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Spectacles designed by students

Specsavers’ latest range of frames has been designed by four students

05 Aug 2019 by Emily McCormick

Specsavers has introduced 14 new frames in store that have been designed by students.

The Design Collective range of spectacles and sunglasses have been created by Emily Hill, Lydia Blackshaw, Tiffany Bachelet and Joshua Teodoro, winners of the multiple’s inaugural design competition.

The winning designs were selected from over 140 entries and aim to “celebrate individuality, encouraging everyone to wear their glasses with pride,” the multiple said.

Ms Bachelet, who is studying product design at the University of Dundee, said that one of the reasons she entered the competition was because she is short-sighted and wanted to wear her own designs. “I really wanted these glasses to be for everyone, not gender specific. For me it’s about style. If you like the glasses, you should wear them and not worry about social constraints,” she shared.

Speaking about the competition and the resulting collection, optometrist and Specsavers head of design and product development, Stig Hansen, explained: “At Specsavers we try to find the balance of being commercial and raising the bar when it comes to design and innovation. This is how the Design Collective came about. We wanted to give new young talent a platform to shine and to design eyewear without limiting them too much in their creativity, so that we could see some out of the box thinking.”

Specsavers confirmed that due to the popularity of the competition it will return in 2020 covering the UK & Ireland, while it will also launch similar competitions in Australia, New Zealand and Northern Europe.

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