From Blade to Boz
The Blade Side
Sleek, straight, and starkly different from the usual spectacle temples, our debut blade side is quite the statement.
Unlike the traditional bend-at-the-ear styles, the blade side uses its width to grip onto the side of the head. Like a good pair of leather shoes, the fit may feel a little tight at first but once you’ve worn Cruikshank in it’ll fit like a glove.
Cruikshank is named after the diminutive Cruikshank Street, which sits halfway between King’s Cross and the bright lights of Angel. Cruikshank Street is, in turn, named after George Cruikshank, a 19th century caricaturist famous for illustrating Dickens’ Sketches by Boz and Oliver Twist, as well as the first English translation of Grimms’ Fairy Tales.
From Lenin to Bevin
The street is as interesting as its namesake. It’s home to the Grade II listed Bevin Court, Berthold Lubetkin’s modernist housing project, which was originally meant to be named Lenin Court. The building had even held a memorial to Lenin, but due to its wild unpopularity and frequent vandalism, the memorial ended up being buried under the building’s central stairwell.
Following the end of World War II, and an ensuing loss of enthusiasm for Anglo-Russian relations, Finsbury Council decided to rename the building Bevin Court in honour of Britain’s first, staunchly anti-communist foreign secretary Ernest Bevin.
Quite the history, for quite the frame.
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