Return of the sunglasses chain


This summer we’re bringing back glasses chains. Taking inspiration from Victorian socialites and 70s secretaries alike, today’s sunglasses and glasses chains are both chic and practical.

every smart woman wears a lorgnette

It started with the Victorian lorgnette - a pair of spectacles mounted on a handle, which later moved onto a chain. It was the Victorian must-have accessory of the 19th century lady about town.

The name comes from the French word lorgner meaning ‘to ogle’, perfect for checking out possible suitors and the competition.


chain reaction

Over the decades they’ve resurfaced time and time again. The 70s saw our secretaries getting practical, the 80s full of skinny cords and in the 90s we got bling. Perfect for making a statement at work and poolside, they’re back for good reason.

Mercura NYC

Mercura NYC

upcycled frame chains

We’ve been busy rescuing vintage beads and chains, scouring the country and sourcing the best vintage finds, upcycling them into sunglasses and glasses chains ready to accessorise your vintage frames.


Original fastenings are kept where possible and modern added when needed. The loops can be easily slipped off so the chains can be worn as jewellery again for a multi-purpose purchase #winning

Transform the look of your frames and never lose your favourite sunnies or glasses again with these one-off pieces.

Check out the collection here