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.

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.
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!

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