For the old friends behind Finlay & Co – David Lochhead, Tom Stannard, Dane Butler and Sam Lawson Johnston – everything changed in 2012 when they had the ingenious idea of creating wooden sunglasses.
Highly polished, tactile, and built in a meticulous 16-stage process, the British brand’s eyewear was the first of its kind in the UK. In 2015 they branched out with a new line of frames in a second material: fine Italian Mazzucchelli acetate. Finlay & Co’s distinctive aesthetic has attracted plenty of famous fans, from Rihanna to David Gandy. “Our collection is full of character,” says Dane. “You can see it in the materials we use, like luxurious and lightweight ebony, or in the soft hues of our grey-to-pink Carl Zeiss lenses.”
Dane takes the lead on product design and has been inspired by his passion for motoring – the Draycott and Thurloe frames resemble the rounded wheel arches of classic cars. Other designs pay homage to stylish friends and family
The acetate glasses are handcrafted at a factory in the foothills of the Dolomite Mountains. Craftspeople fit each pair with Italian-made hinges and high-quality Carl Zeiss lenses, and emboss the all–important brand signature onto the frames.
Finally they are packed into Finlay & Co cases; each case is designed to fold flat and be easily stored in a pocket or handbag while the sunglasses are worn.
“We want our frames to always celebrate the individuality of the wearer. We've had so many customers who have told us that people have stopped them on the street to compliment their sunglasses, and we want that to continue! But it's also very important to us that our frames are wearable – in the sense that within the collection, everyone can find a style and a colour that suits their face.”