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Jones And Co. Introducing… Rapp

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This month we are taking you to Toronto, behind the scenes of one of our most avant-garde and exclusive eyewear collections. Rapp is a collection we started working with in 2014 and while it is one of our more niche ranges and always in limited numbers, in the last 5 years many ecstatic Jones And Co. clients have joined the Rapp club.

The Rapp family, hand-craft their inventive, lively eyewear in Toronto.

mel rapp founder of rapp frames

Mel Rapp, Founder

In 1983, from the smallest of beginnings, Rapp Optical started in a small space in the back of a lady’s hat shop, owned by the company founder’s mother. Rapp eyewear has since grown to become an international icon of modern and eclectic eyewear, quietly hand crafting eyewear using only raw materials in their small atelier in North Toronto.

Even today there is still a small family team of 3 behind the brand’s international success. Mel Rapp is an optician by trade, his wife Julia Rapp coordinates the collection’s extensive colour palettes, and their son Shilo Rapp takes care of the design for their extensive collection and oversees the manufacturing process. Each of them brings their unique expertise to a process they have mastered over the years.

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They specialise in designing and manufacturing a limited collection of beautiful, handmade frames, which are custom made for a small number of the world’s top opticians. Jones and Co. are one of only three exclusive stockists of Rapp eyewear in the UK and of course we were the first to bring it to the UK!

Since their inception, an outlandish and eccentric sensibility has influenced the aesthetic direction of this eyewear brand.

“Our enthusiasm for design has always produced distinctively different eyewear, whether compared to conventional schools of design or any other international design movement.” says founder Mel Rapp.

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Rapp frames have a signature look: A high-end acetate front and contrasting raw titanium sides. Mostly matte in texture the collection has a very industrial feel. The material combinations make the frames instantly recognisable as a Rapp design product, without resorting to the external labels and logos that generic eyewear brands rely on.

You can’t pick up a Rapp frame without noticing the solid, high quality feel it has. That’s the mark of great eyewear. It doesn’t just look different, you can actually feel the superior quality when you pick it up and put it on.

handmade glasses from rapp at jones and co opticians

Renowned for their quality, colour, and ability to customize one-of-a-kind pieces, Rapp is a collection that offers you a look unlike all the others.

Rapp decided to offer their eyewear collection in this way to keep a true notion of individual identity, and to let you to select eyewear that is unique in a world of mass-produced fast fashion optics. By using handmade techniques and very limited colour runs, they ensure exclusivity in the design, and the extensive palette of custom colours are not mass produced, meaning that you are wearing a truly limited-edition piece of eyewear.

Who Is Rapp For?

Sir Elton John wearing Rapp Big Burt on the front cover of Rolling Stone Magazine 2012

Rapp is a range tailored for the eyewear enthusiast who understands the meaning of handmade luxury eyewear. Rapp wearers recognise quality when they see it and feel it. And they appreciate the attractiveness of limited edition and technical uniqueness too.

“Framing the eyes is not easy. Thinking different is not easy. It requires guts and resistance to conformity. Our persistence towards individual identity as an eyewear statement is loud and clear. Together with a handful of other small international producers, RAPP is constantly striving for individualisation within the large mass produced, colourless, complacent and undifferentiated eyewear industry.”

The brand received a huge international boost when none other than ‘Eyewear King’ himself Sir Elton John appeared on the front cover of Rolling Stone magazine in 2012 wearing a Rapp frame. Over the years many other celebrities, artists and literary talents have been seen donning their Rapp frames on the silver screen, their eyewear choice perfectly complimenting their creative identity.

The handmade-in-Toronto collection has built a strong fan following among eyewear connoisseurs who like to look as good as they see. However, these frames are not for the feint hearted! The frames really do pack a punch. Strong in shape and colour, they lay all of their cards on the table for everyone to see. If you want to make a statement with your eyewear, Rapp is for you.

The real beauty of the collection is how they have executed the most perfect colour palette selection and acetate combinations. Not to mention the crispness of the frame edges and directional matte finishes, compared with conventional acetate frame which have rounded edges and glossy finish. Making them so much more than just an ordinary pair of glasses.

