ORIGINATORS OF FASHION EYEWEAR
Oliver Goldsmith Sunglasses (est.1926) has one of the most influential design histories of any eyewear company still in production, with iconic glasses wearing advocates ranging from Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly to John Lennon and Michael Caine.
In 1919 Philip Oliver Goldsmith was a commercial salesman for a well known London optical firm, Raphael’s Ltd.
His thoughts about the glasses he sold were that they were very much a medical device with little thought or consideration for aesthetic attractiveness.
- 1960Moving out of the restraints of the 1950’s, fashion, music and celebrity took on a new wave of extravagance and freedom. Music and movie megastars such as The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Audrey Hepburn, and Michael Caine actively endorsed the Oliver Goldsmith brand taking the brand and their designs to heady new heights.
- 1968By the late 60’s, Oliver Goldsmith had pioneered a whole new concept, eyewear. From bamboo frames to butterflies, tennis rackets to TV Screens, their ingenuity and flare for creating the weird and wonderful cemented the brand as one of the most popular eyewear brands in the world.
- 2005Great-granddaughter, and fourth generation Goldsmith, Claire Goldsmith takes over the reins of the business. She delves into the company archives, bringing back some of the most popular designs such as the Koko, Lord and Oops, retaining the integrity and craftmanship of her heritage.