Behind the Scenes at NIKON

Here at Eyesite we love diversity. We love everyone's different style, fashion insight and interpretations of what's on trend. Our Eyewear Stylist Emma went on an exclusive tour around the Nikon factory:

#mynikonworld – My day at Nikon

This week I have been very fortunate to have been offered the chance to go to the UK’s only Nikon Lab! I was asked to write a blog and my initial feeling were “oh my god”. I had a thousand ideas and concerns running through my head, but at the end of the day I am me, and I work for Eyesite and I want to share my amazing day with Nikon. So here goes...

Nikons UK Head office and lab is based in Milton Keynes and I went with Val who works at our Beverley branch.

Nikons UK Head office and lab is based in Milton Keynes and I went with Val who works at our Beverley branch.

I learnt about the history of Nikon and how “light is the essence of the company”. It inspires everything in creation, whether it be with lenses, medical equipment (Optos), cameras or even binoculars. Nikon have achieved so much since opening in 1917 and their magnitude in the optical world continues to grow!

Fun fact: Nikon only supply and support their lenses to Independent Opticians around the world! Never to Multiples.

This means you can’t get this quality of lens on the high street. So, we are one of the lucky few to be able to get these amazing lenses.

From Japan with love

After learning some History of Nikon, we moved down to the lab to learn about how lenses are made and how they end up in your glasses! I don’t want to bore you with machine details, however you all should know that each team member of both Nikon and Eyesite work to their best with every lens and frame making sure our customers are happy with their purchase. I was over whelmed with how big the lab was and how many people play in part in the lens production.

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Even though the lenses are designed in Japan, we’re proud to tell you they’re manufactured in the UK! Pretty fantastic since not very much is manufactured in the UK anymore. Nikon have Geisha Dolls placed in their head office to show appreciation of their Japanese heritage.

One of Nikon’s tint rooms

One of Nikon’s tint rooms

Nikon can basically tint your glasses and sunglasses to whatever you want, varying from Ice Blue to Cherry Pink! New jacket? No problem, your lenses can match.

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Whether you know about dispensing or not, each dispense requires measurements no matter what you need. Nikon can provide lenses for every prescription.

This year is Nikons 100th Anniversary and we are very happy to be a part of their world as an independent. I hope you all enjoy my first blog and keep checking back for more of my Eyesite journey.

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At the end of the day, Sight is the most important way we perceive our world

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Sophie's Choice: Dior

Here at Eyesite we love diversity. We love everyone's different style, fashion insight and interpretations of what's on trend. Our Senior Eyewear Stylist Sophie had to share her love of this season's Dior with you all:

The Rise & Rise of Dior.


Since Rihanna made the ‘So Real’ the eyewear piece to be seen in, Dior has been our go to brand. Now available in over 32 different colour combinations and variations we’ve seen it go from strength to strength. Those floating lenses, that distinctive shape, the metal/acetate mix, those colours! It is a must have staple piece for any sunglasses enthusiast- undoubtedly a true icon in the fashion world.

Dior So Real - Rihanna

Dior So Real - Rihanna

However, my personal favourite, is one of the original colours. The navy and rose with a flash of pink. (pictured below) But I’m a sucker for anything rose gold! I just can’t help it, I’m like a magpie. Is it rose? Is it shiny? Is it mirrored? Then sign me up!

Dior So Real

Dior So Real


Dior then brought out the ‘Pop’. It was a new take on the original “So Real”, unmistakebly the piece of the summer, full metal front, no detailing on the lenses apart from the new iconic pale hue, blue, purple, pink or yellow. Choose your weapon, or take them all!

Dior So Real Pop

Dior So Real Pop


Which leads me nicely to my must have buy this season. I just have to have it. The Stellaire. Like most of my collection (or you could say obsession) it ticks all the boxes rose, shiny AND mirrored but with a super flat over sized lens that’s made of fine ultra thin lightweight metal. Its super cool! They even do an optical version, and yes, it is rose. I’ll take two!

