We are over the moon to announce that we are once again a proud stockist of one of Britain’s most influential and original eyewear brands of all time: Cutler and Gross.
Famously established by two friends - Graham Cutler and Tony Gross - they opened their first optician's way back in1969 in London’s Knightsbridge, the very epicentre of the swinging sixties.
It wasn’t long before the pair’s pioneering eyewear caught the attention of those searching for specs that offered the wearer more than just improved eyesight. Artists, musicians, revolutionaries, counter-revolutionaries, your average Joes and Joans with an eye for design and good craftsmanship — they all descended on Cutler and Gross for eyewear that could define and distinguish their image.
As Graham put it once upon a time, “The Cutler and Gross customer has always been an individual. Eccentric maybe, but a rare breed, certainly.” You can see why we like them so much, can’t you?
Today, Cutler and Gross remain are still massively respected. Not just within eyewear but within British fashion as a whole. You might mention them in the same breath as the likes of Mary Quant, maybe even Vivienne Westwood. Their deft and playful tinkering with time-worn silhouettes and their long history of inventive use of colour makes for glasses that stand out and stand the test of time. Just how we like it here at Seen HQ.
Take a look at our full collection of Cutler and Gross here or have a little delve into a few of our favourites below…
Cutler and Gross 9926 Sun in Emerald
Here’s DJ and Filmmaker, Don Letts donning the 9926 Sun, a frame inspired by notable rock 'n' roll figures from the 50s and 60s such as Sammy Davis Jr, Keith Richards and Dusty Springfield. We’re a big fan of how the translucent Emerald colourway has a way of altering slightly in different lights, creating subtle changes to their look.
Cutler and Gross 1390 in Papa Don’t Peach
Rumour has it, a certain Material Girl’s visit to the Cutler and Gross Knightsbridge store in 1989 influenced the 1390 Round, a distinctly confident, thoroughly '80's, rounded acetate frame. The punny ‘Papa Don’t Peach’ colourway and sister sunglass ‘Isla Bonita Blue’ tint pay further homage to the iconoclastic pop giant whilst capturing the spirit of London’s eccentric street fashion of that time.
Cutler and Gross 9288 in Lipstick Red
The 9288 in Lipstick Red are a stylish and bold addition to any eyewear collection. These glasses feature a flattering, defined cat-eye shape, a timeless design made famous from the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor, stars of the silver screen boom of the '50s & '60s, the era which inspired this modernised cat-eye (...find out a little bit more about that in this blog post on the tale of the cat eye glasses shape).
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Like what you see? Then we'd suggest browsing our collection of Cutler and Gross below. If you're really intrigued, why don't you book in for a styling appointment and try some of the frames on?