Founded in 1988 by CEO Robin Totterman, 58, from a railway cottage in Battersea, this eyewear designer and manufacturer now produces 8m frames annually. Its global HQ is in Bath, and after the 2017 takeover of French manufacturer Killine, it has bases in Portugal, the US, China and Vietnam. It licenses eyewear products for fashion, sports and lifestyle brands, including Superdry, Radley, O’Neill and HYPE, and manufactures white-label products for Specsavers, Vision Express and Walmart amongst others. It also owns the Savile Row eyewear brand. In 2017, Lord MacLaurin, 82, former chairman of Vodafone and chief executive and chairman of Tesco, joined the group as chairman. Last year, earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation grew to £6.2m.
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