Dior Stellaire

Dior Stellaire

Dior Stellaire

Dior Stellaire

My key trend of the season: Over sized lightweight metals


Sophie x

The Skis the Limit

When you think of Eyesite you think of luxury sunglasses, glasses and phenomenal eye care, am I right? Well, I bet you didn’t know that we offer a selection of ski masks too! Brought to you just in time for the ski/snowboarding season, we have a selection of four Oakley Ski Masks for you to choose from. Oakley are renowned for making sports specific lenses to dramatically enhance contrast and visibility, which is great for when you’re in both sunny and cloudy conditions. This special technology also prevents the need to change lenses as often, giving you more time out on the slopes:


Fire iridium is the most advanced first-generation sports lens.

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Eyesite - Oakley O FRAME 2.OXM SNOW.jpg


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  • Dual-Vented Lenses with F2 Anti-fog coating to keep your vision crystal clear.
  •  Discreet frame notches at the masks temple to increase compatibility with prescription eyewear.
  • Triple-layer face foam fleece to wick away sweat.
  • Impact Resistant Lexan Sheet.
  • Oakley’s Flexible O Matter™ frame conforms to your face for optimised comfort and fit.



Prizm™ lenses provide unparalleled control of light transmission resulting in precisely tuned colours to maximise contrast and enhance visibility.

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  • Optically correct rimless lens design with F3 Anti-fog coating.
  • Discreet frame notches at the masks temple to increase compatibility with prescription eyewear.
  • Lens sub-frame attachment for fast and easy lens changing.
  • Injection Moulded Polycarbonate under extreme pressure to create a precise contour of optically correct geometry.
  • Rigid lens carrier with Oakley’s flexible O Matter™ faceplate.
  • Fits most helmets.


If you fancy hitting the slopes with any of these impressive Oakley Ski Masks pop in to any of our stores to try them on!

Click here to find your nearest Eyesite Opticians.

Enjoy the slopes!

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Eyesite Insight

The days are getting colder, the sun ever lower. Never fear, Eyesite are here! We’re here to do what we do best, provide you with amazing luxury eyewear you want to show off whatever the weather.

We’ve got some even more exciting news:


We know you’ll want to grab your coat post-haste and see it for yourself but before you go, here are the things you need to know:

• You can get up to 50% off selected designer sunglasses!
• We have offers on prescription sunglasses too.
• There are offers available across all 3 of our Eyesite stores. If you don’t know where we live
then we can help you there.
• We’re not limited! We have a huge selection for both male and female eyewear enthusiasts!
• Just SOME of the brands included:


The list goes on but you’re probably wanting to get out there.

Whether you’ve already got a look in mind or whether you’re needing inspiration, our eyewear
stylists are here to help you build the eyewear wardrobe you have always dreamed of.

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Pastel Perfect

We suggest going nude this season.  For real. While there will always be pride of place for a bold staple in the collection, try lightening the mood! Good use of pastels, nudes and clear acetates with your specs, can offer great contrast and pair well with late Indian summer whites, beiges and neutral outfits. Whats more, we've seen this style worked to perfection with both the fairer AND darker skin tones this season - Tom Ford SS'17 case in point. Meaning it's an all-inclusive fashion trend we suggest YOU consider trying out! Here are 5 of the best! Pictured (In order): Victoria Beckham, Céline, Cutler and Gross, Chloe, and Tom Ford (Click image to view)

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The precious CHOPARD SPECIAL EDITION. (brilliant sunshine on La Croisette!!)

Exciting times for the luxury Swiss powerhouse, as Chopard collaborate with Rihanna to launch their first jewellery collection, whilst giving us plenty to drool over with 2 limited edition masterpieces.... 

23kt Gold Special Edition Chopard

23kt Gold Special Edition Chopard

The “Precious” Special Edition has been designed as a tribute to the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival, an official Chopard partner for twenty years. The jewellery-glasses designed by De Rigo and Chopard flawlessly embody the incomparable atmosphere of the Festival: a blend of sophistication, glamour and seduction. The metal rims have been superimposed over thick lenses to create an original “clip-on” effect. Luminous and sophisticated, the rims in 23-carat gold plated metal are enhanced by clear crystals for the rose gold version and brown for its red counterpart, all applied by hand on the extension of the lenses. The round and feminine shape creates the appearance of a sparkling cloud, reminiscent of the dazzling splendour of “Precious Chopard” jewellery.

