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TD Tom Davies is a British handmade eyewear brand, founded by Tom Davies in 2002. TD Tom Davies offers a bespoke service on all frames of their collections. Its headquarters is in West London.[1]

TD Tom Davies
Private Company
IndustryFashion
Founded2002
HeadquartersLondon, United Kingdom
ProductsSunglasses and Optical
Websitewww.tdtomdavies.com

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HistoryEdit

In 1996, Tom Davies moved to China after leaving university. There he began working as a designer for a start-up eyewear factory in Hong Kong, designing frames and the machinery that made them. Back in London in 2002, he created TD[2] Tom Davies and started to offer its bespoke eyewear service to opticians worldwide allowing an optician to design unique, made-to-measure frames themselves much like an eyewear-specific visit to Savile Row for a suit.[3] Tom Davies opened his own factory in china in 2008 to enable bespoke spectacle production.[4] Further, Tom Davies moved his production from China to the United Kingdom in 2017 by opening his own made in London factory located in West London. [5]

Tom Davies Bespoke Opticians StoresEdit

Besides being sold in opticians in over 23 countries worldwide, [6] Tom Davies also owns five flagship stores, all based in central London. They can be found at Sloane Square, Knightsbridge, Canary Wharf, The Royal Exchange and Covent Garden [7].

The Tom Davies Bespoke Optician stores include an eye examination clinic which is stocked solely with ZEISS optical testing machinery and is the only private practice in the UK to have all the latest diagnostic equipment available from ZEISS.[8] With the equipment of ZEISS, Tom Davies is able to conduct an eye examination which is as accurate and precise as the ones from the ophthalmology clinics. Further, it is 84% more accurate than a manual eye test.[9]

 
The Royal Exchange, TOM DAVIES BESPOKE OPTICIAN STORE

Celebrity followingEdit

Ed Sheeran and Heston Blumenthal's iconic spectacles are both bespoke pairs made by Tom Davies [10] Other celebrities who have worn TD Tom Davies glasses include: Brad Pitt, Carrie Fisher, Kristen Stewart, Angelina Jolie, Matthew Bellamy and Rowan Atkinson [11]

ProductsEdit

TD Tom Davies spectacles can be made of cotton acetate, titanium, natural horn and precious metals.[1] They retail for an average of £378[12]

In 2018, Tom Davies became the first ever eyewear brand to create sunglasses that feature rhodium coated lenses.[13]

As of 2016, Tom Davies offers a new service called Made To Order. The services enables opticians to make easier changes, order bespoke frames for their clients and offers features such as laser engraving the customers name on the temple arm.[14]

Film WorkEdit

The glasses Henry Cavill wears as Clark Kent in Batman v Superman:Dawn of Justice are made by British spectacle designer Tom Davies. Apparently the costume designer found most glasses sat too high on Henry Cavill's face because he has a high bridge. They sought out Tom Davies, who makes bespoke glasses, to design a one-off pair of spectacles for the job.[15]

Tom Davies also made the glasses for Brad Pitt's character in Allied.[16] Angelina Jolie wore a pair of limited edition Tom Davies frames in the movie The Tourist. [17]

CollaborationsEdit

Tom Davies collaborated in 2015 with fashion designer Lulu Liu for a series of signature frames.[18] In 2018, Tom Davies collaborated with fashion designer Yang Li for a runway show for Paris Fashion week.[19]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "TD Tom Davies homepage".
  2. ^ "Tom Davies | Great British Brands". Country & Town House Magazine. Retrieved 2017-03-07.
  3. ^ "Tom Davies Eyewear: Seeing the Difference". www.luxworldwide.com. Retrieved 2017-03-07.
  4. ^ "Tom Davies Bespoke - Zacks Eye Clinics London". www.zackseyes.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-03-10.
  5. ^ "Entrepreneurs: Tom Davies is the glasses designer swapping China for Brexit Britain". www.standard.co.uk/. Retrieved 2018-03-29.
  6. ^ "Tom Davies - INTERVIEW OF THE MONTH". http://www.2020europe.com. Retrieved 2018-03-29. External link in |website= (help)
  7. ^ https://www.theretailbulletin.com/news/tom_davies_to_join_lineup_at_covent_gardens_royal_opera_house_arcade_25-01-17/
  8. ^ "Spectacles of science". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 2017-03-08.
  9. ^ "Go Bespoke with Tom Davies". Wonderland Magazine. 2014-07-30. Retrieved 2017-03-10.
  10. ^ Tatler. "Tom Davies opening party", Tatler Bystander
  11. ^ The Telegraph. "Angelina Jolie wears TD Tom Davies sunglasses", fashion
  12. ^ "Find Tom Davies Glasses | Eyediology Opticians London | London Opticians". Eyediology Opticians London. Retrieved 2017-03-07.
  13. ^ "A World First for TD Tom Davies". www.aop.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-03-29.
  14. ^ "TD Tom Davies - Custom made to order eyewear". www.100percentoptical.com. Retrieved 2018-03-29.
  15. ^ imdb
  16. ^ "Max Vatan Sunglasses (Brad Pitt in Allied)". Glasses Radar. 2017-02-26. Retrieved 2017-03-07.
  17. ^ "Angelina Jolie wears TD Tom Davies sunglasses". www.fashion.telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-03-29.
  18. ^ "Backstage at Bora Aksu". www.meademagazine.com. Retrieved 2018-03-29.
  19. ^ "The New York Times Yang Li: Fall 2018". www.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2018-03-29.