Tom Ford sunglasses as worn by James Bond in Spectre available in store

October 2015 – Tom Ford sunglasses as worn by James Bond in Spectre available in store

If you are anything like us here at Peter Ivins Eye Care you have probably been counting down the days until the latest James Bond instalment Spectre hits cinemas this month.  For those of you haven’t yet seen Spectre, you can get your eyes involved in a different way with the sleek sunglasses he wears in the movie.

Famously Daniel Craig’s Bond has been outfitted since Casino Royale by Tom Ford (taking over from Brioni who cut his wardrobe during the Brosnan era) – so if that didn’t give you your first clue as to which brand these shades are from, those trademark silver Ts over the temples should definitely solve it for you.

After a little investigation, we can confirm that he’s wearing the “shiny black” iteration of Tom Ford’s Snowden soft square sunglasses – the American designer’s reworking and interpretation of the classic Wayfarer shape. Crafted from black acetate with greyscale lenses, these are the kind of timeless shades that keep a suit looking slick whether you’re on the commute or, say, taking down an international terror organisation holding the world to ransom.  Visit the practice to try on the sunglasses of Mr Bond himself.

The 2015 Tom Ford Autumn collection is now available in store.  We have a fantastic collection of male and female spectacles frames and sunglasses from which to choose, including the sunglasses of Mr James Bond!

Visit the practice to view the collection now.

Tom Ford was born in Austin, Texas, but spent most of his childhood in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  During his teens, Ford moved to New Yprk and enrolled at New York Univesity, initially attending courses in art history.  He later redirected his studies to concentrate on archiectture at Parsons School of Design in New York and Paris, concluding his training at Parsons in New York.

In 1990, Tom Ford moved to Milan to join Gucci as the companys womenswear designer.  In 1992, he became design director of Gucci.  He was responsible for the deisgn of all products lines from clothing to perfumes, and for the groups corporate image, advertising campaigns and store design.

In January 2000, following the acquisition of Yves Saint Laurent and YSL Beaute by the Gucci Group, Tom Ford assumed the position of creative director of Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche and YSL Beatue in addition to his then existing duties at Gucci.  Ford worked with all creative teams at YSL to define the overall image and positioning of the YSL brand including all produc categories and communication activbities.  Ford also served as creative director of Gucci Group.  In July 2002 he was made vice chairman of the management board of Gucci Group.  In April 2004 Ford resigned from his post at Gucci Groupfollowing a buyout by Pinault Printemps Redoute.

During Ford’s 10 years as creative director at Gucci and Gucci Group, sales increased from 230 million dollars in 1994 to almost 3 billion doallers in 2003, making Gucci one of the largest and most profitbale brands in the world.

In April 2005, Ford announced the creation of The Tom Ford Brand.  Ford was joined in this venture by former Gucci group president and chief executive officier Domenico de Sole, who serves as chairman of the company.  In that same year, Ford announced his partnership with Marcolin group to produce and distribute optical frames and sunglasses, as well as an alliance with Estee Lauder to create the Tom Ford beauty brand.  Both the eyewear and beauty collections have been hugely successful and rank in the top 3 brands at specialty stores worldwide.

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