As we cruise into August, you might have noticed that Hodd Barnes and Dickins are on a mission to elongate your summer of style. We’ve already had a jam-packed few months, introducing the Holborn streets to boutique Austrian designer Andy Wolf and announcing our launch of Tom Ford’s exclusive Private Collection. But now it’s time for something completely different, and we’re proud to introduce you to our designer of the month – Anne et Valentin UK.
Founded at a time when spectacles were for sight not style, the eponymous designers – Anne and Valentin – were eyewear pioneers, literally changing the face of the eyewear landscape from their small optical store in Toulouse, France. Here at Hodd Barnes and Dickins, we take great care hand selecting each pair of frames from top designers around the globe, and we love that Anne et Valentin UK share our core ethos of individuality and world-class quality.
This is a boutique brand born from a passion for unique eyewear crafted for individuals.
Anne et Valentin’s journey began in 1980, when the young couple decided to setup an optical store with a difference. Far from a one-frame-fits-all approach, they focused instead on stocking a boutique range of frames to cater for the individual personalities and lifestyles of each customer. But Anne and Valentin soon grew disillusioned at the sparse styles available at the time and Anne began sketching some of her own designs. She had them prototyped in a small local workshop, and in 1984 they launched their first collection of coloured acetates. Debuting in their own shop and a few early adopter opticians, Anne et Valentin was born and the rest is history.
Now, 30 years on, iconic Anne et Valentin glasses London are sold in the finest boutiques all over the world and are the talk of the international fashion elite, including the fashion superstar Lady Gaga! Famous for their original design, bold use of colour and unparalleled quality, Anne et Valentin creations are all about style, statement and personality. And although simplicity remains at the core of each design, their creations are constantly putting a twist on classic styles, adding elaborate finishing touches, interesting colours and quirky patterns to existing spectacles.
But what really impressed us at Hodd Barnes and Dickins was that Anne et Valentin UK likewise pride themselves on using only the very best quality materials, sourcing high-grade titanium and plastic to handcraft each genuinely unique pair of frames.
Here are a few of our team’s favourites:
We’re particularly in love with these Anne et Valentin designer sunglasses London – seems like the perfect pair to take on the impending heat wave!
As the hottest time of the British year, August is the ideal time to embrace a hot new look on London’s streets. A classic yet quirky pair of Anne et Valentin glasses London will guarantee you an instant style upgrade. Make sure to visit us in Holborn to be one of the first to try on the latest collection, or call us today to find out more.