Introducing Cubitts St James's, our first Spectacles Atelier.
We're rather pleased to introduce Cubitts St James's, our first Spectacles Atelier.
Located at 68 Jermyn Street, between iconic British shoemakers Crockett & Jones and Trickers, we'll be rubbing shoulders with the world’s finest shoemakers, hatmakers, shirtmakers and perfumers.
Ain't she pretty?
The Cubitts Atelier will offer our ready-to-wear range but focus on bespoke spectacles and sunglasses, the unique St James's collection and water buffalo horn frames. From September, 68 Jermyn St will also offer eye testing, including a working optician area for dispensing, adjustments and repairs.
Designed with our longtime collaborator Studio DR.AW, 68 Jermyn Street takes inspiration from the street's past - using traditional materials, elegant detailing, and the skills of renowned craftsmen and women:
- The handpainted façade was made by glass gilder Alex May Hughes, using a traditional Boston gild technique.
- The facade has been removed and replaced by a traditional curved glass frontage, with hardwood joinery, and blue glazed tiles, referencing the area’s heritage as the home of gentlemen’s style.
- The consultation desks have been made by furniture maker Max Woodall, from a material palette of walnut, brass and marble.
- The walls are clad with walnut mouldings in contrasting tones, concealing an eye examination room, where our lovely optometrists provide comprehensive eye tests.
- A Cubitts library ladder is a subtle reference to the street’s academic past.
We've incorporated subtle nods to former resident, Isaac Newton, the English mathematician and all-round mastermind. The floor tiles are bold geometric shapes with a tessellating design, a nod to Newton’s ground-breaking work into geometry. Two vintage phoropters hang in the curved window, referencing his seminal work into optics (paving the way for John Dolland to create the world's first acromatic lens).
Other details include an original Thomas Cubitt SW1 lease (from 1847), a vintage Gent’s of Leicester copper clock, and Cubitts chess board, handmade from walnut, ash and brass.
Cubitts St James's is open seven days a week, from 10am - 7pm (12pm - 6pm on Sundays). Please pop by and say hello.
Store images by Ed Reeve.