The Rich History of Oliver Goldsmith
Thanks everyone for your enquiries regarding the OG brand.
Yes, we are the only stockists of OG sunglasses in New Zealand and we are also the only NZ stockist for Claire Goldsmith’s optical range Legacy.
Just to clarify things, here’s a bit of rich fashion history. Claire Goldsmith is the young, energetic and fashion forward face of the Goldsmith family. Claire’s great grandfather, the namesake of the Oliver Goldsmith brand commenced the company in 1926 and in the late 1930’s Oliver’s son, Charles joined the business and created the world’s first fashion “sun-specs”.
In the 1960’s Claire’s uncle, Andrew and her late father Ray developed a following amongst international film stars, celebrities and the discerning public for unique, beautifully made eyewear and sunglasses. In the 1980’s the brothers decided to divide the company, Ray was to run the sunglasses and Andrew the opticals.
But sadly, not long after, Claire’s father Ray passed away. He bequeathed the sunglass division to his daughter Claire, who today heads the OG sunglass brand and her own range of optical frames named “Legacy”. Claire’s company is entirely separate from her Uncle Andrew’s who continues to make eyewear under the name of Oliver Goldsmith.
We do not stock any of Andrew Goldsmith's optical frames. These days he and Claire have very different design tastes and we prefer Claire’s. Claire Goldsmith and her team are dedicated, passionate and talented. Claire’s designs have their own energy and life force. They transcend fads and are already the design classics of the future.