The Kirk legacy dates back to 1919 when the first frames were created in London, setting in motion a period of invention and innovation with a forward thinking modern view. The discovery of a trunk full of original frames in the Kirk archive back in the early 1990’s was the catalyst for the launch of Kirk Originals, the first sunglasses brand to look back to classic 1950s and 1960s shapes for inspiration, re-inventing them in modern materials and silhouettes.
Attaining cult status as the cool London sunglasses brand as British culture rose to prominence around the world, Kirk Originals sunglasses were worn by bands and musicians like Mick Jagger, Oasis, The Smiths, Paul Weller, The Brand New Heavies, and The Young Disciples and in Hollywood, movie stars like Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Hopkins wore Kirk Originals.
Now under the ownership of International Retail Architecture and Design Consultants, IDL, the brand continues to evolve and innovate while maintaining its individuality through modern design and use of the finest materials, returning to its position as the optical brand that re-invented vintage shapes for a modern audience combined with a strong architectural view and graphic eye. Retaining our London style with an injection of European expertise, the current Kirk Originals collection is made in Italy, and is sold in the E. Tautz store in London, Man 1924 in Spain and Dioma in Switzerland retailing at £195 – £225.
For the new season Kirk Originals are pleased to announce the launch of a brand new Made in England collection of handmade Men’s Sunglasses.
Launched back in June at London Fashion Week Men’s, for Spring Summer 18 the collection will debut with some of the most influential retailers across Europe, Scandinavia, New York and Mexico. Distinctive and considered it takes 72 hours of work to produce each individual pair of Sunglasses to a bespoke standard. The Kirk Originals “Made in England” collection will retail at £425.