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Eyewear to be seen in
Op&Tom is an independent emporium of individual eyewear in the city of
Newcastle upon Tyne which is perfect for the expressive and quirky. This boutique
optometrist believes todays spectacles are less about ‘seeing’ than being ‘seen’.
The company curates its eyewear from all
around the world, attending big trade
shows like Silmo, Paris and Mido, Milan.
It’s passionate team of experts source
truly esoteric specs, for style, for
substance and for quality - rather than
glasses dominated by big brands.
Understated chic is its ethos, following
a new wave of opinion that fashion should
not be elitist with unachievable costs. It
oers a refreshing and unique pricing
model that allows all of its frames to be
under the umbrella of one clear price
depending on prescription.
Fittingly, the store is located on High
Bridge, a cobblestoned street with an
eclectic array of independent stores. This
part of Newcastle city centre has a
fantastic, community like feel, where
businesses feel lucky to call this street
Its team of three are clearly creative
and passionate about eyewear. Tim and
Louise, both optometrists, have made
Newcastle their home for over 10 years.
The artistic pair both love nothing more
than nding new eyewear gems and
experimenting with interiors.
Along with optical assistant Becks, who
has a rst-class Art Degree and an eye for
style, you’re in good hands when it comes
to choosing the perfect pair of glasses.
The store’s eccentric interior is
synonymous with the brand, with
industrial shelving made from upcycled
scaold boards sourced from the
Newcastle Wood Yard. Louise has a
passion for interiors and a love of raw
materials and this is evident throughout
the store. Most of their displays consist of
rope, wood, leather and metal piping with
an array of house plants. All furniture is
commissioned, and bespoke pieces are
created by very their very own joiner, Mal.
At Op&Tom their aim is to create a fun
and less formal approach to optometry
without compromising on high
professional standards. Customers can
walk into the shop, have fun trying on
dierent frames and enjoy the
The team dispel the awkwardness of
hidden costs by oering transparency
with no up-selling. Entry packages for
single vision with no need for hi-index
lenses start from £155 all in, including any
frame on their shelves, an eye exam by
expert optometrists Tim or Louise, and
multi-coated anti-reection lenses as
For more information please visit www.opandtom.co.uk
ISSUE 04 : SUMMER 2018