The Kirk legacy dates back to 1919 when the first frames were created in London, setting in motion a period of invention and innovation with a forward thinking modern view.
The discovery of a trunk full of original frames in the Kirk archive back in the early nineties inspired the launch of Kirk Originals, the first sunglasses brand to look back to classic 1950s and 1960s shapes for inspiration, re-inventing them in modern materials and silhouettes. These edgy, vintage sunglasses became an overnight success amongst London’s the movers and shakers on the London music, club and style scenes.
Kirk Originals became a cult brand as cool British culture rose to prominence around the world. Bands like Oasis, The Brand New Heavies, and The Young Disciples wore Kirk Originals, and in Hollywood movie stars Antony Hopkins and Gary Oldman wore Kirk Originals.
Under the ownership of International Retail Architecture and Design Consultants, IDL, the brand continues to evolve and innovate while maintaining its individuality through modern design and use of the finest materials.
Returning to its position as the Sunglasses brand that re-invented vintage shapes for a modern stylish audience we have now combined this with a strong architectural view and graphic eye. Retaining our London style, Kirk Originals frames are designed in London and handcrafted in England, and Europe.