Diary of a spectacle designer

Nothing is more important than frame design to Tom Davies. Here he reveals the thrills and trials as he launches a new collection

I hold open days at my factory every few months when opticians visit from all over the world. Today I’ve had 20 of my best accounts from the Netherlands. Last week I had 240 opticians from the UK. The open days are my greatest joy and I love sharing my passion with customers. Since talk of eyewear is all but banned at home, optician visitors are a real treat for me.

I particularly love sharing the creative process and often coach opticians to create acetate materials as well as designing glasses. I’m no longer surprised at the creativity of many of the delegates, but my ‘students’ are generally amazed at what they can create.

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