Garmology: So, two students started making frames – With Jamie Bartlett, Banton Frameworks (S05 E03 #102)

Today’s guest is Jamie Bartlett of Banton Frameworks, a small, independent maker of optical frames outside Glasgow in Scotland. Jamie tells the fascinating story of their bumpy start, making frames from random materials in a car, how they’ve since built the business frame by frame, collaborating with similarly minded brands and how rewarding it is to have loyal fans of their work. We also get a crash course in German hinges, varieties of acetate and why eyewear is an important part of our personal expression.

You can find Banton Frameworks on the web here and on Instagram at @bantonframeworks

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Garmology theme music by Fabian Stordalen.

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  • Helen 05/10/2022 at 23:55

    Thank you for sharing such a Fascinating and inspirational journey.

  • gareth 10/10/2022 at 11:10

    Excellent interview.


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