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The man with 300 pairs of glasses

Posted on 07 March 2015

I spent a wonderful morning talking to Jonathan Straight who is the founder and ex-Chairman of Straight Plc, a provider of container solutions for source separated waste. He grew the company from scratch in 1993 to the UK's leading manufacturer and supplier of kerbside recycling boxes and food waste caddies. As well as picking up a raft of business awards we wanted to find out more about his love for glasses.

Who is Jonathan Straight?
Jonathan Straight is a green entrepreneur, investor, director, writer and philanthropist. He built a business from scratch to a multi-million pound quoted company which he successfully exited from in 2014.

Why do you love glasses so much?

I have always been amazed at the reaction an unusual pair of glasses can attract. They are a great means of self-expression and of getting noticed and more importantly being remembered. Obviously they also help me to see where I am going!

What do you look for in a pair of glasses when you go shopping?

Will this frame make people say “wow”? Will this frame match any of my clothes, especially any of my tie collection (not quite as many as specs, but getting there).

Why would you like to see British glasses wearers owning more than one pair?  

Having just one pair of glasses is just so boring. We don’t have one pair of shoes, one t-shirt, etc. In Europe people have seven or eight frames on average. Here it is less than two. It is time the trend changed.

If you wear a few different frames there is then a pressure to keep going, to keep pushing the boundaries and to get more adventurous. I wish people would let their personalities sing out (through their eyewear) rather than wearing boring, dull stuff.

What is your favourite brand of glasses?

I have been a long time fan of Theo, a Belgian brand. My collection also includes some Alain Mikli and LA Eyeworks


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