The legacy that led to the launch of Kirk Originals in the 1990s dates back to the Kirk family converting a sewing machine into a cutting machine for eyewear in 1919, creating an authentic London story.
The launch of the Kirk Originals collection in 1992, was inspired by the discovery of a trunk of original 1950s and 1960s frames found in the Kirk family archives. Sold through clothing stores the frames quickly sold out. This success was the catalyst for Kirk Originals to make new frames that took inspiration from the classic shapes of the 50s and 60s but updating them in modern materials with touches of colour.
Kirk Originals became a cult hit among the London cognoscenti especially in the music scene with Mick Jagger, Paul Weller, Liam Gallagher and Oasis, and Morrissey adopting Kirk Originals as their frames of choice for sunglasses and spectacles. The London funk and cool club scene that orbited around The Brand New Heavies and The Young Disciples were all kitted out in Kirk Originals, and as the decade moved on you would find Kirk Originals on the big screen in cinemas, worn most famously by Gary Oldman in the Batman movies.
The re-launch of Kirk Originals, in Spring Summer 18 put the name firmly back in the public eye, re-connecting with the London music scene, the movie world and returning to our roots in London, England and aesthetically back to reinterpreting classic shapes with subtle modern touches in the best materials.
Kirk Originals has grown to be the choice of sunglasses for confident, assured and stylish men.Our customers include leading figures in the media, music and creative arts who share a passion for handmade products, a bold aesthetic and the Made in England provenance.