Kite is a bit different from most opticians, for a start, when you walk in it doesn’t feel like an opticians; there’s a distinctly Scandinavian industrial vibe to the interiors, with lots of wood, cement and primary colours. It’s more boutique than NHS. There’s a central island where you can sit and play on their tablets, or you can walk around with your cup of coffee/tea (complimentary, of course) and try on all sorts of super trendy frames.
When it’s time for your appointment, they’ll whisk you into the back rooms to blow air in your eyes, take photos of your retina and optic nerve, before double checking your prescription with a classic eye chart; thorough to say the least. They’ll also give you a printout of all your details, which didn’t mean much to me until everything was thoroughly explained. I’m a bit of a geek sometimes and find that sort of thing quite interesting.
All the glasses I tried on were quite retro trendy, like the Broadwick, a vintage style that wouldn’t look out of place on James Dean. After a lot of umming and ahhing I decided to go with the Rocco, a pair Terry Richardson would be proud of. The frames are super light and lenses very thin – they’re made by Carl Zeiss (if you’re a photographer you’ll appreciate this). All their glasses are designed in England, the frames are made in Italy and the lenses in Germany, making use of the best of each in Europe.
The team are very helpful and really friendly. If you aren’t sure about the arms on the pair of glasses you’re holding, no problem they’ll switch them over for a different colour so you can see and try on exactly what you plan to buy.
I hope you like my latest new find. I’m always keen to hear about your new finds too, so please let me know what stores or brands you’ve just discovered in the comments below or leave me a link.