Welcome to John Lennon Style Round Sunglasses & Eyewear (UK)

About John Lennon Sunglasses and Spectacles UK

We started up a UK based online sunglasses business in the mid 90's motivated by the lack of choice of affordable good quality sunglasses in a market dominated by premium designer sunglasses brands. From the outset it was clear that there was a large demand for round wire framed sunglasses but we struggled to find good quality products we could sell at affordable prices. We were limited to either low quality products, usually sold through costume suppliers, or very expensive high end designer products. Having a passion for such sunglasses ourselves we decided to do something about it.

And so JohnLennonSunglasses.com was born. All our products are purchased exclusively by us directly from our supplier and manufactured to our own specification. This has allowed us to produce a high quality product whilst keeping our prices affordable.

The History of Round Sunglasses and Teashades

Round sunglasses were originally known as Teashades and were a type of wire-rim sunglasses often worn, purely for aesthetic reasons, by members of the sixties counterculture or hippie movement hence the use of the term "hippie sunglasses". The term "Teashades" was also used to describe glasses worn to hide bloodshot eyes or those showing the effects of drugs. Rock stars such as Mick Jagger, John Lennon, Jerry Garcia and Ozzy Osbourne (Ozzy Glasses) all wore them in that era. Big screen stars Johnny Depp, Tim Roth, Whoopi Goldberg and even animated characters Ban Mido and Basara Nekki often wear them as did former professional wrestler Bret Hart on live television appearances. To this day they are still the favourite eyewear for many established and aspiring rock stars.

The original Teashade design was made up of medium-sized, perfectly round lenses, supported by pads at the bridge of the nose and a thin wire frame. When they first became popular in the late 1960s they were often elaborated. Lenses could be coloured or mirrored and they were produced in excessively large sizes or with the wire earpieces exaggerated. A uniquely-coloured or darkened glass lens set in the traditional frame was usually preferred. Modern versions tend to have plastic lenses as is the case with most of today's sunglasses. The term is now rarely used, although references can still be found in literature of the time. Today they are most commonly referred to as John Lennon Sunglasses.

johnlennonsunglasses.com is operated by i-sunglasses Limited (UK registration no. 6980319, VAT No: GB923679984)

For more information about our company or our products, please contact us or visit our parent web site at i-sunglasses.com

Email: info1@johnlennonsunglasses.com (please copy and paste into your email application).

Telephone: 0560 116 3403 (Monday to Friday - 10am to 4pm) calls charged at local rate by most service providers, mobile rates may vary.

or write to:

i-sunglasses Ltd (JLS)
257 Pall Mall
United Kingdom

Please Note: We only sell online and do not have viewing facilities at this address, sorry.

The Future of johnlennonsunglasses.com

Following the launch of our first collection in September 2009, our unique polarised models in April 2010, our optical frames in September 2010, our plastic framed eyewear range in April 2011 and our curly cable temple glasses in September 2012 we will continue to evolve our product range to offer an increasing variety of lens and frame options. If you have any suggestions please email us at info@johnlennonsunglasses.com

Disclaimer: The products described on this web site are not official John Lennon TM merchandise nor do we represent them to be.