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Outstanding performance from start to finish – A blog by violinist Richard Bottom of Slaithwaite Philharmonic Orchestra

A violinist’s view

We love to receive feedback, good and maybe not so good, it is all helpful and helps us to grow and improve our business and products. We’re even happier when a happy customer offers to write a blog about their experience. In this blog Violinist Richard Bottom from Slaithwaite Philharmonic Orchestra talks all about his journey to find the right glasses to help him see the music.

Violinist Richard Bottom at Huddersfield town hall with Sheryl from ALlegro Optical, the musicians optician

Struggling to see music

I decided to give Allegro Opticians a try after reading their claims and some of the testimonials on their website.

I have been struggling to see music when playing my violin and viola for several years. My normal varifocals just didn’t work when playing. I tried single lens glasses, which were fine for reading the music in front of me, but didn’t work playing in the orchestra. My regular optician suggested bi focals but these made me feel sick.

Things came to a head in July Slaithwaite Philharmonic Orchestra were reading through Beethoven’s Eroica, a symphony which, for some reason I had never played and was really looking forward to doing. I struggled to see the music so much I went home in tears, convinced my playing days in an orchestra were over.

Looking for a solution

The following day I rang Allegro and made an appointment for later that same day. It was clear from the outset that Allegro were different from other opticians and really did understand the quite complex requirements for glasses for musicians.

The initial eye test was thorough, similar to what you would expect from any other examination. 

What followed, however is in my opinion what makes Allegro stand out from the crowd.

Next came a detailed discussion took place with Sheryl Doe, the dispensing optician. Sheryl covered all aspects of what I needed to be able to see. And it didn’t stop there. Violin out, music on stand, distances I needed to be able to see at measured:

  • height of the music on the stand, 
  • how far away the conductor was, 
  • distance to the desk in front (for copying bowings during rehearsal), 
  • writing on my own part. 
  • tracking my eye movement to see which parts of the lens I was using when playing. 

You name it, it was checked and double checked.

 

Seeing is believing

And the attention to detail continued. When the glasses came back from the factory Sheryl wasn’t happy with them. Slight changes were made and the lenses re-made till she was satisfied they would do the job. Even then I was sent home to play and make sure I was completely happy.

The glasses are not cheap, around what you would pay for high end varifocals. But the end result is, I now have a pair of glasses I previously thought it was impossible to make. As a result I can look forward to playing again. Allegro really do understand the needs of musicians and their attention to detail is outstanding.

I have no reservations whatsoever in recommending them to anyone looking for an optician who will go that extra mile to get it right and would like to thank all their staff for their professionalism and help.

Why do musicians come to Allegro Optical?

As an independent family run business we are gaining an international reputation for professional excellence and an inventive approach to meeting customer needs.

Now known internationally as the ‘Musicians Opticians’ we are attracting many clients from across Europe and further a field. Our groundbreaking work with performers, players and conductors has resulted in Allegro Optical becoming the first and only opticians to gain registration with the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM)

We treat each client as an individual because they are. It is true that no two musicians are the same, So why should their vision correction be? We enjoy creating unique lenses to meet a musician’s particular needs. As musicians ourselves we can ask the right questions and interpret the answers accordingly to provide the very best glasses for musicians.

Award-winning eye-care

So successful has Allegro Optical been in helping performers that this year alone we have scooped no less than five national and regional awards. These awards include the National ‘Best New Arts & Entertainment Business of the Year‘ at a gala event in London. Managing Director Sheryl Doe was awarded the 2019 ‘Dispensing Optician of the Year‘ and she has been shortlisted for the AOP Dispensing Optician of the year 2020.

During March Allegro Optical was awarded the ‘Scale-Up Business of the Year‘ at the regional finals of the Federation of Small Business awards in York and went on to receive the FSB Chairman’s award at the national finals in May. Finally winning the FBU Yorkshire family business of the year. Allegro Optical’s unique optical solution and our cutting edge approach to dispensing has led to the group being named finalists in the Huddersfield Examiners Business Awards in the Innovation and Enterprise category.

Allegro Optical the musicians optician Sheryl winning Dispensing Optician of the Year 2019 Award for their work with Musicians eye care

The company has been featured in many national publications including The Times 4BarsRest, The British Bandsman and Music Teacher Magazine.

Are you are a musician who is struggling with their vision? Is making music is no longer the enjoyable experience it once was? Are you looking for the perfect pair of glasses for musicians? If so call us at either Greenfield on 01457 353100 or Meltham on 01484 907090.

