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Patrick & Menzies celebrates opening of new branch

It’s exciting times for Patrick & Menzies as we celebrate the opening of our fourth North Essex branch. 

The new Manningtree branch in the town’s High Street will open its doors to the public on Monday 20th September.  

It will make a great addition to our existing branches which are already offering top-class eye care to patients in Braintree, Brightlingsea and Mersea. 

We stepped in to take over Manningtree optician Piper and Priem when previous owner Stephen Preim decided to retire.  

Over the past few weeks, the practice has had a full refurbishment, including new flooring, wiring and lighting, a lick of paint and a re-equipped consulting room. The selection of frames on offer has been refreshed and some new ranges will be introduced.  

Although there is a new look, the branch will open with the same familiar faces, as well as some new optometrists joining the team.  

Patrick & Menzies Partner and Dispensing Optician Dan Edwards, said: “As a proudly independent optician Patrick & Menzies has been looking after people’s eyes for more than 30 years. Our professional team always goes the extra mile to take care of our patients and make sure their eyecare is the best it can be.   

“We are really excited to be taking on the Manningtree branch, which will offer fantastic service to customers as well as a greater selection of frames. We are delighted that although Stephen Priem is retiring, he will continue to be a familiar face at the branch, working a reduced number of days alongside new optometrists joining the team.”   

Due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, Patrick & Menzies still has an appointment-only policy, so please call 01206 392529 to book before visiting the branch.

Find out more about our new Manningtree branch.

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Brand Spotlight | Ray-Ban

Think of Ray-Ban and it’s pretty likely you will conjure up an image of stylish sunglasses worn by the glitterati.

In reality, this high-end brand has so much more to offer than that (though it’s fair to say their sunglasses are pretty spectacular).

The brand was born in the 1930s when US Air Force pilots needed to protect their eyes from the sun. Since then, Ray-Ban has shown the sky’s the limit when it comes to creating stylish eyewear.

The Ray-Ban range bills itself as timelessly classic and fearlessly modern and includes a wide spectrum of styles.

These are much more than just spectacle frames. As Ray-Ban explains, they are: “a weapon of self-expression to match how you see the world and how the world sees you.”

Read on for our top pick of Ran-Ban frames in stock at Patrick & Menzies at the moment.


RAY BAN – 5279 – 5775

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In mottled browns, these neutral specs are an exciting alternative to the traditional tortoiseshell. The design is bold enough to add interest without being over the top.

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RAYBAN – 3547V – 2502

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Looking for a classic style of specs? These are just the ticket! The silver frame and curved shaping will never go out of fashion. They would look particularly good if you have a square face shape.

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RAYBAN – 8415 – 2503

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Black frames coupled with angular shaping result in a serious pair of glasses that really mean business. These would work really well if you have a rounded face shape.

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RAY BAN – 4440-N – 6356/XO

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We love these Ray-Ban shades which show that the brand has so much more to offer than just the classic Aviator style. Need help picking your perfect pair of sunglasses? Check out another of our blogs  ‘Why are sunglasses important?’. 

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RAYBAN JUNIOR – 1584 – 3686

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Ray-Ban frames aren’t just for adults. We stock a selection of Ray-Ban Junior glasses for kids, too. These deep blue specs pack a real punch and are a great example of what you can expect from the junior range.

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Did you know you can browse our extensive range of frames online? Once you have selected the pair – or pairs – you like, with just the click of a button we can have them ready for you to try on when you come in for your appointment.  And if you need help picking the right frames for your face shape take a read of another of our blogs. 

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Style focus – Acetate frames

Light and comfy to wear, there is so much choice on offer when it comes to plastic spectacle frames.  

From solid colours to intricate patterns, chunky acetate to lightweight resin, you really can project your personality with a plastic frame.

With so many different frames to choose from, we have taken our pick of some of our favourite options on offer at the moment at Patrick & Menzies.



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If you are looking for pattern in your frames, plastic really is fantastic. This pair from Mattisse is a brilliant example of what can be created. A burgundy strip draws attention to the eye, coupled with a striking pattern of criss-crossed black lines, resulting in a spectacular pair of specs. 

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Style focus – Acetate frames News 1Looking for ethical eyewear? Then Sea2See is for you. This stylish range of frames is made from abandoned fishnets and ropes collected by fishing communities off the coast of Spain. Best of all you don’t need to abandon a love of style in favour of your beliefs as the Sea2See range fulfils in both areas by the bucket-load. These beautiful two-toned frames are a great example of what’s on offer from Sea2See.
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Style focus – Acetate frames News 2In a muted red, these Silhouette specs show that plastic can just as easily be sleek as well as chunky.  

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TIFFANY – 2189 

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Feminine without being overly girly, these dusky pink frames are proof that Tiffany really does know how to create standout eyewear. The sparkle along the sides is the perfect final touch.  

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Plastic frames don’t need to be brightly coloured. This perfect pair from Amporio Armani is classically shaped and superbly stylish. 

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Style focus – Acetate frames News 5So, we may have just mentioned that plastic frames don’t have to be colourful, but if you do want to brighten up your look, they offer a fantastic way to do just that. For people who like bolder colours and patterns when it comes to their glasses, Wolf Eyewear is a great place to start. This pair makes us think of sipping cocktails on a tropical beach – and what could be nicer than that? 

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Did you know you can browse the range of glasses frames on offer from Patrick & Menzies from the comfort of your home? Why not take a look.

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