27th October 2016
Happy anniversary Oliver Goldsmith
Our tribute to the icon that every fashionista needs to acknowledge
When people think of memorable names in fashion, Oliver Goldsmith may not stand out from the crowd.
But the Oliver Goldsmith story goes back 90 years and this month Blankstone Opticians are celebrating the brand’s anniversary with the launch of an updated version of the President frame.
“Via a prolific publicity machine, Goldsmith created exotic designs capturing the imagination of Vogue, who would also go on to commission special pieces.
“The frames were also featuring on every A-list cat walk around the globe.
In the swinging sixties, Oliver Goldsmith began schmoozing with royalty with Goldsmith’s first spectacle frame design named Rip after a chance encounter at the firm’s premises with Lord Snowdon.
“Through out the rest of the 1960s, Peter Sellers, Audrey Hepburn, Nancy Sinatra, Peter Lawford, Michael Caine, Diana Dors and John Lennon all became customers with Princess Grace of Monaco probably the biggest fan with 45 pairs of glasses.
“Possibly the most famous wearer of Oliver Goldsmith sunglasses was the Princess of Wales.
“To celebrate the firm’s 90th anniversary, Goldsmith has created what he refers to as a really special limited edition frame, leading to an updated version of the President being produced. I bought a pair straight away. I would love to get hold of more than our current existing stock of just six but they are very limited.”