Material Matters: Acetate

Cellulose acetate is a many-splendoured thing.

This semi-synthetic material comes from a plant base (mostly tree pulp and cotton) and is perfectly suited for spectacle making in a number of ways.

It's resilient

We use the highest quality acetate available, which we put through its paces in a series of laboratory experiments to prove its strength and durability. We analysed both the deformation and the tensile strength of each of the world’s leading acetates, and are pleased to say that we only stock the victor in our workshops. 


It's colourful

Our core collection spans 11 standard acetate colours, including monocolours, 'havanas' (also known as mottles or tortoiseshells), and streaked patterns. But we also stock over 300 other shades, patterns, and transparencies, all of which are available exclusively for our made-to-measure and bespoke customers.

Each block of patterned acetate is coloured by hand, meaning no two blocks are the same and every frame we cut will have a unique mix of markings.

It's easily fixed

It is a truth universally acknowledged that no man has enough good fortune to not sit on his spectacles at least once in his life. But the beauty of acetate is that it can be repaired. Our spectacle repairs team are experts in returning acetate to its former glory, regardless of its age or the battering it has taken. 


It's customisable

Our acetate frames can be finished in either our standard gloss or a custom matte finish, created by hand for each individual frame in our King’s Cross workshop.