Pioneers in their field

Walter & Herbert was founded in 1946 as the Optoplast Manufacturing Company Ltd by Walter Conway and Herbert Thorn.

Having created the first range of glasses for the NHS in 1948, Walter and Herbert moved on to develop technology, such as the PIMO machine, that would completely change the way glasses are manufactured around the world. The PIMO machine revolutionised the way glasses were manufactured by inserting metal reinforcements into the acetate with precision and speed.

Today, Walter & Herbert has developed this engineering heritage to combine classic techniques with modern technologies, producing frames that look and feel simply beautiful.

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Made in England

Walter & Herbert glasses are designed and made in England. As a result, they can oversee all manufacturing processes in person at their Liverpool factory, helping to maintain the highest possible product quality. Their products are also UKAS accredited, exceeding British Standards of quality, performance and safety.

The Walter & Herbert Made in England collection is inspired by this outstanding level of quality control and care, as well as their heritage. Every pair of frames go through a lengthy process of design and development, taking the glasses from a simple sketch to the complete frames you see on the shelf.

Most of the frames are unisex, and all are beautifully modern with clean lines yet a retro feel, drawing on the design inspiration of the company’s post-war roots. The designs follow modern trends whilst maintaining a classic British feel throughout the collections. Many frames also use Italian acetate from the most highly sought-after supplier, Mazzucchelli.

The exquisite craftsmanship of Walter & Herbert glasses really sets the brand apart. Like Leightons, as a third generation family business, they pride themselves on delivering outstanding quality with absolute care and attention in a world of assembly line products.

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Your perfect match

Walter & Herbert glasses can be tried in many of our branches. Our fully-qualified dispensing opticians will be on hand to help you find the pair for you and ensure they fit perfectly.

We can also fit your prescription lenses in the frames. Alternatively, if you think your prescription may have changed, you can book an eye exam online or call us on 0800 40 20 20.