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worn and brought to life by the person who wears them,” she continues. “We are an important part of eyewear history, and we want this heritage to be available.” The store design itself nods to the past, with an earthy colour palette inspired by the brand’s original Knightsbridge boutique. As for its approach to traditional craftsmanship, little has changed there either. Wilkinson assures me it’s still very much a handmade process. “Eight weeks, 42 steps and 35 pairs of hands go into making every single pair of Cutler and Gross glasses,” she says, adding that each design is given a unique number rather than a name when it is brought to life in the factory in Cadore in northern Italy. Although the label specialises in crafting designs from sheet acetate, experimentation is never far from Wilkinson’s mind. “We can also make gold-plated glasses and have made some from surgical stainless steel as well,” she adds.

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The bi-annual collections are also somewhere Wilkinson likes to push the boundaries. “Each of our collections has a theme and one of my favourites was Surrealism. We created a Dali-esque feast, to showcase a sunglass that appeared to melt over the nose. A lobstercoloured, butterfly shaped acetate frame suspended by the finest metal skeleton is another memorable design,” she continues, as I try to picture the zany creations. Art is a constant source of inspiration, although collaborations with other creative fields have also been a key part of the brand’s development. Its designs have featured on fashion

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Marylebone & Fitzrovia magazine January 2017  

Welcome to the latest edition of Marylebone & Fitzrovia magazine, celebrating the dynamism of the area and bringing you the latest features,...

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Welcome to the latest edition of Marylebone & Fitzrovia magazine, celebrating the dynamism of the area and bringing you the latest features,...

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