Looking for breadcrumbs.

May 06, 2017

Looking for breadcrumbs.

 

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When we set up Banton Frameworks in 2012, we were faced with a fiercely competitive market. A crowded environment made of successful brands who have been dominating the eyewear industry for decades. Navigating the design and manufacture of our own eyewear has encouraged us to look for the things that matter the most.

Sadly, there are very few eyewear companies actually producing frames here in the UK. The esteemed and widely respected Algha Works in London are a manufacturer that epitomise the ‘remaining’ British eyewear industry that once flourished in this country. With functioning machinery, ageing over a century old, it goes without saying they are unique in every right. With a growing UK eyewear market, we can only wish for their legacy to continue.

Whilst designing the Profile collection, we asked ourselves. ‘What do we want from a pair of sunglasses?’. As always, timeless aesthetics and rational functionality were predominant during development. As such, we were drawn to the classic designs of the mid century. The UK eyewear industry was at it’s peak during this era and classic details such as the ‘key hole bridge’ and cellulose acetates formed an aesthetic which we have come to adore. Without blame, numerous eyewear brands today offer their own iterations of this timeless eyewear design period.

However, it was the flourishing industry itself that inspired us. A production paragon.

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The UK optical industry was a network hive consisting of nearly a thousand individual factories. A sub-industry born from the back rooms of optical practices, the manufacture of optical components surged after the second world war. Resulting from increased industrialism, this spike saw the production of optical components in high volume. Rivets, screws, frame fronts, temples, frame chains and lenses were all made here. With that said, there now stands a sad truth in their dusty shadow.

The UK eyewear industry was once a thousand factories strong. Now only a handful remain

Learning about our previous eyewear industry, we sought to produce eyewear that was designed the way we wanted it, made where it used to be.

Eyewear that is: Designed Well. Made Well Here.

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