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Frame of the Month for November

O.SIX eyewear, Novembers frame of the month 

With the arrival of November comes a new frame for the month. We feature this month’s frame by O.SIX Eyewear, but the actual frame is completely unique, since it comes in a variety of styles, as it is 100% bespoke to your taste. Consider this scenario. If you’re invited to a fabulous work party, you put weeks of planning into your outfit. You wear the same uniform day in and day out at work, so you’re thrilled you get to show off a bit of your style. You’re excited to get dolled up and strut your stuff in this amazing outfit you’ve put so much effort into. You arrive and everyone compliments you on your wonderful style, and how different you look, but then shock horror you find Dennis from accounting is wearing the exact same outfit!!! O.SIX Eyewear is unique and stylish because that’s exactly what people want! I have been in the same position myself and it’s frustrating.  

Endless colour combinations 

We don’t usually think of eyewear when we hear the word “bespoke”. A completely unique frame that you design is exactly what O.SIX Eyewear offers. Here’s how it works. The process starts with your sight test, during which your optician determines what sort of frame and lenses etc. you need, after which one of our dispensing opticians walks you through the design process step by step. A member of our team will determine the right frame size for you based on your needs. After that, you can choose the style of frame you want, square, round, catseye, aviator, oval, tortoise – the choices are endless. Your next step is choosing the material of your frame, either metal or acetate, matt or glossy. Then it’s time to pick a colour or pattern for your frame, and not just the front, but also the sides of your frame! You now have a completely bespoke frame that no one else has because it’s completely unique to you! I could talk all day about this bespoke experience, but I think we should also explore O.SIX as a brand.

Colour, shape and form 

Massimo Mancini founded O.SIX eyewear in 1989 as a way to fill a void during a period when eyewear had a very dull and uncreative aesthetic. In response to this, he earned a reputation for being edgy and unique.  In the decade that followed, the company grew tremendously. The reasons for this were largely due to the fact that many other brands relocated their production to other countries in order to lower costs.

O.SIX’s ethos of offering handcrafted frames that excel remains unchanged, giving the wearer a work of art. During manufacture in Italy’s Valle del Cadore, O.SIX frames are rigorously inspected. O.SIX eyewear is still handmade today, using the same techniques as it was back in the 1990s. The range incorporates some traditional and modern shapes, colours, and styles into their collections. 

Find your O.SIX

You should definitely pop in and check out our range of O.SIX Eyewear if you, like me, love the sound of bespoke frames and O.SIX Eyewear. Create a style that is truly unique to you. To help you find the perfect pair to suit your style, we now offer a style consultation service. You can call us on 01457 353100 in Greenfield or 01484 907090 in Meltham to find out how we can help you. You can also follow us on Twitter @AllegroOptical. Check out our Instagram @allegrooptical as well. 

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Beautiful eyewear that doesn’t cost the Earth – By Abigayle Doe

Now you really can look good while saving the planet

We’re proud that Allegro Optical is a family run business that cares. Sheryl Doe Managing Director and Dispensing Optician has always been concerned about the impact we have on our environment. She worries about how our actions now will affect her children and grandchildren in years to come. With this in mind when Allegro Optical first opened in 2017, Sheryl made sure there was a choice of eco-friendly products available. Our first eco-friendly frames were Hemp Eyewear made in Edinburgh. It is the world’s first spectacle frame made from sustainable plant-based materials.  It is designed and manufactured in the UK, reducing its carbon footprint and lowering the air miles incurred by delivery.

Something a little different

Over the years both Sheryl and myself, Training Manager, Abigayle. Yes, I’m another of Sheryl’s daughters! We have tried hard to bring in new eco-friendly, recycled or sustainable products to both Meltham and Saddleworth.  Allegro Optical now has 11 different environmentally ethical spectacle brands.  We’re are always on the lookout for more because this means that we can help to save the Earth, without it costing you the Earth. We’ve also made sure that there are frames to suit every budget. 

