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8 June 2015

w.i.w.t | nicholas king x london retro

"babs" frames c/o london retro at glasses direct

when famed glasses brand london retro got in touch to tell me about their new charity collaboration, i was intrigued to say the least. i am a big fan - naturally, of the brands super extensive range of vintage-inspired frames, and have.. oh, i don't know... about eight pairs of them already, so i was keen to learn more; magpie jewellery designer nicholas king has teamed up with the brand to produce a limited edition range of statement frames to support eye-care charity orbis. the range features king's statement embellished detailing, and looking through the range on site had me bursting for another - more "blingy" pair of specs from the brand for myself.

despite me constantly choosing other, more "safe" frames, babs has always been the style of my dreams; i've just never really had the guts to choose them. they're very... bold, and i was just never sure i could pull them off. so before diving right in and grabbing a pair of king's limited range, i thought i'd just test the waters and see what the reaction was with the gold-rimmed tortoiseshell frames of my dreams. absolute fifties perfection!

well, the reaction when i popped them on was unanimous; a resounding "yassssss!" from the bank of desks around me at work, and with my fit-and-flare outfit that day, i was serving all kinds of betty draper realness. it was awesome. now that's out of the way, i have my sights set on king's extra blingy version - anything to support charity, right? all profits from this collection will be donated to orbis in a long-standing partnership glasses direct have with the charity, to continue helping them to treating and preventing avoidable blindness - something that bloody terrifies me on a daily basis, and so anything i can do to help those in that terrible situation, is good for me.

the collection is available to buy this june at glasses direct, and i'd love to hear what you think.
is the range a bit too much, or is it just enough?