In London 1919, Jason Kirk’s grandfather and great-uncle founded Kirk Brothers, an optical designer, and manufacturer well ahead of its time. Today, Jason and Karen continue the family legacy, fusing 100 years of optical expertise with innovation and style.
The latest Kirk & Kirk Collection, Centena draws on this 100-year legacy and the experience, knowledge, and skills of husband and wife team Karen & Jason Kirk and their vision for the future.
Kirk & Kirk have become synonymous for their experimental use of colour, and sympathetic and creative frame shapes within the eyewear industry. The Centena collection is no exception.
The Centena collection uses a special grade of Italian acrylic as an alternative to the usual acetate which gives the frames a lightweight quality that offers the wearer comfort as well as style, luminosity, and function. For the first time in eyewear manufacturing, the Centena collection uses handcrafted 10mm acrylic, which looks substantial but remains lightweight and makes each frame a design statement. The frame design uses beveled and angled edges and shapes, to throw light across the face, the material permits a translucent quality so that the skin reacts and interacts with the frames to create a flattering and distincyive look and experience.
“The best compliment we can get is when a customer tells us they feel they’ve expressed their personality through our frames,” says Karen.
The Centena Collection is available in 10 unique and flattering styles across 10 vivid monocolour options. Each frame is like an individual sculpture revealing the glass like properties of the material and the confident angles and shapes of the frames.
The freedom and confidence of expression are key to the
connection that Kirk & Kirk have with both stockists and frame wearers.