who is oliver goldsmith?
think 20th century icons. grace kelly. peter sellers. michael caine in his signature black spectacles.
audrey hepburn in the big white glasses that framed her elfin face. iconic style makers – givenchy,
dior and vidal sassoon. think cult films of the fifties & sixties, the ipcress file, harry palmer,
charade and two for the road. they’ve all got one thing in common. oliver goldsmith.
in the second half of last century, when it came to eyewear, og was synonymous with stars and style.
a family affair
oliver goldsmith has been a family-run business for over 80 years.
founded in 1926 by p. oliver goldsmith, the world of spectacles was about to be revolutionised.
sunglasses gained high profile status during the mid-fifties and a selection of unusual designs
started to appear. og’s were becoming not only a means of protecting eyes from the sun,
but also a fashion statement. dress designers approached goldsmith to create frames that would
compliment their seasonal collections.
originators of fashion eyewear
first to see sunglasses as fashion accessories, first to make sunspecs, first to make ‘winter sunglasses’…..
first to work alongside fashion houses to create one-off pieces for the catwalks, first to appear in
vogue and queen, and first to be endorsed by celebrities and royals.
og pioneered a whole new concept. “eyewear”