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Clear vision is music to Richard’s ears and eyes

Now Richard’s vision is clear he no longer has to strain his eyes to see he music

Choreographer George Balanchine famously said; “See the music, hear the dance”. But what does a musician do when they can no longer see the music they have to play? That was a question violinist Richard Bottom asked himself when he moved desks. Richard plays for Slaithwaite Philharmonic Orchestra and began to struggle with the symptoms of presbyopia when he moved his position within the ensemble. Suddenly Richards eyes we’re giving him clear vision of the music.

A real life problem

A seasoned varifocal wearer Richard is no novice when it comes to using multifocal lenses. However he was finding it increasingly more difficult to read his music when playing in. Richard mentioned this to his current optician who suggested changing his varifocal design. Switching Richard to the newest top of the range freeform lenses.

Richard took the plunge and upgraded to a new pair of individualised varifocal lenses which he was assured would allow him to play with ease. They didn’t, the new lenses still only provided a very small area of clear vision at music stand distance. Richard returned to his optician and explained that the new lenses really weren’t suitable. His optician then suggested a pair of bifocals, these turned out to be even worse. In the end Richard was dispensed with a pair of single vision spectacles for music stand distance only. Unfortunately this meant he couldn’t see anything else when playing. By now Richard was at his wits end.

Seeing the music

The “musicians’ optician” was recommended to Richard by several friends, who had visited Allegro Optical, including our neighbour Clive, from Pearsons Funerals, who plays double bass for the orchestra. So he decided to give us a try. Following a thorough eye test, Optometrist Sara Ackroyd identified not only an optical prescription, she also came up with a prescription for  Richards working distances when rehearsing and performing.

 

With a mildly hyperopic prescription Richard also has an  astigmatism, a refractive error caused by the irregularities in the shape of his cornea. In this condition, the eye fails to focus the light equally on the retina, leading to blurred or distorted vision. Astigmatism can cause a certain amount of peripheral distortion for the wearer, as do varifocal lenses. So it is no wonder that Richard was having some frustrating focusing issues.

What happened next?

Following the eye test Richard then had a meeting with Dispensing Optician Sheryl, who measured his facial features and helped him choose a well fitting frame. Having chosen the frames, Sheryl measured and mapped Richards field and required depth of view. This was to ensure that the new lenses provided Richard with the correct visual correction in the right place.

Sheryl Dispensed Richard with our Fogotto lenses to give the best field of view, especially as his head movement is limited when playing the violin. When looking from the music on the desk up to the conductor, Richard can only move his eyes. He also needs to be able to see the music on the desk of the player in front of him.

Richard Bottom violinist who play with Slaithwaite philharmonic orchestra buy their music sprectalcles from ALlegro Optical the musicians optician

A real life solution

It is very difficult to reproduce the layout of the rehearsal room in practice. Our optical practice is much smaller than a rehearsal room and so some distances are often estimated. Usually this isn’t a problem, but when Richard collected his new glasses, even though he was delighted with the clarity of the music on his stand, he struggled to see the music of the musician in front. 

We asked Richard to check these distances in Slaithwaite’s rehearsal room and the position of the desk in front. Armed with this information we were able to manipulate the lens design. We produced a new pair of lenses to give Richard the vision correction at those distances he had measured without compromising the clarity of his music.

A clear result

On trying the new lenses Richard was delighted and very confident. A few days later a  group of us from Allegro Optical went to see Slaithwaite Philharmonic Orchestra with an evening of  Magic and Reimagining; featuring Prokofiev, Suite from Lieutenant Kije, 

Ravel, Piano Concerto in G and Sibelius, Symphony No 1. The concert was a triumph and the playing quite exceptional, We thoroughly enjoyed a really interesting programme which was certainly a most uplifting experience. The members of the orchestra certainly appeared to enjoy playing and that added to an outstanding performance. At the end of the evening the atmosphere amongst the audience was really buzzing. 

Violinist Richard Bottom at Huddersfield town hall with Sheryl from ALlegro Optical, the musicians optician

While there the team caught up with Richard during the interval and asked him how he was getting on with his new glasses.  He said; They are fantastic! Slaithwaite Phil are renowned for taking risks with the programmes they perform and the complexity of some of the music we tackle means you have to be able to see not only the music on the stand but everything else going on around. Two of the pieces we played tonight were new to me and, for the first time for ages I have been able to become totally absorbed in  the music and  performance because I haven’t been struggling to see. Considering I only picked the glasses up two days ago that is quite remarkable

Why do musicians come to Allegro Optical?

