About Ilkeston Factory Specs
Back in 1991, our founder had an idea.
He worked as a technician in an optical laboratory in Birmingham.
What if he could make a better life for himself and maybe earn a little more than his factory wages, by
making specs for opticians ?
Using the skills he had learned, and a small loan later,
In 1991 he took the first steps towards making his idea a reality.
A premise was rented in Dudley west midlands
and from there optical prescription lenses to British and European standards were made, and supplied to opticians practices in the high street.
Very soon, a shop was opened, which sold prescription glasses made to a new prescription direct to the customer.
He could make lenses on the premises, so quickly built a loyal customer base selling glasses direct to the public from the shop, at discounted prices.
All the customers had to do was take an eye test there from the optician. The law allowed (as it does today) for this to happen as it ruled that the prescription after an eye test belonged to the customer not the testing optician, and could be used at the opticians or suppliers of the customers choice. Optical NHS vouchers are also available (if you are entitled to claim help towards glasses) if asked for after an eye. A paper copy of the voucher strictly printed front and back on A4 size paper signed by the optician must be given to you to spend where you choose. This should be the standard new format to be valid.
Many very successful years later In 2003, we opened a second shop in Ilkeston with a large selection of budget friendly spectacle frames, and all types of lenses being available
Again a large loyal following of happy customers has been built based on sensible prices, service and a huge and varied choice of spectacle frames.
In 2007 we purchased the premises from landlords to ensure long term trading in Ilkeston.
The shop has been upgraded and adjoining properties bought and the Laboratory extended. Remaining upper floor properties are rented out to tenants, giving a very cost effective base for the factory.
In 2015 we entered additional new markets, and obtained partnerships with the top Italian designer brand owners and manufacturers. We created a large Boutique style showroom for the public to come to for Designer consultations and receive our other services.
We have accounts as authorised stockists with Luxottica,Safilo,De Rigo,Marchon,Marcolin,Rodenstock and Carl Zeiss.
We now stock many prestige brands of eyewear sold by consultation. We are one of the largest holders of basic budget friendly to Prestige Niche and Designer glasses frames in the midlands area at affordable prices.
Brands such as Ray-Ban, Nike, Swarovski, Porsche Design, Tom Ford, Ralph Lauren Polo, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Lacoste, Hugo Boss, Longchamp, William Morris, Stepper rimless, Oakley, Tiffany, Guess, Flexon, Nike and Police glasses are available by consultation within our Boutique.
We also stock authorised William Morris Black Label eyewear as well as Ferucci titanium light weight glasses, Colt, Rip Curl, Joia and visage eyewear.
In 2020, we were still writing the story
We decided to offer Online services on our website as well as in store.
We set up a system so customers could book instore private consultations online with us on our automated booking system for our Designer Eyewear.
We recently commenced in several online website stores and manufacture from Ilkeston prescription glasses for our online businesses as well as our Optician clients and our Boutique high street bricks and mortar store.
So, all bases covered,
our laboratory can offer a 1 hr service on single vision glasses*
and free car parking at the rear.
You can book privately or call into store where (if not already in consultation) we can help you immediately.
You'll need to book first for designer glasses as these are sold by consultation only.
New frames with your lenses fitted while you wait instore or online.
Reglaze your own frames with new lenses instore or online.
Over 2500 frame styles instore, you will not be disappointed
Just bring in a current prescription, we don't test eyes but we know how to make great glasses.
Book a style consultation online with us for top branded designer eyewear (all fees are redeemed).