It’s All In The Feel

“We do it by hand. The front and inside of the acetate has a directional matte finish and is not high gloss. Only the edges are glossy. Our edges are very crisp, with no rounding. Once the front is machined it is truly a hand-finished product.” Says Shilo Rapp.

Inspiration for the design for parts of the collection come from a broad spectrum of well-known celebrity’s who have inspired designer Shilo Rapp over the years such as artist David Hockney or from musicians such as Lou Reed.

Jones and Co. client Helen wearing model STANWICK named after Barbara Stanwyck, an American actress in 1930’s and 40’s

But Shilo also talks about taking inspiration from the real Toronto and how he looks to local businesses for historical stories and memoires. Model Sherman is named after “Sherman’s Tailors” regaling stories of famous musicians passing through Toronto in the 1950’s- 1970’s.

Over the years Rapp has won numerous design awards. In 2012, a defining moment for the brand was to win a prestigious Ontario Business Achievement Award- a category for recognising successful independent Canadian companies, their innovation and achievements, their positive effect on employment on Ontario, resulting in increased exports of Canadian products worldwide. Something they are increasingly proud of.

Rapp at Jones And Co.

Mark chose Rapp model Marc for more reasons than you might think. Looking fresh in a delicate brown smoked graduated acetate

Rapp eyewear gives us the opportunity to showcase some of the most exclusive and distinctive independent eyewear designs in the world. We are honoured to be among a small number of opticians that has the pleasure of curating a selection of these handmade beauties to bring to our clients in the UK each year.

Each piece of our collection has been hand selected by our team for design and colour with you, our clients in mind.

There is a tremendous amount of skill and expertise in curating a collection like Rapp and frankly the Jones And Co. team do it better than anyone. When it comes to matching frames to faces and personalities and prescriptions we can show you possibilities and eyewear combinations that no-one else can. It’s never just about the frame. A frame on a shelf is only a half-finished product. The real magic is in assembling a stunning piece of eyewear with your prescription lenses, as thin and flat and light as optically possible, in a frame colour and shape that combines with your face and personality to say exactly what you want it to say about you. That’s the Jones And Co. magic.

Jones And Co. client Karen wears the perfect petit cat eye Le Guin in blue fade.

We have around 50 Rapp designs now in stock. But these pieces don’t wait around for long. With no two pieces alike and a wait time of five months from initial ordering don’t hesitate to visit the team and arrange to view the newest pieces from the Rapp Eyewear collection which have just arrived! The Jones And Co. team can help you create the perfect piece of Rapp eyewear for you.

Call the team on 0161 834 7798 or email hello@jonesand.co to book a styling consultation and see the entire collection.