As an independent family run business we are gaining an international reputation for professional excellence and an inventive approach to meeting customer needs.

Now known internationally as the ‘Musicians Opticians’ we are attracting many clients from across Europe and further a field. Our groundbreaking work with performers, players and conductors has resulted in Allegro Optical becoming the first and only opticians to gain registration with the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM).

We treat each client as an individual because they are. It is true that no two musicians are the same, So why should their vision correction be? We enjoy creating unique lenses to meet a musician’s particular needs. As musicians ourselves we can ask the right questions and interpret the answers accordingly. This allows us to give a musician or performers eyes clear vision of the music.

Award-winning eye-care

So successful has Allegro Optical been in helping performers that this year alone we have scooped no less than five national and regional awards. These awards include the National ‘Best New Arts & Entertainment Business of the Year‘ at a gala event in London. Managing Director Sheryl Doe was awarded the 2019 ‘Dispensing Optician of the Year‘ and she has been shortlisted for the AOP Dispensing Optician of the year 2020.

During March Allegro Optical was awarded the ‘Scale-Up Business of the Year‘ at the regional finals of the Federation of Small Business awards in York and went on to receive the FSB Chairman’s award at the national finals in May. Finally winning the FBU Yorkshire family business of the year. Allegro Optical’s unique optical solution and our cutting edge approach to dispensing has led to the group being named finalists in the Huddersfield Examiners Business Awards in the Innovation and Enterprise category.

The company has been featured in many national publications including The Times 4BarsRest, The British Bandsman and Music Teacher Magazine.

Are you are a musician who is struggling with their vision? Is making music is no longer the enjoyable experience it once was? Would you like to give your eyes clear vision of the music? If so call us at either Greenfield on 01457 353100 or Meltham on 01484 907090.

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Jill speculates on choosing her perfect specs

Jill Barrowclough Receptionist Allegro Optical finds her perfect specs
Jill Barrowclough- Receptionist

Jill talks through how she chose her perfect specs

Choosing new glasses can be a difficult decision. They are after all the only accessory most people wear every day and they are the first thing people see when looking at our face. When choosing your new glasses, do you take into consideration what colours you wear or are drawn to? Do you bear in mind the Jewellery you wear? Is it silver, gold or do you wear large bright statement pieces?

Colors must fit together like pieces in a puzzle!

Think about what colours go with your colouring? Are you a light or a cool? Deep or Warm? I am a light, so when I go choosing a new outfit, whether for a special occasion or something casual, I am  always mindful of my colour pallette. While out and about I see many people wearing spectacles in generic colours such as black or tortoise. I often wonder how many people take their natural colouring into account when choosing their glasses, rather than trying to find a safe neutral colour that will go with anything. When I was advised I needed to wear glasses all the time, I thought about my wardrobe. I also thought about what colour frames would go with my natural colouring. I was due to have my hair recoloured, so I waited until this was done, to be sure the new glasses would be the perfect colour and shade.

A frame designed to enhance the proportions of the face

I looked at my face shape like I look at my body shape when choosing a piece of clothing. My new spectacles needed to fit both my head for comfort and my face for proportion. I have a heart shaped slightly round face and choosing the right frame was like shopping for the perfect pair of jeans. I wanted them to fit well and make me feel good and confident.
Gianfranco Ferré GFF 1038 at Allegro Optical Optician Saddleworth and Meltham
Gianfranco Ferré GFF 1038
Having taken into account my skin tone, eye and hair colour and now face shape, (just like when shopping) I asked for advice. Sheryl, Josie, Gemma, Jim and Steve all gave an opinion, which I valued. After trying on several frames in various materials such as Metal, Plastic and Hemp. Trying various shapes from Cats eye, through round and square, I settled on a modern version of a cats eye shape by Gianfranco Ferré. Fashion designer Gianfranco Ferré was known as the “architect of fashion.” Over his 25-year career, he developed a style that still hallmarks the brand. Often described as a combination of discipline and luxury, severity and ornamentation. I just like the bold simple styling. Style is fundamental and my new frame delivers a geometric design, with simple embellishment and pays homage to Ferré‘s studies as an architect. I like its clean crisp style and elegant simplicity.

