Look local: Style Leeds the way

Leeds has seen many changes in recent years and its vibrant diversity is having an impact on how opticians think, writes Sean Rai-Roche

‘Leeds is a great, vibrant city with a busy up-and-coming independent scene,’ says Tomas Oppedal, co-owner of Eye Room Opticians. ‘It’s constantly changing. If you walk around the city now it’s so different to how it was 10 years ago and there are now lots of independent cafes, shops and bars.’

Oppedal opened Eye Room six months ago and is keen to capitalise on the changing tastes of the city’s inhabitants. ‘We try to be current and have trendy frames in store. Clear acetate and round metal frames have been very popular recently,’ he says.

The practice is Norwegian eyewear company Kaibosh’s premier store in the UK and Oppedal says it has been a ‘very exciting frame’ to stock. ‘Our best-selling frames are the quirkier ones,’ he explains. ‘We’re in the city centre so we try to appeal to the independent crowd, which has worked well.’

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