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Suddenly buying a pair of glasses has become a wonderful experience! Service at Jones & Co is excellent and I can't recommend them enough - they know exactly what is going to look good on you without trawling through lots of pairs of glasses. It was strange to be excited about picking up a pair of glasses - so many people have passed comment on them and said how good they look. I will definitely be back!
Christine Smith
Christine Smith
16:32 27 Jun 18
Once again I received top class service and specs I really like! With a complex prescription I need to know I'm in safe hands when selecting new glasses. Conor and his team gave a thorough eye test & made the selection process for my sunglasses a fun and pleasant experience. The coffee's good too!
Geraldine Vesey
Geraldine Vesey
15:35 18 Jul 18
My second time at Jones&Co. in less than six months! Absolutely stunning frames that you’re very unlikely to find anywhere else and second-to-none customer service :) I think it’s fair to say I’m becoming somewhat addicted to this new unique wonderful way of choosing and buying glasses! I will be back and I cannot recommend this place and amazing team of people enough! Thank you Jess for helping me pick a perfect second pair!
cecilia caio
cecilia caio
22:05 07 Jun 18
I don’t know why it took me so long to stumble across Jones And Co - blame the dodgy frames sitting haphazardly somewhere near my myopic peepers. Jones And Co are outstanding. The staff are lovely - professional, friendly, welcoming and (gently) enthusiastic. Their skills at choosing a selection of frames for you to try on will ensure that you leave wearing some seriously stylish spectacles. Their aftercare is excellent and they are happy to tweak until your frames are entirely comfortable. My only concern is how many pairs are enough........
Liz L
Liz L
21:08 21 May 18
Top class opticians. The team are all clearly passionate about what they do and make you feel in very safe hands. With the added bonus that they are all so lovely!
lucy ormerod
lucy ormerod
11:22 02 Jul 18
A fantastic experience from the moment I enquired right through to picking up my new glasses. They knew, from talking to me, the styles I might like and as such presented me with a selection, which were all fab! I'm really happy with my new glasses, they're different to typical high street frames and that's exactly what I wanted.
Andrew Walker
Andrew Walker
19:33 30 Jul 18
A fantastic service - very friendly and helpful staff, who try their best to find the frame that really work for you. Seems a little intimidating from the outside, but as welcoming as you could ask for. Thanks for all of the help, Gareth and team!
Daniel Blenkley
Daniel Blenkley
08:35 03 Aug 18
I’m a huge fan of Jones and Co. They care about great products, great design and great designers, which clearly comes through in their ethos. More importantly, they care about customers and finding something that’s right for you. It might not be what you first imagined but that’s why I keep going back
Ben Williams
Ben Williams
16:17 06 Aug 18
Wonderful staff, wonderful place, wonderful products, wonderful experience. A rare gem amongst businesses these days that have it all. It was one of the best retail shopping experiences we've ever had. It's places like Jones And Co that will always have a place on the high street, no internet business could compete. Truly awesome and highly recommended.
Matthew Tutt
Matthew Tutt
13:52 13 Aug 18
I can highly recommend Jones and Co. A really thorough eye test from Alex and great to meet Nick - he understood exactly what I needed (and wanted) on the frames. He was good fun as well as being very helpful. The customer care given at Jones's is second to none!
Gerri Smith
Gerri Smith
09:16 29 Aug 18
I was really impressed with their professionalism. I had whole new level of experience when deciding which glasses to go for. I was very well assessed and I will definitely go there to get my next glasses! Many thanks!!
Antonio Abella
Antonio Abella
16:10 21 Aug 18
If you’re looking for unique stylish frames with absolutely fantastic service then Jones and Co is the place to be. Being smaller in stature than most with petite features, I’ve always struggled to find frames that don’t drown my face. Never again, in fact, I left with 2 pairs. Their honesty in helping me find the right frame for me was perfect, no telling you what they thought you wanted to hear or directing you to the children’s section (which I’ve often encountered). I couldn’t recommend more highly!
Kemmel Healey
Kemmel Healey
21:58 03 Sep 18
