An innovative British design company - a high-end producer of handmade sunglasses - has caught our eye. Finlay & Co. is renowned for its stylish wooden-framed eyewear. Each pair they produce is unique, with its own grain and its own character. They enjoy a serious celebrity and fashion following and we wondered, might they be able to produce sunglasses from Glenmorangie malt whisky casks, casks only used twice to age our flagship expression, Glenmorangie Original?
It turns out they can. The four friends behind the London-based brand – all design-orientated, creative and committed to excellence – have Scottish roots. They have an affinity with wood and an affection for whisky and the limited edition range they have created for us goes by the name, Glenmorangie Originals. Each is individually numbered and can be personally engraved.
The wood is the slow-growth American white oak which has been used to age our whisky. Following long years spent in the traditional warehouse at our distillery on the shores of the Dornoch Firth, Finlay & Co. has transformed the wood into something ready for a bright new life in the sun…
A subtle hint of whisky remains in the wood, a delicate aroma at most. It’s not something you notice when you wear the sunglasses. But leave them in their case for a while and there’s a note of Glenmorangie’s distinctive and delicious house style when you open up, a reminder of the remarkable journey they’ve undertaken, a journey made possible by the creative collaboration of two pioneering brands. Glenmorangie’s renown has increased steadily since its beginnings in 1843 and Finlay & Co. is building its own status with its frames sported by models and stars, from Cara Delevingne and David Gandy to Rihanna, its presence firmly established at New York, London and Paris fashion weeks.