Made in Portugal
5th November 2012 It is exciting to see the arrival of more small independent eyewear labels that are carrying family spectacle-making traditions forward again. Some of those we are getting to know are making their frames in workshops or spectacle ateliers where their forebears had produced and handfinished them in the past; they are not only using old techniques and old-fashioned tools for some of the work required to make a frame but also vintage components or materials that have been left in situ over time, and are now being rediscovered. Here is one from Portugal! I recently met John and Ramiro Paulino in London and they showed me the collection for 2012/13 which was launched in Lisbon this season at the elegant Optica Sacramento – www.eyestylist.com/2011/07/optica-do-sacramento-lisbon-portugal/.
The label was born out of Ramiro’s desire to continue the heritage and craft of small-production spectacle-making that his grandfather began in the late 1930s. Paulino’s frames today are made of smooth high-quality acetate, and are styled on iconic shapes with adaptations for faces today. There is an overall elegance and sensitivity in the designs and the colours used as well as an astute attention in the detail such as the use of the little vintage pins which Ramiro found in the workshop. The Portuguese family roots of the label are well referenced; the spectacle cases are made of traditional Portuguese cork and the frames are named after members of the Paulino family, past and present. For more on Paulino Spectacles on Eyestylist.com, click on the link: www.eyestylist.com/2012/08/sara/. From what we hear, you will soon be able to find the collection in Covent Garden, London… updates coming. www.paulinospectacles.com CN