New to varifocals

For the first time I have opted for varifocal lenses. I have always worn occupational lenses and distance specs just for driving. I’m appreciating having everything in one lens already. Whilst walking to work, I noticed a van with writing on the side and found it so clear, crisp and sharp, I looked over my glasses and the writing was not as clear. I feel that I am going to see a whole new world which I am looking forward to. No more thinking “who was that waving at me” whilst I’m out and about.
Colour and style analysis from Allegro Optical Opticians in Saddleworth and Meltham
Jilly and her new specs
All told, the advice and guidance of an experienced and fully qualified Dispensing Optician was invaluable. Having the various varifocal lens designs explained to me helped me to understand my options and gave me an idea of what to expect. Even though I work for Allegro Optical I was a little nervous about having to wear varifocals. Sheryl talked me through how to use them and reassured me. Now I’m loving my new glasses and even thinking about getting a second pair, but that’s going to be another story.
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Ethical eyecare from Allegro Optical Opticians with Sea2See recycled ocean plastic eyewear

As ethical eyecare providers Allegro Optical opticians are proud to introduce Sea2See

We all know that plastics pollution has a direct and frequent deadly effect on wildlife. Thousands of seabirds and marine mammals are killed each year, sadly after ingesting plastic or getting entangled in it. Something needs to be done. Our supermarkets and other retail outlets are already addressing the situation.  Many are moving away from plastic carrier bags and packaging.  Plastic choked beach - Sea2see recycled plastic spectacle frames from Allegro OPtical in Saddleworth and Holmfirth Huddersfield Optician The accumulation of plastics in our oceans and on our beaches has become a global crisis. It’s now well known that billions of pounds of plastic can be found in the swirling convergences. This now  makes up as much as 40 percent of the world’s ocean surfaces. At the current rate of pollution plastic is expected to outweigh all the fish in the sea by 2050.

THE PLASTIC PROBLEM

We are all surrounded by plastic and it is the single-use packaging we discard which is causing the global problems. During the first decade of this century, in fact, industry produced more plastic than all the plastic in history up to the year 2000. Every year  more and more plastic ends up in the world’s oceans. In fact, studies estimate that there are now 15–51 trillion pieces of plastic in the world’s oceans. According to the Center for Biological Diversity there is not one square mile of surface ocean anywhere on earth which  is free of plastic pollution. At Allegro Optical we worry about our environment and our planet. We know many of our clients are environmentally conscious and expect to find products made from ecologically friendly materials. Supporting the sustainable use of resources is something we are passionate about. We are always keen to reduce emissions and provide as many ethical products as we can. We try to source all our frames and lenses as locally and ethically as possible. Many of the frames and lenses we sell are manufactured in the UK, many from environmentally friendly material. Now we are also stocking frames made from recycled plastic.  Sea2see is a company that are making fashionable glasses and  sunglasses out of recycled plastics from the ocean. They call it “upcycling the ocean.”  They have been featured in Vogue, Wallpaper and The Independent to name but a few… Plastic choked beach - Sea2see recycled plastic spectacle frames from Allegro OPtical in Saddleworth and Holmfirth Huddersfield Optician

How much plastic?

Every year eight billion k.g. of plastics are thrown into the sea. So Sea2see works in collaboration with many fishing communities to collect sea plastic and discarded fishing gear. Working with the fishing industry Sea2see collect ten tons of abandoned gear in Spain each month. They then separate it, wash it and develop it. They then turn it into glasses and sunglasses that are 100% made in Italy. Saving the seas in Saddleworth and Holmfirth Our regular readers will know all about our love of local producers and suppliers. Likewise they will also know that we like to protect our planet. From the low impact Hemp Eyewear, the hand made natural cotton-based acetate frames from David Green. Many of our frames are biodegradable. Even the award winning Bird eyewear are made with environmentally friendly wood frames. By stocking our frame selection responsibly we are helping our planet and respecting our environment. Where possible we are reducing air miles by sourcing British made frames and in turn our carbon footprint. In doing this we are also supporting the British economy. Not a bad decision in what can be described as a particularly difficult and uncertain time for the UK.  We care about your eyecare and eyewear So when you visit Allegro Optical Opticians you can not only be sure that you will receive first-class eye care. We can guarantee it won’t cost you the Earth. If you would like to try ethical eyewear call Greenfield on 01457 353100 or Meltham on  01484 907090 Recycled plastic ethical eyewear glasses spectacles from Allegro Optical OPticians in Saddleworth and Meltham Holmfirth
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Xanthe’s unwanted Scare before Halloween

It’s time to get spooky safely this Halloween!

