At the beginning of January this year we celebrated our fourth birthday. It seems a world away from now when Alison was sat in the solicitor’s office at 5.00pm on New Year’s Eve waiting to sign the documents, committing Rob and herself to a new and exciting adventure in Market Harborough. It was stressful to say the least, not really knowing what was to come and how we were going to deal with taking on a new business. Read more

Vinylize eyewear

You may have noticed that the eyewear game is making a conscious shift towards sustainability, with the market for eco friendly glasses growing considerably over the last few years. We’re seeing more and more glasses frames being made from a variety of materials including wood, bamboo, recycled plastics and even coffee grounds and recycled fishing nets, which is very exciting for us as an optical store and also for our customers.

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Theo Eyewear

Theo has been a pivotal part of our eyewear collections for the last four years. In fact, before we even opened the doors to Respectacle Company, we knew that Theo was a brand we simply had to showcase in our store. Fast forward four years and Theo remains one of our most loved eyewear designers.
As February is the month of love, we thought we would take this opportunity to share the Theo love and talk a little bit about what it is we so adore about this Belgian eyewear brand.

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The glasses you wear are an intrinsic part of your identity, and a reflection of your personality. While you wear them to correct your vision, glasses can also play a crucial role in creating an image you want to portray to the world. If you have ever wondered what type of eyewear is best suited to your personality, wonder no more because it’s the subject of our latest blog.

Read on to find out which of our luxury eyewear brands will perfectly match your personality. From extroverts and hipsters to fashionistas and retro lovers, we’ve rounded up the frames that are perfect for your personality type. Read more

Eye Tests

2019 was an exciting year for us here at Respectacle Company. As well as expanding our eyewear collections, we invested in Optical Coherence Tomography technology (OCT). A type of advanced eye test, this produces a detailed 3D scan of your eye which is similar to an ultrasound scan.
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Another new year is almost upon us. Which means it’s the perfect time to revamp your look and your eyewear game. We’re as keen as mustard to bring you the latest designs in fashionable eyewear as we head into 2020. So we thought, why not get the inside scoop on this year’s eyewear trends directly from the horse’s mouth? Or rather from our lovely partnered brands.

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Welcome to the next blog in our series about common eye conditions. This month we are talking about cataracts, which is a very common age-related eye condition. Cataracts can occur in one eye or in both eyes, and causes your vision to appear blurred, dim or misty. If left untreated it can lead to blindness.
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Independant Optician


Part two

Welcome to the second instalment of our feature about the small business shopping scene in Market Harborough. In part one we put some of our favourite local shops under the spotlight. Being the fabulous town that it is for small independents, we had a rather long list of amazing businesses we wanted to include. Which is why we decided to split the feature into two parts.

So without further ado, let’s begin…

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Eye Examination

This month signals the national campaign “road safety week”. This initiative was founded and is promoted yearly by Brake, a national road safety and sustainable transport charity. This year’s campaign, which we are supporting, runs from the 18th – 24th November and is entitled “step up for safe streets”.

Brake want people to learn about and promote solutions that allow everyone to travel around in safe and healthy ways. Safe journeys are achievable with a good road transport network, so human error doesn’t result in death or serious injury. It’s a shocking statistic, but someone is killed or seriously injured on a British road every twenty minutes. We’ll let that sink in for a moment.

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Independant opticians


Part one

Ever since we opened the doors to Respectacle Company in 2016, we’ve very much enjoyed being part of Market Harborough’s independent retailers’ scene. We love this beautiful market town so much, and feel very lucky that so many fabulous small businesses and shops call it home too.

So we’ve decided to shine the spotlight on small businesses in Market Harborough, which will include some of our favourite cafes, restaurants and shops. It’s our guide to shopping local. Read on to find out which fellow small businesses are slaying it in the independent retail game. Read more