The Kirk family have been pioneers in optics since Sidney and Percy opened their first London workshops in 1919. The Kirk Brothers were innovators, not only in the design of their frames but also in the manner in which they were presented. Their couriers were the first to deliver by motorbike, cutting a dash through the streets of 1920’s London, setting the standard in both style and service. Three generations later, inspired by their love of heritage and twenty years of passion for eyewear, Jason and Karen Kirk bring you Kirk & Kirk.
Kirk &Kirk – The Pioneers In Optics
Over the years, the the Kirks have designed eyewear for the stars, including such taste setters as Samuel L. Jackson, Robbie Williams, Stevie Wonder, Oasis, U2 and you may have spotted their work on Gary Oldman’s well-formed nose in the Batman trilogy.
There is a delicate scent of retro about their work, influenced by the style icons of the 1960s, like Michael Caine and Peter Sellers, but constantly pushing the boundaries in eyewear, seeking out innovative materials and details. Their new collection, Vivarium, is handmade in France using specially created Italian acrylics, unique in the world of eyewear, to give the frames an easily identifiable colour palette. They are also far lighter than most frames so they are extremely comfortable to wear, especially if you have a strong prescription that requires heavy lenses. Inspired by Victorian scientists and their fascination with nature, each frame is named after a luminary of the era. On their site a mini-biography shares tongue in cheek truths about how each frame was named.
The Specs are Decorated with Discrete Animal Pins created by Artisan Jewelers
The specs are decorated with discrete animal pins created by artisan jewelers in the North of England and you can choose from horses, flies, lions and rams in sterling silver or nine carat gold. Bored with seeing tortoise shell and black everywhere, Kirk & Kirk adopted autumnal colours with a slightly metallic edge to allow you to dress your eyes with the under-stated glamour that they deserve. This collection allows you to express your personality by wearing something just a little different from the crowd.
It can be under-stated with a rich anthracite grey or bold and confident in blue or sage green. Whichever way you go, these beautiful glasses are made to be enjoyed, not just looked through.
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