Mille Miglia Special Edition 90th Anniversary folding aviator.

Mille Miglia Special Edition 90th Anniversary folding aviator.

We have a stunning piece from the Chopard collection to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the world’s most famous vintage car race, the Mille Miglia.

Chopard has been the official timekeeper and sponsor of the race since 1988, sharing a passion for performance with the Mille Miglia brand. The capsule collection offers luxury frames with sporty but elegant design traits, marked by a Red Arrow, the race’s logo. The lenses are polarised, to provide perfect vision and optical resolution in all driving conditions. Standout model is the folding aviator (picture). The aviator-shape model features soft touch rubberised temples with tyre tread engraving plus front and temple joints so it can fold compactly.

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Dita's Grand Master 6 - Limited edition, gangster chic.

We're delighted to be a part of eyewear history, as only a thousand of these were produced and distributed WORLDWIDE...


The Dita Grandmaster is the go to for a high impact, tough punching, no nonsense kind of luxury style. The Grandmaster 1 - 6 is arguably the most iconic series within Ditas star studded lines (alongside the Mach and Statesmen). It's everything we love about Dita, plus a little bit more, with the striking gold plated temples, beefy frame and unmistakable styling. They say once you try on a Dita frame, it's hard to go back; such is the comfort of the wear and quality of the build. And with the Grandmaster 6 you have this in abundance.

Paying homage to New Yorks golden era of Hip Hop, expect to see a fair share of famous faces getting their regular Dita fix, as the brand continues to steamroll ahead as the 'go to' brand for the A list and eyewear connoisseurs. 

All that's left is to pick your favourite.  - Blacked out, Black/Gold or Gold on Gold!!! Then get ready for our next drop for Summer 17 :)

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Spreading the Sparkle - Jimmy Choo SS'17

When we heard Jimmy Choo were experimenting with (what was described as) 'glitter' a few seasons back, there were more raised eyebrows than champagne flutes. But never has the very famous phrase "don't judge the specs by its marketing pack" been more apt, (especially if the pack is covered in Jimmy Choo glitter)!!

Fast forward a couple of seasons to SS'17, Jimmy Choo have perfected what is categorically NOT the glitter we had feared, but instead the most delightful crystal powdered fabric,  that compliments a strong mix of vibrant colours in both classic and more directional shapes. In fact such is the impact of their latest innovative designs, JC have created a new wave of fans who may not have entered into sparkly territory before now, but now find themselves spoilt for choice with a type of hip sparkle they can finally relate to. Genius. Understated, modern and fashion forward glitter. Bet you didn't think we could put those 5 words in the same sentence.

Showcasing more finesse with their use of sparkle - including glittered plex glass, swarovski 3D embelllishments and yet new colours of their crystal fabric; JC now seem to to be casually jogging across the tightrope that is jewellery eyewear. Having created this Summers coolest, most accessible and fashion forward jewellery collection, we can't wait to spread the sparkle this season!!

Tom Ford Spring / Summer 2017

Luxury is the order of the day as Tom Ford reveals his Spring / Summer 2017 campaign. Tom reminds us once more of his seemingly limitless talents to return behind the lens, to himself photograph the stunning Grace Hartzel, Amilna Estevão, Valentine Rontez and Federico Novello. Expect bold, expect opulence and expect plenty more reasons to shop Tom Ford optical and Sun at Eyesite this summer.

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Lottie Moss stars for Chanel Spring / Summer '17

We're in love with Chanel's Spring / Summer offering! 18kt gold and rose gold delights, with soft pastel shades apparent throughout both the optical and sun collection!

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We were excited to cover this collection very early across our social media following a behind closed doors preview. Lottie seemingly approved with a customary instagram like :) 

Shop the entire Chanel optical and sun collection in store at Eyesite. One not to be missed!