I have said it before, but it remains a detail that proves remarkable to me: there are select brands that began their lives in countries that do not exist any more. There is something impossibly romantic, even fantastical, about that. Granted, this is largely to do with the geopolitical upheaval that Europe has endured over the past few centuries of rising and declining empires, world wars and reunifications. As a Briton, we (and the heritage brands herein) stayed under one flag, and so are not used to shifting allegiances. In contrast, for example, E.B. Meyrowitz was established in 1875 in Prussia.
The firm’s eponym, Emil Bruno Meyrowitz, sold a variety of optical instruments as well as spectacles, and he expanded to several major cities, including Paris and New York. In time, as with many members of the Prussian royal house, Meyrowitz would go through a fractious period both in ownership and function. The locations around the world are upmarket modern-day opticians that sell all manner of frames from all kinds of designers, save for one of those locations — the E.B. Meyrowitz boutique in London. Here, you will find exclusive Meyrowitz designs, all made in the U.K. at traditional workshops, and a full bespoke service.
Having spent some time on Bond Street, their store is now in the spiritual home of understated elegance: the Royal Arcade. It is owned and run by Sheel Davison-Lungley, a creative genius and the perfect hostess. Sheel is a very particular type of proprietor. She’s rightfully proud of her brand, but she is no saleswoman (or at least you never feel pitched to). She used to work at the shop as an optician, which is where her training and expertise lie, but when the opportunity came to take over the boutique in the late eighties, and with a creative dexterity bursting out, she jumped at the chance.