Step inside and Explore a Unique Experience like no other ! I travelled up from Ashbourne, looking far and wide for an optician that could offer more than the "routine" of purchasing new glasses. The building you enter to access the opticians is unique and I experienced a friendly welcome. This is the beginning of a relationship rather than a purchase. I purchase glasses infrequently, taking my time to locate frames that work with my personality and stage of life. Travelling to Jones and Co is absolutely worth the travel, and the time to be fitted with the glasses that are unique, also provide you with the time to really make the decision that is right for you. Be prepared to come and experience the reception, the experience, and the opportunity to find a unique set of frames that reflect the person you are and want to be. I will update my review when I collect my specs! in 3 weeks, but I want to thank Gareth for brining out my inner "playful" side through my choice of specs!. And to the lady (sorry didn't get your name) who kindly helped with my decision making. I looking forward to writing up my review for part 2. Thank you Amanda
pandora
pandora
09:14 06 Sep 18
I have lived with massive eye problems and had procedures carried out in this country and abroad. I thought I was receiving the best treatment, but nobody could eradicate my problems entirely. Then, I met team Jones and had my eyes measured by Conor who came up with a totally different formula. Conor and Kathryn were responsible for transforming my life. Jones and Co. are the best optician's I have ever been to. Love you to bits :)
Eliana Keeling
Eliana Keeling
14:57 10 Sep 18
Brilliant service, the warmest response beginning from the initial phone call from Nick, to actually having my consultation with Deepal. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Pricing options make everything extremely flexible.
Sean O'Brien
Sean O'Brien
16:40 10 Nov 18
After my wife bought her new Lindberg frames in June I was impressed with the courtesy, friendly reception and professional approach she received so when it was time for my eye test I had no hesitation in returning to Jones and Co. After the test was completed Nick showed me a number of frame options ( I too am a Lindberg fan) and we soon arrived at a frame/lens shape combination which we thought would fit the bill just fine. We returned today to collect my new glasses and they are just what I hoped they'd be. Again Nick was as helpful as ever and I'll certainly return here when my next appointment is due.
JOHN SOUTHWORTH
JOHN SOUTHWORTH
17:59 10 Nov 18
Over the years I have tried almost every High St optician chain never feeling they have ever managed to get either the frame or the lenses quite right. I have a fairly complex prescription & I am D/deaf so a rushed assembly-line service in a noisy shop does not work for me. By chance an advert for Jones AND Co. on Facebook caught my eye so I spontaneously made an appointment to investigate. The store is easy to find and it is a delightfully quiet and pleasant environment. Gareth the optician looked after me ensuring he understood what my needs were and in turn ensured I fully understood what my options are and that I was 100% happy with my choice never rushing me. I was quite overwhelmed when I came to collect as my specs were everything I hoped and more ! I thoroughly recommend Jones AND Co if individual care and style is important to you. I really valued Gareth's care and attention he is a thoroughly lovely kind man, I'll be back !
Owen Power
Owen Power
00:26 22 Nov 18
I've been a customer at Jones and Co. Styling since Angela Campbell...the best service, selection of eye wear & setting in Manchester. Absolute quality. Thank you
bull terrier
bull terrier
17:52 23 Nov 18
Amazing staff and beautiful experience. Unique and top class quality. If you are looking for something that is a bit more than just glasses, This is the perfect place. High level of customer service and professionalism. They look after You from the moment you step in and offer amazing top class products. You'll feel welcome and comfy while having (I have to say it!) a beautiful coffee and a nice chat with the staff.
Angela Dizha
Angela Dizha
15:45 03 Dec 18
Excellent service, care and thoughtfulness from Jess at Jones and Co during my recent purchase of new glasses. A very good experience from beginning to end. I can recommend Jones and Co highly
Gwyneth McCormack
Gwyneth McCormack
11:55 10 Dec 18
Jones and Co have always made the experience of choosing glasses as pleasant as possible, spending as much time as needed to make the best choice. Jess was very helpful with my latest purchase...
William Keeling
William Keeling
21:03 29 Dec 18
It’s a very special experience going to Jones and Co. Treated as an individual who matters to them, never rushed, nothing is too much trouble... not many achieve that kind of service and they do it every time. Add in the wonderful frames they have that are so different and stylish and I’m going nowhere else. Go and see them if you want your glasses to be part of your style and not just something that helps you see.
Liz Morrison
Liz Morrison
08:44 04 Jan 19
Excellent service during my recent eye test and selection of news frames & lenses. Choosing the right eyewear is a very personal decision and Conor, Jess and all the staff offered expert guidance on both styling and technical aspects throughout the process, which I found reassuring. They made me feel a valued customer. I am delighted with my choice of eyewear and highly recommend Jones And Co.
Peter Brown
Peter Brown
12:47 15 Jan 19
superb service.. solved my eye dilemma with a comprehensive test.. i hoped for a pair of frames that will last a lifetime and i found them here.. thank you..
