An insider’s guide to men’s fashion in London
As London Collections: Men hits town showcasing the world’s best menswear, three of the capital’s nattiest dressers tell us where they shop for dapper apparel
Fri Jan 10 2014
Photo: Rob Greig
What is it?
General Eyewear is ‘an optician like no other’ offering a selection of beautiful and unusual frames and sunglasses from 1790 to 1995.
Who loves it?
Sam Membery, menswear designer at Itokawa Film.
‘General Eyewear has always had one of the most comprehensive collection of glasses to be found anywhere in London, and I’ve been going to the shop in Camden since I was 19. I finished the Menswear masters at the RCA about six months ago: when I decided to do my own collection I knew I wanted to make glasses, and General Eyewear was at the top of my list. Fraser’s pieces have a quality and craftsmanship that you can’t find anywhere else.
‘I’m mainly interested in vintage frames from the ’60s to the ’80s – the glamour and eccentricity of them: the shape. They’re decorative and ornate and very much products in their own right. They pulled out all the stops back then. In the ’90s things started to get very minimalist and the glasses followed suit.’
This well-established optical showroom provides vintage eyewear for the film industry, fashion editors and regular spec-wearers alike. It's a great place to see classic shapes and styles from decades gone by, especially the '60s, '70s and '80s featuring brands like Moschino, Christian Lacroix and Versace.
Arch 67, The Stables Market,
Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AH
- Chalk Farm tube
Tasteful weekend wear and gifts for the discerning urbanite.
High St, E1 6JE
Great value fashion from Topman’s fancier brother.
Street, E1 6LZ
Even the fabric is made-to-order at this modern man’s tailor
13 Savile Row,