It’s October and that means cosy fluffy socks, orange autumn leaves, Strictly Come Dancing and of course Halloween! Now I have to admit I don’t love everything Halloween, I’m not into the “super” scary parts of Halloween. (I’d like to point out that I’m not a wimp, I just don’t dig the “super” scary stuff like killer clowns and demon nuns). I do however enjoy seeing carved pumpkins appear on peoples doorsteps, the decorations, and of course the dressing up in spooky outfits. However, this year isn’t quite going to plan.

It’s all a bunch of hocus pocus

Every year I get excited about getting dressed up and either going to a fancy-dress party or going trick or treating. I love picking out my costume and deciding how I’ll do my face paint. Over the years I have been many things from a witch to a pumpkin (I’ll be honest being a pumpkin was my favourite) and this year I’d planned to dress up in a skull candy “Day of the Dead” costume. I’d watched millions of tutorials on how to do my face paint, picked out an outfit that was perfect and couldn’t wait! Little did I know what was in store for me.
Day of the dead Halloween mask - don't do it says Xanthe from Allegro Optical
The desired result
Day of the dead Halloween mask - don't do it says Xanthe from Allegro Optical
The Inspiration
Day of the dead Halloween mask - don't do it says Xanthe from Allegro Optical
The result

A night of horror!

So much so that I decided to do a test run of how everything would look. So, I started my face paint, got all my face lovely and white ready to do all the intricate designs and flares. But my face began to feel warm and sting slightly. Now I thought, maybe as I don’t put a lot of makeup and such, I thought perhaps my face just wasn’t use to being caked and so couldn’t “breath” or “air” in the way it should. I began my designs, however the warm slightly stinging sensation quickly changed to burning red hot! I ran into my bathroom and washed of the face paint off as quickly as I possibly could but even after I got it off, I still felt like my face was burning less so then before but it was still pretty uncomfortable. When I eventually looked in the mirror, I resembled what I can only describe as a very red strawberry with white spots all over my face. Clearly, I’d had a reaction to the face paint.

An unwanted fright

Now you’re probably wondering why I am telling you this burning red hot story and why it even matters? Well two reasons; one, I hope my stupidity stops you from making my mistake, and two, nobody wants to sit on their sofa on a Sunday night with a bag of peas stuck to their face for an hour. In my excitement to do my face paint I hadn’t read the back of the packet. The place where it said to do a patch test beforehand, to ensure that when you put it on your face you didn’t look like a strawberry! (well done Xanthe, great look you got going at the moment).

Happy Halloween

Now I’ve face painted my face hundreds of time and never did I have a problem or any sort of reaction until now. I’m not saying that me doing this is in anyway life altering, but do it with something else, like your eyes and it could be. Many of us wear contact lenses; we go see our optician and they provide us with the best contact lenses for our needs. Now I wouldn’t dream of going anywhere else for my contact lenses, yet every year around Halloween, some people go into accessory shops or market stalls and buy funky colourful cosmetic contact lenses. Cosmetic contact lens uslce The effect these lenses can have on our eyes can be life altering, in some cases leading to serious infections, ulcers and even blindness. So if you’re thinking of trying coloured contacts this year, then PLEASE visit your optician and have the contact lenses professionally fitted. Your optician will find the right contact lenses for you and teach you how to put them in and take them out safely. They’ll have you looking funky and spooky safely, with any unwanted Halloween horrors. So take a tip from Xanthe’s book and visit your optician if you want to change your eye colour
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Meet the team – Claire Atkinson FBDO – Saddleworth’s Dispensing Optician

Claire Atkinson FBDO – Dispensing Optician – Part of our “Meet The Team” series Our “Meet the team” series of blogs gives you the opportunity to get to know our team members better. In this edition of “Meet the team”, we’re introducing you to Dispensing Optician Claire Atkinson FBDO. Claire Atkinson - Dispensing Optician Musicians Optician Greenfield Uppermill Saddleworth Claire is based in our Greenfield practice and being a local girl she has a good knowledge of the Saddleworth area. Claire graduated in 2004 and she has a vast knowledge of ophthalmic lenses. She also has a great deal of experience in the optical industry. A relative newcomer to the team Claire joined us in May, but she has quickly made her mark. She has a fantastic eye for fashion and style. Here feel for shape and colour is uncanny and she is our “go to” woman for frame advice. With her encyclopedic knowledge of lens types, she is able to advise on all kinds of vision correction. 

