homage to history

Nine new vintage-inspired styles are launched in the Made in England collection, celebrating company’s past

Walter & Herbert has launched three new ophthalmic frames and six new sunglasses in its vintage-inspired Made in England eyewear collection.

The brand pays homage to the 70 years of experience of the company behind it, The Optoplast Actman Eyewear Company. Walter & Herbert is named after the company’s founders, Walter Conway and Herbert Thorn.

Each style in the collection is designed, made and tested in England. The frames are named after historic English figures and have been created to reflect a contemporary English aesthetic.

The new styles for spring in the ophthalmic range are ‘Astell,’ ‘Carter’ and ‘Lowe,’ while the new sunglasses are called ‘Collins,’ ‘Fry,’ ‘Gielgud,’ ‘Taylor,’ ‘Tennyson’ and ‘Tolkien.’

In the ophthalmic styles, ‘Carter’ in maple horn is a statement style. The oversized eye shape is complemented by an engraved metal nose bridge creating a vintage look, with the frame featuring adjustable nose pads for a more comfortable fit. The horn acetates are set to leave a lasting impression, according to the company.

Another highlight in the new ophthalmic launches is ‘Lowe’ in ‘crystaline tort.’ It combines a classic 1940's shape with vintage detailing and striking colours.

A high fashion look in the new sunglasses is ‘Taylor’ in ‘crystal maple.’ The sunglasses are clear and have an unusual shape that mixes curves with bold, straight lines.

For a more classic look, ‘Tennyson’ in ‘charred whiskey’ is a bold new take on the popular aviator shape, combining acetates with a hint of metal. The combination of shiny and matt finishes creates a sleek, contoured look.

Chief executive of The Optoplast Actman Eyewear Company, James Conway, told OT: “The new models have been very exciting to develop. We’ve really pushed the boundaries with shape and colour to achieve some very striking styles.”

Mr Conway added: “The response so far has been overwhelmingly positive, especially regarding our most unusual style ‘Taylor’ (pictured). I think it’s important we keep having fun with the designs, all the while making sure they fully reflect our brand.”

For more information, visit the brand’s website.