All Frames

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Conran's classics

Sir Terence Conran has already made his mark on British homes, and now he’s hoping to do the same with eyewear. Chris Bennett reports

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Wrap up well

The temperature guage is already edging towards zero, meaning the ski season is almost upon us. Eyewear suppliers have this year catered for all tastes both on and off the slopes by designing pieces that are a mix of both fashion and functionality.

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Silmo 2006: The clothes show

Shannon McKenzie and Rob Moss report on the latest frame collections and trends on display at the Silmo exhibition in Paris

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Ego-centric

Swedish frame design company Ego is hoping its Scandinavian styling will start to find favour in the UK as practices look for frames with personality. Rory Brogan speaks to Ego UK representative Anders Feuk

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As worn by 007

With Casino Royale on general release today, Shannon McKenzie looks at the shades James Bond will be slipping on, and what effect this might have on consumers

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Urban style

In a market dominated by mass-produced frames, Scott Urban is keen to offer his clients something unique. Shannon McKenzie hears how he achieves it

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Silmo focus

While frames and sunglasses are often seen as the main attraction of Silmo, some lens companies are making the most of the opportunity to display their latest products

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Hinge theatre

Colour and form are often the most eye-catching features on frames, but a growing number of brands are investing more time and effort into developing innovative hinge systems.

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Light fantastic

There probably aren't too many frame designers who can claim to take their inspiration from the aurora borealis, but this is very much the case with Staffan Preutz of the rimless firm Polaris

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An open and shut case

It is rare that I openly write about how stupid I’ve been but something happened last month that was so significant to the world of eyewear cases and accessories that I had little choice but to swallow my pride, writes Rob Moss.

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Quincey Eyewear : Not just pretty poly

Quincey Eyewear has built a reputation for high quality polycarbonate work but it also works with a growing range of lenses in a variety of materials and indices. Chris Bennett travelled west to Indian Queens in Cornwall to learn more.

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Framed! Rolf Harris!

Rolf Harris is one of the most endearing entertainers of all time, one of the nicest men in show business and one of my personal all time heroes.

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Teenage kicks

Late last month Optician invited a group of early teenagers to share their experience of opticians and eyewear at a round table discussion.

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Teenage opinions of retail optics

What does an average 15-year-old think of retail optics? As part of his work experience on Optician, Jordan Gillhespy provides us with his personal view of what retail optics looks like to a teenager

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Safilo's brand man

With Hugo Boss eyewear coming on board and Marc Jacobs performing well, Safilo UK's sales director Marco Patalano believes the product offering is right. Rory Brogan catches up with him