On Thursday, I was fortunate enough to have been invited to an event held by Gray & Bull Opticians. When I received the invite to the event, I was very excited as I had always admired the Tiffany glasses in the window when passing.
Gray and Bull Opticians is based on Pelham Street in Nottingham and is at the entrance to the fashionable quarter of the town.
I had never been inside before and was pleasantly surprised by the interior. We were greeted by the staff members of the practice and heard some history about the place. Gray & Bull was originally established in 1806 and was situated further up the road, they moved to the current address in 1939 and have remained there ever since. This makes them the oldest independent opticians in Nottingham. They spoke about the practice and how they strive for the most personal and thorough service involving tailor-making each pair of glasses to include even the most minute detail.
We had the opportunity to have a talk to the Barton Perreira representative who was very lovely and even gave us the chance to try on some of the new range before they were stocked! We spoke about the extensive and laborious process of making the glasses, and about the different types of acetate (plastic). Barton Perreira makes all of their frames in Japan using a Japanese Acetate called Zyl, this is slow cured to increase the strength of the material. Even as someone novice in this area, I could tell the difference between the two and feel the quality of the Zyl.
As well as stocking Barton Perreria, Gray and Bulls stock a massive range of niche and specialist eyewear including all of the favourites: Tom Ford, Moscot, Face a Face, Ray Bans, and Oliver Peoples are some of the more commonly known. As an independent optician, they have the ability to fine pick their stock to their target audiences.
They have a wide variety of lenses and coatings which are all chosen in a consultation with the optometrist, from standard lenses to the highest quality of Nikon lenses, there is something for everyone.
I tried on lots of pairs of glasses and in the end, these are my two favourite pairs!
The final experience was to try out virtual reality of difference lenses, this isn’t something I have come across before but it showed me that there was a massive difference between standard and specialist lenses.
Thank you to Gray and Bulls Opticians for having me at the event, I’m definitely going to be cashing in the free eye test voucher and I am excited to hear the suggestions towards my current eye care. It was lovely meeting you all and especially thank you to Amy for setting up this event.
I would also like to say a MASSIVE thank you to all the companies that helped out with the event: Ugly Bread Bakery, Six Barrels, Alcon, Nkd, 200 degrees, Zeiss, Cheese Shop Nottingham, Thea Pharmaceutical, Hoya, Nikon, and all their contributions towards the very generous goody bags!
Two final pictures of me feeling like a movie star in lovely but expensive sunglasses!