requires 42 tailored steps to produce. The entire process is completed by hand and can take up to six weeks to complete.

Come by Oak Bay Optometry to experience the quality and style for yourself. We will be hosting a Trunk Show featuring the entire Cutler and Gross collection, find all the details below:

Kore Brands Trunk Show

Shop the newest collections from Cutler and Gross, RAEN, Native Sons, and Yuichi Toyama.

When: Thursday, March 12th

12 PM – 6 PM

Where: Oak Bay Optometry

2075 Cadboro Bay Road

 

Eyeglasses are important medical devices, and a pair of properly prescribed and fitted glasses can be truly life-changing. Our vision is a part of our daily lives, and being comfortable and happy with your vision choices is essential. Eyeglasses help define who we are, highlight features, accessorize outfits, all while performing to meet your visual needs.

Choosing a pair of eyeglasses isn’t just as simple as going to the board and grabbing the first pair you like. We all have different facial shapes and sizes, and frames come in all different shapes and sizes. There are no set “rules” to finding the perfect pair of glasses for you, other than fit is essential! Wear what you like, be bold, but don’t forget to make sure that they fit properly. Fit ensures a comfortable wearing experience, as well as a better visual experience. It is especially important in digital lenses that are built around the optical center. Talk to one of our eyewear stylists to find a frame that fits you perfectly.

Bridge Fit

There are two common bridge types we see in most glasses: nose pads, a saddle bridge in an acetate frame, or a keyhole bridge in an acetate frame

  • both can be very comfortable when properly fitted and adjusted
  • nosepads are much more adjustable to a variety of bridge shapes
  • acetate saddle bridges must fit perfectly to ensure consistent pressure across the bridge, and reducing slipping down the bridge
  • keyhole bridges offer a better fitting option to a wider variety of nose shapes compared to a saddle bridge.
  • universal fit bridges offer even more options for fitting a variety of bridges.

Frame Width

Frames should span comfortably across your face, without squeezing in or gaping open at the temples.

  • eye should be centered within the lens
  • temples should come into contact with the side of the head, but not exerting pressure

Temple Length

There are a variety of different temple types available, and each style fits differently. Your optician will be able to help you determine if the temple length is appropriate for you.

This is a basic idea of what to look for when finding your perfect frame or two to add to your eyewear wardrobe. We are here to help – our dispensing experts can help you find the perfect fit and look of your style dreams!

Pictured from left to right: Caitlyn in a keyhole vibrant green Cutler & Gross acetate frame, a saddle bridge La Marca acetate frame, a universal bridge Native Sons acetate frame, and a semi-rimless nosepad design Barton Perreira.

Time to shake off January and say hello to brand new month! This February we’re getting started with some fun events and a new frame line. Please check below regarding our office hours, we do have a few temporary changes to our hours starting February 16th. Be sure to follow us on Instagram (@oakbayoptometry) and Facebook to stay in the know.

MAUI JIM TRUNK SHOW IS BACK!

Wednesday, February 5th

11 AM – 3 PM

Come by and shop the entire Maui Jim and Zeal collections. Try the PolarizedPlus2 technology and custom lens colors and experience the elevated quality of Maui Jim sunglasses. Our Maui Jim rep, Lindsey, will be on hand to answer any of your questions.

 

KORE BRAND TRUNK SHOW

Thursday, March 12th

12 PM – 6 PM

What are the Kore Brands we will be featuring?

Cutler and Gross, the British luxury eyewear company most famous for the Kingsman frame (yes, the one in the movie), has been in the eyewear business since 1969. For decades, Cutler and Gross have been seen on some of the most recognizable faces in music, film, and art. These frames combine “the finest of Italian craftsmanship with irrefutably cool style”.

Inspired by and designed in Southern California, RAEN offers carefully crafted eyewear at an accessible price point. RAEN is an independent company using premium materials to create fashion-forward optical frames and sunglasses. Whether you’re looking for something classic or more funky, you are destined to the perfect frame from their extensive selection.

Native Sons eyewear is handcrafted in Japan. This original eyewear is designed with a rebellious spirit using only the highest quality acetate and metals.

A new addition, can only be seen at Oak Bay Optometry during the Trunk Show, is Yuichi Toyama. This eyewear line is pure design and structure, simple yet unique. Yuichi Toyama is made in Japan using Japanese craftsmanship and innovative design.

 

*NEW* JOHANN VON GOISERN EYEWEAR

We are so excited to be adding another independent eyewear brand to our selection at Oak Bay Optometry. Johann Von Goisern frames are handmade in Austria using natural cellulose-acetate. They are a great option for those with more petite facial features, as they have smaller styles. In addition, they have a selection of children’s frames and larger fits.

What really makes Johann Von Goisern (or JVG as we like to call it) stand out is the vibrant color and texture combinations. JVG uses and in-house lamination technique, exclusive to them, to combine up to 20 colours in a single frame. If you have been looking for something bright and beautiful, this is the eyewear for you!

Come into Oak Bay Optometry to try these beautiful frames on for yourself!

 

OFFICE CLOSED / REDUCED HOURS

Our hours will be reduced for the week of Feb 18th. We will be open the following hours:

Sunday, February 16th             CLOSED

Monday, February 17th            CLOSED

Tuesday, February 18th            9 AM – 5 PM

Wednesday, February 19th      9 AM – 5 PM

Thursday, February 20th         9 AM – 5 PM

Friday, February 21st                9 AM – 5 PM

Saturday, February 22nd         8:30 AM – 4 PM (regular hours)

Sunday, February 23rd             CLOSED

We appreciate your understanding. Have a happy Family Day!

 

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