Walter & Herbert are the “new” kid on the block with a lot of history behind them. Even though you may not be familiar with the company in its current incarnation, there are three generations of industry experience behind it.Walter Conway and Herbert Thorn founded Optoplast Manufacturing Company Limited in 1946. Along the way the shaped the spectacle manufacturing process worldwide through innovations such as the PIMO machine, which they developed.
Fast forward to the present, James Conway and Daniel Thorn are continuing the legacy with “Walter & Herbert”. Their collection of frames draws upon classic shapes from the 1940s, using both traditional techniques as well as modern technologies. Moreover what sets the collection apart are the striking colour combinations and the best acetates available.
Everything is manufactured in England and tested in their own UKAS accredited lab to guarantee not only great design, but most importantly great functionality, quality and performance.
With renewed interest in British heritage brands, it’s nice to see a company catering to that market in the spectacle sector. I personally have a thing for glasses, but don’t have a prescription to match, so I have to limit myself to sunglasses (W & H will have that covered soon too, so keep your eyes peeled). My mum on the other hand has quite poor eye sight, so I thought why not treat her to a pair of new glasses! (pics below)
We both absolutely loved what Walter & Herbert had in store for her! From the frame to the lenses to the packaging, nothing was left to be desired.
Check out the whole range at www.walterandherbert.com or pop into their brand new store in the heart of Covent Garden:
Walter & Herbert
13 Montmouth Street
London, WC2H 9DA
Written by Philipp Ueberfellner