mary-anne hobbs
mary-anne hobbs
18:49 17 Jan 19
Went to Jones because I wasn't happy with the usual high street styles. I wasn't disappointed, they helped me choose some great frames. Wonderful individual service, highly recommend if you are looking for something a bit different. Customer service second to none!
Pamela Nugent
Pamela Nugent
13:05 22 Jan 19
Jones and Co are excellent opticians. I have just received my second pair of glasses from them and the experience was just as brilliant as the first time I visited. As someone who works in customer service for a major retailer, I have to say that the customer service I received at Jones and Co was exemplary. From arriving at Reception to the extensive eye test to the personal fitting service, nothing is too much trouble. I was treated as a very special person with unique needs and the range of glasses I was shown were absolutely beautiful. I have worn glasses for around ten years and the glasses from Jones and Co are the very best I have worn. I get compliments every day about my glasses as they fit me so beautifully because they were styled for me. That is Jones and Co. I can't recommend them highly enough.
Julie Leach
Julie Leach
14:53 26 Jan 19
I can’t recommend Jones and Co highly enough. The experience is poles apart from normal high street opticians. I’ve been wearing glasses since childhood and so have seen my fair share of opticians. The eye test is thorough and high tech (so no air being pumped into your eye) and the way in which you look at and choose your glasses is just transformative. The staff are professional and approachable- the experience was phenomenal.
Sarah Hart
Sarah Hart
11:42 01 Feb 19
A lovely experience...if only every purchase I made was as luxurious and supportive as selecting my new glasses! Thanks Gareth for helping me find a fab pair. I’m getting compliments already.
Kerrie Medlicott
Kerrie Medlicott
14:37 06 Feb 19
Outstanding customer focused service. Everyone I have dealt with has filled me with confidence. They listen to even the vaguest ideas and come up with perfect suggestions for what frames might work (and what won't). I hate being overwhelmed with choice - this doesn't happen at Jones and Co and is exactly what makes it such a special place. I now have two pairs of completely contrasting Theo frames - both look fab! I can't recommend Jones and Co highly enough.
Alison Hardy
Alison Hardy
21:30 23 Feb 19
Went to Jones and Co after year of using this High Street Opticians and the experience could not be more different. From the eye test which was more thorough to staff actually taking the time to advise on frame styles and lenses which would be most suitable. I love my new glasses and the quality of the varifocals is a lot better. Thanks to everyone at Jones and Co
Tina Weber
Tina Weber
07:19 28 Feb 19
Honestly and without a doubt the best experience I’ve ever had at an opticians. As someone with a bit of a weird prescription it had really got to the point where specsavers just didn’t cut it anymore, appointments were rushed and advice on suitable frames was nonexistent. Jones & Co provide such a thorough, helpful and friendly service that for the first time in a long time I am confident in the glasses I’m wearing, both prescription wise and aesthetically. The biggest thank you to Gareth for his advice and guidance, you made my visits an absolute joy
Joanne Best
Joanne Best
12:32 13 Mar 19
Fantastic and personable service with a distinguishable style that is reflected in their products. I have been looking for the 'right' frames for some time and easily found a selection of several contenders at Jones & Co. Not only that but my eye test resulted in a prescription that is far superior to anything I have ever experienced from a high street chain. I would struggle to look anywhere else in the future.
Adam Mulcahy
Adam Mulcahy
17:20 01 Apr 19
Just purchased a pair of sunglasses to go alongside my two pairs of glasses. I looked forward to choosing them so much and the experience didn't disappoint me - it was so relaxing and enjoyable. Kathryn tempted me with various styles and I chose the pair that took me out of my comfort zone because as Kathryn said they made me smile. Am now waiting for some sunshine to wear them. Thank you very much Kathryn for your help.
Judith Sutcliffe
Judith Sutcliffe
18:35 05 Apr 19
What a find Jones and Co was for me. Looking for frames that stood out, I came across them online, with a handy video about choosing a pair of glasses. The team show you a tray of about a dozen frames they think might be what you're looking for after consultation With helpful advice it's like having a personal shopper.Thanks again to the team, can't wait to get more compliments from my new one's.
Karen Birkin
Karen Birkin
16:18 13 Apr 19
REVIEW FROM CHRISTINE BUCK My Mum was so impressed she asked me to put a review on google! “I’ve always had problems getting my new glasses correctly fitted each time I change them. It was always a job I loathed! I decided to give Jones and Co a try, and have been converted. The service I received was very professional, and always helpful, nothing was too much trouble. Special thanks goes to Jess and Catherine who looked after me and provided super service. I’m sure I will be a return customer!”
