The greatest magnifying glasses in the world are a man's own eyes when they look upon his own person. -Alexander Pope

Great news for the number of you who liked (and may have bought) the Cutler and Gross optical eyewear we presented the other day. Ta-da: their sunglasses weren't far behind! Scroll down to check them out + a new pair of classic horned rim combination frames with a smaller, squared-off shape perfect for both sexes.

Cutler & Gross - 0772 Sunglasses
in (top to bottom) dark turtle, black, gradient amber grey, and gradient black
DETAILS: Dark lens acetate resin frames with all metal stop hinges with emerald shaped exterior embellishments at the temples and front outside corners and wire reinforced temples. Handmade in Italy.
MEASUREMENTS: Temple Length approximately 141mm. Eye Size approximately 47mm.


Cutler & Gross - 0876 Frames
in black
DETAILS: Slightly squared horned rim combination frames with black acetate resin brow and temples and aluminum bridge and eyewire, sturdy all metal stop hinges and screws, and hand-soldered pad arms. Handmade in Italy.
MEASUREMENTS: Temple Length approximately 142mm. Eye Size approximately 50mm.


The line also has an absolutely lovely website. Feel free to browse their full collection and send us your special order requests to us via email at info@blackbirdballard.com. Here's a little more info on Cutler & Gross from their site's informative About Us page:

Over the last 40 years Graham Cutler and Tony Gross have spear-headed the revolution that turned eyewear from medical necessity into key fashion accessory. From their London base in Knightsbridge, Cutler and Gross began building its eyewear empire.

The Cutler and Gross brand has become a by-word for originality and flair. Its client base transcends all ages, industries and backgrounds, drawing from the worlds of music, the arts, finance, fashion, journalism and design.
Clients are not defined by their profession, but by an identification with the style and quality of the product.

The Cutler and Gross frame designs and colors have a unique capacity to invoke the imagination.

"They don't have a logo, aren't ostentatious and are utterly Glam." - The Independent Newspaper

Cutler and Gross celebrates the individual rather than the label, a philosophy which has enabled them to be both internationally chic and discerningly underground.