Allegro Optical also plants a tree for every eco-friendly spectacle frame that is sold. Each of our eco-friendly and sustainable brands has its own unique way of helping the environment.  From Coral, Sea2see and Waterhaul, (who all reclaim ocean plastics and fishing nets, recycling them into econyl to make spectacles frames rather than leaving them in the oceans damaging both environment and wildlife).

To David Green (who is inspired by and embraces nature) incorporating natural elements into the designs of his spectacle frames, such as leaves and reeds. These frames are biodegradable when they are no longer needed. Coral even come with a trade-in value towards your new pair of Corals, so you can hand them back when you want a new look. The old frames are then recycled and used to produce another fabulous planet-friendly frame. You even get a thank you for your troubles.

We don’t just think about the frames

As well frames we try to ensure that our lenses have the lowest environmental impact possible. Whilst lenses cannot be produced from recycled materials, yet, we do use lens manufacturers from the UK,

one of which is located only 30 miles from our Meltham practice. The lenses are produced and cut in one location, unlike other opticians who buy lenses from abroad and cut them onsite. Still racking up a huge amount of air miles and diluting the local economy. We do source our lenses this way to limit our carbon footprint as well as to support the local economy and surrounding community. 

 

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 to the handmade natural cotton-based acetate frames from David Green. From the recycled frames from Sea2See, Waterhaul, Coral and frames created from biodegradable plastics, the list is vast.

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 lenses and in turn reducing our carbon footprint. In doing this we are also supporting the local and British economy as a whole. 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

We are passionate about all forms of ethical eyewear. If you would like to know more about eyewear with a conscience, or you would like to own a beautiful pair of ethical spectacles contact Allegro Optical. The home of beautiful eyewear that doesn’t cost the earth. If you would like to try ethical eyewear call, Greenfield, on 01457 353100 or Meltham on  01484 907090

 

 

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October’s Frame of the Month, an Ethical Spectacle

Xanthe’s Ethical Spectacle, October’s Frame of the Month

It’s October and with the new season, we have a new frame of the month! This month’s frame is Hector, in ocean blue, produced by the wonderful Coral eyewear company. I chose this frame for two reasons. Firstly, now that summer is well and truly over, I wanted a frame that injected a little summer into the autumn season. Secondly, I love Coral eyewear as its ethos is sustainability, using materials that are either causing serious damage to the sea life in our oceans, or materials that are found at landfill sites that otherwise wouldn’t be reusable. Any brand that puts sustainability above everything else, gets a big thumbs up from me! Now, before we go any more into this fantastic brand, I first want to tell you all about our frame of the month Hector in the colour ocean blue. 

 

The first thing that drew me to this frame was the fact it’s unisex, but what kept me interested was its vivid colour. The colour is a gorgeous deep ocean blue, set in a classic style frame shape. I would team this frame with a bold eye look focusing on purples and hazel colours, finishing with a very natural lip shade. This beautiful frame design is created in the UK, with the company being based in London and Edinburgh. The designs are then sent to Italy to be handcrafted by a highly skilled team. Another amazing quality about this frame is how incredibly lightweight they are, while still feeling very robust and well built. The wonderful thing about this frame and any other Coral eyewear frames for that matter is that they are made from completely sustainable materials! Let’s find out a little more about the wonderful Coral eyewear. 

Sustainability and style

Coral eyewear was started by university student George Bailey, who was fed up with brands using non-sustainable plastics and materials for their frames. By researching more sustainable avenues George was able to create a brand and product that puts the environment above everything else. George also comes from an optical family, so has a knowledge and understanding of the industry. This has been invaluable in ensuring that the end product is as high quality as possible without compromising on quality, sustainability and style. The process to make these incredible frames is fascinating. It starts with using rescued ocean fishing nets, regenerated ocean waste and recycled plastic from landfills. Next, they clean and sort the waste to recover the nylon to create a material known as Econyl, which is then used for the eyewear frame. The frames are as strong as any other frame being made using non-sustainable materials, but without damaging our environment.  The final cherry on top of this eco-friendly cake is, if you decide you want to change your style and pick another of their frames, you can send your frames back to them for recycling as they can be recycled infinitely!  

