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marie wilkinson

INTERVIEW

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candy Cutler and Gross design director Marie Wilkinson tells Melissa Emerson about the brand’s new vintage eyewear store in Marylebone and rounds up her favourite frames from the past

E model image courtesy of roksanda ilincic

stablished in Knightsbridge in 1969, British luxury eyewear brand Cutler and Gross has dressed the eyes of musicians, actresses and celebrities, starred on magazine covers and – thanks to its creative collaborations – has done more than any other label to put opticals in the spotlight. The woman responsible for its often bright and bold designs is Marie Wilkinson, who leads the creative team as design director and has

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been part of the company for more than 30 years, ever since she joined as a trainee under founders Graham Cutler and Tony Gross. “In my first week at Cutler and Gross, I chose glasses with Ava Gardner and Grace Jones – who were both utterly delightful – and I knew then I had joined a pretty special company,” she begins. Fast-forward to today, and Wilkinson’s latest achievement is Cutler and Gross’s new vintage store on Church Street, which opened in November. With the Marylebone street already home to the likes of Alfies Antique Market and Church Street Antiques, Wilkinson felt it was the perfect fit for the brand. “This district is about vintage fashion and fine decorative art so it seemed the perfect place for us to meet clients both old and new who are curious about fashion, detail and provenance,” she says. Designs on display at the boutique will range from the brand’s founding year 1969 to the mid-2000s, and although the shop is “a celebration of unique pieces, stored like fine wines”, it’s far from a museum. “We hope a visit will end your search for the perfect pair of glasses. Sunglasses are collectors’ items but I think they should be

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