A key concept in eyewear styling, aesthetic balance is crucial to the fitting of frames to the shape of the face. To borrow a comparison, a beautifully tailored suit cut from the most sumptuous cloth would be less than appealing if it did not fit to perfection. Eyewear is the same. Absolutely essential is how the spectacles sit on the bridge of the nose and how the frame interacts with the width of the nose. We must consider the height lenses sit in relation to the eyes, and the emphasis the shape of the frames lend to the contours of the face. With expert consultation, the correct choice of frame shows the world who we are and projects our personality. This is the canon of eyewear styling.
One of Britain’s last manufacturers of bespoke spectacles, Algha still operates a factory in the East End of London that first opened in 1932. From the 1950s to the 1980s, Algha’s machinists produced half a million pairs of the traditional NHS glasses a year. Famous Algha enthusiasts include John Lennon, Robin Williams, Sean Connery, Ozzie Osbourne, Queen Elizabeth II, Rihanna and Ralph Lauren, a notable lover of Panto 47 frames.
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