Your vision now, our vision for the future

So if, like me, you love the look of these frames or the sound of Coral Eyewear then don’t hesitate to come in and have a look at our range of Coral frames. Take the opportunity to add some sustainability to your style. We’re also now offering a style consultation service to help you find the perfect pair to suit your style. So please give us a call in either Greenfield 01457 353100 or Meltham 01484 907090 to find the perfect match. Also, follow us on Twitter @AllegroOptical. Or on Instagram @allegrooptical. 

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Xanthe’s frame of the month for September

Xanthe's frame of the month

It’s two for one in September

After a couple of weeks off I’m back! This means we once again have a new frame of the month! This month is a bit different as it’s two frames! (now don’t say we don’t spoil you). You could say that I may be a little biased and that  I say this every month but I truly love this month’s frames!

The moment I saw them I just fell for them, hook, line and sinker! September’s frame of the month is by Caron Eyewear. Oh My in colours red & turquoise, they are just the most vivid beautiful coloured frames! Not only are the colours incredible but the shape is just so different and unique a hexagon! I mean that’s different, but it just works so well! Beautiful colours, unique shapes and a British designed frame, what more could a girl ask for? Now before I get myself all excited, let’s talk about the Caron, Oh My frames in colours red & turquoise. 

 

Be Bold

The eyewear is crafted with high quality red or turquoise acetate, they truly are beautiful bright eye-catching frames. I especially love how well it shapes the face and adds a burst of colour to your everyday or special occasion look. The frames are hand polished to give a transparent beautiful sheen that really makes the eyewear pop.

I honestly love these frames so much, they just catch your attention with their wonderful colours. The front of the frames is a compact hexagon shape, which I adore because once again it adds to the uniqueness of the frame. Everything about these frames is just so unusual! The frames team amazingly with bold lipstick giving off a striking and eye-catching look. Now although I could go on and on about these beautiful frames, I think it’s also worth mentioning the amazing designer that is behind the Caron eyewear brand. 

Meet the designer

The Caron eyewear line is created by designer Caron Kraitt; she takes her inspiration from texture, geometry and architecture. Caron Kraitt now brings her unique skills to her own brand, inspired by modern women who are not afraid to celebrate their natural beauty and femininity alongside their personal strength and independence.

Everything Caron designs are not just uniquely beautiful, but also exceptionally wearable, her designs have a strong feminine personality. The frames are crafted from combinations of some of the finest materials. All these elements contribute to the design, ergonomics, and contemporary style. Caron eyewear will naturally enhance your individuality whilst effortlessly expressing modernity and independence. 

So if, like me, you love the look of these frames or the sound of Caron Eyewear then don’t hesitate to come in and have a look at our range of Caron frames. Take the opportunity to add some bright colours to your style. We’re also now offering a style consultation service to help you find the perfect pair to suit your style. So please give us a call in either Greenfield 01457 353100 or Meltham 01484 907090 to find the perfect match. Also, follow us on Twitter @AllegroOptical. Or on Instagram @allegrooptical. 

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Frame of the month-August

Xanthe is being rather outspoken in this August’s Frame of the Month

Xanthe Allegro OpticalIt’s August (where has this year gone?!). A new month and that can only mean one thing, a new frame of the month! I am very excited about this months frame. Particularly as it’s a unisex frame so it’s brilliant for our ladies and our gents! This month’s frame of the month is our Outspoken OA1819 in Colour 4.

I was drawn to this frame by the unique combination of colours. The hues are so different but still work so well together. From the moment I saw it, I knew that this frame would need to be featured as our frame of the month. I just think it’s got such a different and unique style, while not being too over the top.

One reason for us using outspoken as a brand is that they do offer many different unique and wonderful frames, in lots of fabulous colour combinations, but before talking about them let’s talk about the frame OA1819 in Colour 4.

