Seen – Manchester’s Independent Opticians

Seen is all about finding superior and original eyewear from around the globe and being the first to bring it to the North of England… So they say!

In the heart of St Ann’s Square is the Scandi decorated eyewear shop retailing spectacles and sunglasses for folk wanting something more than a functional pair of gigs.

Offering a fine mix of aesthetic and optical glasses whilst teaching the art of the 3 B’s – Brows, Balls and Bridges! The science of where your eye brows should rest versus the central alignment of the eye, paired with resting comfortably on the bridge of your nose. Seen prides themselves on ensuring they offer the perfect frame.


Colette who’s actual job title is director of happiness gave me a personalised service, being brutally honest whilst encouraging me to “try on” outside my comfort zone… if there is nothing on the shelves, fear not, the cupboards open offering a Narnia type wardrobe of frames, colours and styles.

A carefully selected catalogue of brands ranging from exclusive to Manchester Garrett Leight and Oliver Peoples, to Mykita and Dita. Not forgetting brands such as Reiz and Vinylize, who use up cycled record vinyl to make their fancy frames. Seen promises to give you world class customer service selling world class exclusive brands.


Seen was the first UK stockist of Garrett Leight and boasts the 2nd in Europe! Garrett himself came personally to Manchester to meet with the Seen Team and is now personal friend of the store… its not what you know, its who you know!

Seen, who celebrate their 10th birthday this October, don’t let any old brands in, each collection is carefully considered to ensure they showcase the best of what’s out there. This vetting process is something that all at Seen are passionate about.

Don’t be fooled though…Seen is not just a pretty face, they offer a full optician service proving that whilst the fashion of wearing the best eye wear comes first they have a huge passion for eye care too.

Seen, 6 St Ann’s Arcade, St Ann’s Square, Manchester M2 7HN
0161 835 2324



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