Leicestershire Opticians  – Respectacle Company

It’s been a long held ambition for Ali and myself to open our own Leicestershire Opticians practice in our home town Market Harborough where I was born, and now it’s happened we could not be happier.

It is our goal to create an environment to do justice to our chosen collections and give the professional care and service we would like to receive ourselves. We hope that you will like what we have created at Respectacle Company and be delighted with the new and exciting eyewear collections we have brought you. Of course, it goes without saying, that Ali and I look forward to taking care of all your optical needs.

About Rob

For all of my working life I have been completely immersed in eyewear. My first job was learning how to make, mend and glaze frames before I moved on to selling them. Along the way I have visited a wide spectrum of companies, from the huge designer production lines of Italy to the technical workshops of Japan. My influence has come from the creative producers in France, the cool design projects of Scandinavia and the small family jewellers come optical makers in Germany.

Over the years I have had the privilege of meeting and working with the creative genius that is Alain Mikli and his collaborator Phillipe Stark, as well as the retail trailblazer and rebellious icon, Larry Sands and Larry Leight, the creator of Oliver Peoples, which became the eyewear benchmark for understated cool.

My job involves a lot of travelling. This year alone I will travel to America, Australia, Eastern Europe and Scandinavia, visiting frames companies to see and source new things, and dropping into the best optical stores. Ali & I will also be attending trade shows and fashion weeks in Europe.

respectacle director

About Alison

Ever since I’ve known Rob I’ve been surrounded by eyewear, whether it’s been new collections arriving at home or looking in optical stores whilst on holiday.

After taking a break to look after our growing family, Rob found me a ‘little job’ for an independent optician in Market Harborough (one of his customers) to give me something to do! I started dressing the window once a month on a Sunday morning and things just grew from there.

I progressed to administration work in the office and covering reception, loving every aspect of the role. Working with a locally respected and experienced optometrist and receptionist, I gained valuable experience in all areas of an established optical practice.

It became clear that between us, Rob and I could create something very special and I enrolled to study and qualify as a dispensing optician, which I successfully completed. During my studies I also realised that experience would be the key to a successful career within the optical industry, so I worked for several different independent stores, all offering high quality customer care.

After qualifying I moved to one of the largest independent and very highly regarded stores in the country.  The customer care they offered was exceptional and I have built a wealth of knowledge working within this environment. Their loyal patient base has been built over the years on the ethos of hard work, professionalism, very detailed customer care and knowledge, all of which I believe I understand and emulate in my store today.