Layers of colour

The frames start with a layer of mixed purple and blue, flowing to a segment of orange with a running clear section flowing to a green segment then finishing with a beautiful orange layer.

It’s a colour combination I’ve never seen in a frame before and honestly, never would’ve thought would work, but there’s just something about this frame that stands out while still blending so well together.

I also love that the shape of the frame still has a very classic style and feel to it. While the colours are different the style of the frame is kept very simple, giving the wearer the option to wear it either as an everyday frame or for special occasions. Either way, this frame is bound to bring many compliments. 

Stand out from the crowd

Colourful, Idiosyncratic, and sometimes challenging. That is the identity of Outspoken to make you stand out when you wear their glasses! Founded in the Netherlands and established themselves in the global optical market distributing in the US, Europe, Australia, Canada, South America and the UK. Outspoken tries to emphasize the personality of the wearer.

Both men and women can show their individuality with the unique colour combinations offered by outspoken frames. The wearer of an outspoken frame can proudly and confidently say no other brand has the same colour combinations as outspoken has for their frames.

Different acetate plates are combined into unique colour combinations. The plates are then laminated in their own factory to create colour combination frames. The designers carefully select different materials from various resources to create a unique frame for the wearer. Not only do these frames have amble uniqueness and style but they also offer comfort and reliability.

Find your perfect pair

So if, like me, you love the look of this frame or the sound of this brand then don’t hesitate to come in and have a look at our range of Outspoken frames. Take the opportunity to add some unique colour to your style. We’re also now offering a style consultation service to help you find the perfect pair to suit your style. So please give us a call in either Greenfield 01457 353100 or Meltham 01484 907090 to find the perfect match. Also, follow us on Twitter @AllegroOptical. Or on Instagram @allegrooptical. 

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July frame of the month

David Green at Allegro Optical

David Green Quercus – By Xanthe Doe

It’s that time of the month again, it’s the frame of the month! July’s frame of the month is David Green Quercus. At Allegro we are doing everything we can to be more eco friendly. We like to do our bit to make the world a more sustainable place. When we first came across David Green we knew they were exactly the kind of brand we would love.  Their whole range is eco-friendly and sustainable materials! 

 

Something Different

We have many different frames available from David Green but the frame Quercus really stood out for me as it just had that little bit of something different about it. The frame is a classic style made from real cork fitted within a hazel natural cotton acetate. The cork is over 100 years old all the way from Portugal in its completely natural state. Even the case is made from 100% recycled materials. 

 

David Green is dedicated to being different, in a world of duplication, replication and mass production. With an aim for uniqueness, David Green is still dedicated to his eco-conscious ethos. Handcrafted from the finest raw materials with each pair of eyewear contains a piece of real nature such as fallen leaves, mother of pearl, reeds and a variety of woods. Their designs echo different designs as unique as mother nature herself. When you choose David Green, you’re saying I don’t just want to look good, I want to feel good –  about myself and the world in which I live. Be kind to yourself, be kind to the earth, discover David Green.

Love your eyewear

So if, like me, you love the look of this frame or the sound of this brand then don’t hesitate to come in and have a look at our range of David Green frames. Take the opportunity to not only add some style to your day but also feel great knowing your bit for the environment. We’re also now offering a style consultation service to help you find the perfect pair to suit your style. So please give us a call in either Greenfield 01457 353100 or Meltham 01484 907090 to find the perfect match. Also, follow us on Twitter @AllegroOptical. Or on Instagram @allegrooptical. 

 

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Xanthe’s frame of the month – Coco Song’s Golden Bug

Coco Song Golden Bug

Golden Bug By Coco Song – Xanthe’s frame of the month

It’s June, and as well as the return of gorgeous hot sunny days, Pimm’s and lemonade and barbecues it also means we have a new frame of the month! I for one am very excited about this month’s frame, because as you all know I love a bit of class and glamour, so it is no surprise this month’s frame is Coco Song Golden Bug. 

