The Jenkin family are highly significant players in the history of British spectacle manufacture, with key man Lawrence Jenkin, now in his seventies, still working out of a small studio in the Algha Works in Hackney Wick. Lawrence’s father had started out as a binoculars salesman in the nineteen twenties. By 1946, he was successful enough to buy out the failing Anglo-American Optical Company and turn it around. In 1968, Lawrence, along with his brothers Tony and Malcolm, took over and renamed the business Anglo American Optical. Lawrence started designing his own spectacles and in the nineteen-eighties had a massive hit with the ‘Chelsea’, the outsized and colourful frames popularised by celebrities like Christopher Biggins and Su Pollard and still much-loved by older ladies today. I have known Lawrence for thirty years and he taught me how to do many things, especially how to work with real tortoiseshell. Nowadays, Lawrence Jenkin is one of the only British optical designers left, one of the only people who can make a bespoke pair of spectacles from scratch. Sad as it may seem, we could see the end of Anglo American Optical as the end of the British optical industry.