Award winning eye care

As Greenfield’s resident Dispensing Optician Claire usually works with resident optometrist Sara Ackroyd and the pair make quite a team. With both ladies living locally they know many people and are quickly building up a firm fan base. As recent winners of the “Store of the week” award and the “Customer Service” Award. The Greenfield team always go above and beyond to deliver an award winning customer experience. If you are wanting some new eyewear, but are unsure what you want Claire can help. With a good eye for colour and shape Claire will be able to help you select your perfect frame. Claire treats everyone as an individual, and likes to get to know her clients. She will never inflict her tastes on her clients, as a consultation at Allegro Optical is all about our client’s unique style and tastes.   Allegro Optical Greenfield Claire James and Sheryl

Saddleworth’s Musicians’ Optician

Many of our readers will know that Allegro Optical is also known as “The Musicians’ Optician” and Claire has local musical credentials. A lapsed flugelhorn player, Claire has a history in brass. In fact, Claire’s Dad has strong ties to Uppermill Brass Band and is quite a character on the local brass band scene. Claire also has two Children who are both learning to play brass instruments. They both played in this year’s Whit Friday Brass Band Contests an event Claire had no intention of missing. While currently not playing, Claire still has a full understanding of a musicians visual needs. Performing can be very demanding on the visual system and musicians rely on their vision as much as any sportsman. Having played in a key role within a brass band Claire fully appreciates most musicians requirements.   

It’s not all about the music

In her spare time, Claire loves to watch tennis and she is also partial to a spot of stand up comedy. With an outgoing personality Claire finds it easy to put people at ease and is very popular with our clientele.  At Allegro Optical we value our staff and look after them as a happy team member will always pay more attention to the needs of customers. Now that is something which is very important to us.  We believe that innovation is the lifeblood of any business, and it is happy employees that are inspired enough to think outside the box. Claire often comes up with some creative solutions for our organisational needs.   If you and your family would like to meet Claire and experience award winning family eye care call Greenfield on 01457 353100 or for our clients over the hill call Meltham on 01484 907090 and book your appointment today.
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Forget Sloane Square Saddleworth and Holmfirth are the places to buy Oliver Goldsmith eyewear

Oliver Goldsmith eyewear comes to Saddleworth and Holmfirth

In 1926, Philip Oliver Goldsmith, a salesman for the large optical firm Raphaels Ltd, began hand-making spectacles in London and established Oliver Goldsmith to sell them. The brand became well known for its unique, pioneering frame designs. Oliver Goldsmith developed the very first flesh-coloured frame. The frame was named ‘Dawn’ because it was intended to usher in a new era in frame design.

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In 1936 Goldsmith’s son, Charles Myer Goldsmith, joined the company. It was he who recognised the fashion potential of eyewear. After his father’s death in 1947 he adopted the name Oliver for himself.  The brand quickly became a pioneer of the 1950s trend. Producing ornamental frames that coordinated with clothing and featured jewels and metal inserts.
 
Oliver_Goldsmith_eyewear comes to ALlegro OPtical opticiancs in Saddleworth and Holmfirth
 
Here at Allegro Optical, we have adopted this vision and, we think, have perfected it. That is why there will always be a Dispensing Optician and styling expert on hand to help you choose the perfect frame that goes with your shape, colouring and features.
 
Oliver Goldsmith began to sell sunglasses to high-class shops, including London’s Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason.
 

The next generation

 
The third Goldsmith generation, Andrew Oliver Goldsmith, joined the business in 1960. He underwent three years’ training in QEC (quality, elegance and comfort) before he was allowed to design his own frames by his father, who then largely handed over the reins in 1966.
 
The 60s and 70s were a golden age for the brand. During this period such celebrities as the actors Diana Dors, Michael Caine and Peter Sellers wore Oliver Goldsmith frames. Andrew even designed a pair of metal granny glasses for John Lennon, which the star referred to affectionately as his ‘Olivers’.
 
Goldsmith won global fame from 1982 when Princess Diana commissioned pieces to match all of her dresses. The most memorable being the Berwick, a white semi-aviator frame that she wore on the front cover of Woman’s Own in 1986.
 
We have a wide selection of Oliver Goldsmith frames here at Allegro Optical, so why not call in and try some on? We’re sure you’ll love them!