Style Guide: The Windsor Collection

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Forgive the forthcoming history lesson, but we’re really passionate about round metal eyewear.

Invented in 1880, round metal frames remained popular through the early 1900’s. They fell out of favour when celluloid acetate was commercialised until they showed up again as the style of choice on U.S. navy submarines. In contrast to their mid-century military popularity, they were championed by supporters as diverse as John Lennon, Mahatma Gandhi and Steve Jobs throughout the latter half of the 20th century.

Lennon Jobs

The Windsor was an early variant that took the best of both worlds to create a distinctive style – a thin band of acetate wrapped around the metal face of the frame.

So, here’s our update: we’ve recreated two of our favourite frames from this year, the Adler and Theodore, with Windsor rims. Each retains its original steel alloy construction, which shines through the acetate. Our craftsmen have made the acetate as durable as ever, yet only 2mm thin. 

Shop our new Windsor Rim collection here

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