Gary Oldman, Samuel L Jackson and Anthony Hopkins are all aficionados, while Mick Jagger, Oasis and Paul Weller have injected some rock ‘n’ roll mojo into the growing cultural clout of a London heritage eyewear brand whose legacy dates back to 1919. “We’re informed by classic style, but not dictated by it,” says managing director Gordon Ritchie. “We find that subtle colour themes add a unique edge to our collections. Using pale blue as a repeating accent, for example, is distinctive and fits with our focus on making sunglasses for the city.”
When it comes to sunglasses that suit denizens of the Lion City, Ritchie is very specific. “We’re currently finding that Kirk Originals Harvey work best for the Singapore customer. These have a distinctive sweep to the brow that adds shape and character, while the inspiration harks back to classic Cary Grant style. Mason and Reed from our Made in England collection – which add substance with their distinctive shapes – also appeal to the Asian market.” kirkoriginals.com
“We’re informed by classic style,
but not dictated by it,” says Kirk Originals’ Gordon Ritchie.
Handcrafted in Britain, glasses from Kirk Originals (left and on facing page) and TD Tom Davies(above).