 

Why it’s so special

Now before we get started on the frame and why I love it so much I just wanted to tell you a little about Coco Song. They draw their inspiration from Italian and oriental mediums and culture, only using the very best materials in the world. Materials such as dried flowers, silk, semi-precious stones, one of a kind acetate and metal accents. Each frame is expertly crafted by hand to perfection for 6 months minimum, giving the result of a masterpiece and a truly luxurious frame making any woman feel unique and beautiful. 

Goes with anything

I love this frame and the gorgeous colour. You would think given the name Golden Bug would mean it would be golden. But oh no once again drawing from their uniqueness it’s actually a beautiful teal. If you are a regular reader you will know that teal is a universal colour. It can be worn with most skin tones and outfits. The frame has feathers and French silk set within Italian cotton acetate with a finishing touch of inset lapis lazuli stones. The moment I saw this frame I fell in love with it and just thought it radiated sophistication and class. 

Give it a try

So if, like me, you love the look of this frame or the sound of this brand then don’t hesitate to come in and have a look at our range of Coco Song frames. Take the opportunity to add some sophistication and uniqueness to your everyday life. We’re also now offering a style consultation service to help you find the perfect pair to suit your style. So please give us a call in either Greenfield 01457 353100 or Meltham 01484 907090 to find the perfect match. Also, follow us on Twitter @AllegroOptical. Or on Instagram @allegrooptical. 

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Your Perfect Pairs – Eyewear which reflects your personality

Eyewear styling by Allegro Optical

Eyewear styling and Award-Winning Eye Care 

Are you bored with the same old style of spectacles. The kind you see in multiple high street opticians, or all over the internet? Do you tend to choose a similar shape frame every time? Would you like to choose your eyewear in a relaxed, personal experience? Have you been disappointed with your glasses in the past?

At Allegro Optical our whole team knows the importance of dressing from your face first. We know that your eyewear is often the very first thing anyone notices about you. Eyewear speaks volumes about who you are before you’ve even said hello. With this in mind, your eyewear should reflect your personality perfectly. Expressing who you are, giving you even more confidence every single day. As well as being a perfect fit of course. At your own personal eyewear styling consultation, with one of our talented team members, we will help you do just that.

Many of our stylists are fully qualified dispensing opticians. These are eye care professionals who will listen to you and ask just the right questions.  Once they have listened to your needs they will really understand how you want to feel in your new spectacles. They will find a collection of unique pieces for you to try on, that could be your perfect match.

Step out of your comfort zone

You could discover the perfect pair you’ve been searching for. Maybe you’ll be surprised by a style you wouldn’t otherwise have looked at.  We know that you will be delighted with your new spectacle wardrobe, with looks for all different occasions.

Always true to our environmental values, we actively seek out small eyewear fashion houses that produce their frames in small numbers in traditional or innovative ways.

Unique eyewear just for you

We stock handmade frames of the highest quality, which are often hard to find: only a handful of the UK’s most progressive opticians carry these exclusive collections. Maybe you want to make a personal statement with everyday wearability.  Or perhaps you are looking for something unquestionably unique for that special occasion. Whatever your aim, Allegro Optical will find the perfect glasses for you.

Give your eyes the best

If you are treating yourself to the perfect pair of spectacles, why not give your eyes a little TLC at the same time too?

Allegro Optical’s Advanced Optometry eye examinations are designed to take a much closer look at your eyes. Advanced Optometry provides you with cutting edge investigative examinations techniques combined with state of art equipment not available through the NHS. An Advanced Optometry Eye Examination can include OCT Scans, Retinal Imaging, Dry Eye Assessments, Visual Stress Assessments, Digital Keratometry, Colourimetry and much more. Advanced Optometry Eye Examinations are the perfect start to an eyewear styling consultation.

If you would like to give your eyes the best don’t delay, book your advanced optometry eye exam and styling consultation now. Call to book your covid safe consultation on Meltham 01484 907090 or Greenfield 01457 353100. Experience our award-winning eye care at its best.