Optician Jan Neville talks to Kate McAuley about his training, bespoke retro sunglasses, and his passion for his work.
I am a dispensing optician, which means that I help select frames, choose lenses, fit spectacles and basically consult on everything regarding the sale and supply of spectacles and sunglasses, whether to a prescription or not. I have been doing this job for 25 years, originally working in Peterborough city centre, where I learnt my craft in designer products.
And now you have your own business?
In 2005 I opened my own practice in Whittlesey, and it has grown and grown, offering everything from standard to designer frames. We like to appeal to everyone – regardless of his or her budget. And we offer a huge added bonus of great customer service, which helps the business grow. Many patients who have known me for years will travel out of their way for the service and expertise I offer. We pride ourselves on our truly personal service which is second to none.
Where do you source your frames?
We have all the big designers, such as Gucci, Versace, Valentino, Max Mara, Rayban, Prada, Flexon, William Morris, and Silhouette. We also have exclusive contracts for bespoke frames from Jono Hennessy, whose products are retro and preppy, mainly in plastic black or tortoiseshell, very 1950s, JFK-inspired chic. IC Berlin’s sheet stainless metal frames are also a popular choice because of their minimal look and unique screwless hinge mechanism, and Martin & Martin is another retro range we offer made to measure.
What are your top sellers?
Versace for their classic styles and tastefully arrange diamantes, Raybans for their vintage designs and Oakley because of their innovative range featuring straight sides for supreme comfort based on the ‘cranial grip’ fitting – it’s a brand known for sport.
What makes your practice stand out from the crowd?
My work is my passion, which has lead me to owning my own practice. Unlike many of the larger establishments, we know our product well, we give detailed advice, and we pride ourselves on the ranges we stock and our ability to help everyone in their choice of frames and lenses. All our staff are qualified, and we offer thorough eye testing and contact lens fitting – it’s professional service supplied by professional people, but we’ve also managed to maintain an intimate family feel that keeps our customers coming back for more.
Feel free to come and visit us at:
18 Broad Street, Whittlesey, Peterborough, PE7 1HA
or give us a call on: 01733 208578