Dan Buck
Dan Buck
18:11 22 Jun 19
Excellent customer service, glasses out of this world. Overall a great experience. Highly recommend. Coffee is good also..... Mr & Mrs Brannan
Ian Brannan
Ian Brannan
15:20 30 Jun 19
Absolutely fantastic opticians. Been with Jones and Co. for two years now and just recently got my second pair of glasses from them. Couldn't be happier with the service they provide. Always happy tp help no matter how big the issue is and I have certainly had some issues with my glasses and complex prescription! In addition, I cannot not speak highly enough of Nick and all the help and assistance he has given to me over the past two years and two pairs of complete glasses. Excellent gentlemen and couldn't do enough for you!
Sam Barker
Sam Barker
17:31 01 Jul 19
After visiting more than a dozen stores over the past 6 months I finally found a pair of perfect glasses at Jones and Co. Not only do they stock amazing selection of frames you wouldn't find on high street stores, the team do a great job on advising on what works the best for you. So happy with my choice of glasses!
Giedrė Jurkonytė
Giedrė Jurkonytė
10:54 09 Jul 19
Writing a review of Jones And Co. as "opticians" is a bit like writing a review of a bespoke tailor as a "clothes shop". Obviously the basic competence is there of carrying out an eye test, keeping decent clinical records and finding frames that will suit. What sets them apart are the classy and calm atmosphere of their premises, the paramount quality and range of their frames, and a standard of customer service that can only be understood by experiencing it. To expand on this latter point, going to Jones And Co. always makes me feel special. It is to step away from the anonymous, mundane and collectivist culture that pervades most cities and shopping centres: instead to step towards a culture that appreciates each customer as an individual.
Samuel Aidan Martin
Samuel Aidan Martin
11:10 31 Jul 19
A huge thank you to everyone at Jones & Co (Gareth Alex Jess Catherine and Aimee), what an amazing team, their customer service has no bounds, they are all extremely professional and friendly. Had eye check and got the glasses of my dreams, Anne and Valentin. Anyone who is checking out reviews to choose an optician go to Jones & Co, I promise you won’t find better.
Jackie Corson
Jackie Corson
15:31 05 Aug 19
I’ve just bought my 4th pair of glasses from Jones and Co and wouldn’t go anywhere else. Absolutely top quality service with a wonderful choice of gorgeous frames. The best customer care and professionalism you will ever experience. Thanks everyone for helping me choose my “new look” again.
Sheila Gaskell
Sheila Gaskell
21:48 14 Aug 19
In my experience , if you shop here you’ll find a friendly customer service. There’s an excellent selection of frames and a wise , intuitive staff to give unhurried advice on choosing frames and lenses. These people know their stuff. I recommend. Paul
Paul Newton
Paul Newton
10:48 21 Aug 19
The Jones And Co. opticians experience is like no other. Immaculate attention to detail in the service, right from how you are greeted up to the personalised chocolates on your final appointment. The selection of frames is comprehensive, stylish and inspired; the team are informed, insightful and dedicated. Quite simply the best opticians for eyewear selection, fitting and optical knowledge.
Nick Craske
Nick Craske
09:54 22 Aug 19
Brilliant experience, friendly, welcoming, knowledgeable. I've never felt comfortable choosing glasses before but these guys are brilliant. Pushed me beyond my comfort zone and i'm so pleased they did. Really happy and would recommend them to anyone.
Stephen Whamond
Stephen Whamond
09:24 13 Sep 19
This is a first class optician I have used for over 10 years. They take pride in ensuring glasses suit and moreover are comfortable.
stuart teare
stuart teare
10:28 25 Sep 19
The most positive experience I have had at an optician. Relaxed, good choice of frames, thorough eye test and a slight problem with one frame (picked up by the Jones team rather than me) was dealt with brilliantly.
George Dawson
George Dawson
09:32 13 Sep 19
A truly personal service! The style consultation was brilliant, it took me a little out of my comfort zone, but I've come away with glasses that everyone says really suit my face. Gareth did a great job!
Michelle Begley
Michelle Begley
20:47 16 Oct 19
A truly personal service! The style consultation was brilliant, it took me a little out of my comfort zone, but I've come away with glasses that everyone says really suit my face. Gareth did a great job!
Michelle Begley
Michelle Begley
20:47 16 Oct 19
Had a wonderful experience at Jones and Co, having my first eye test in years. The staff were very friendly and knowledgable, delivering great customer service. Nick’s advice on frame styles and lenses was very helpful and professional. I’m very pleased with my selection. HIGHLY recommended.
Hood Thabit
Hood Thabit
20:01 11 Nov 19

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