"Between Victoria Park and the site of the 2012 Olympics, lies a narrow stretch of land known as Fish Island, filled with a crowded array of dignified old brick industrial buildings. Most are turned over to artists’ studios now, but standing amongst them at the corner of Smeed Rd is the world famous Algha Works, home to Britain’s last metal spectacle frame manufacturer, operating from here for the past century."
"Remarkable factory The Algha Works has been making spectacles on Fish Island in east London since 1932 and remains almost entirely unchanged.
In 1932, entrepreneur Max Wiseman imported into the UK an entire factory of spectacle frame-making machinery and staff from Germany."
"Robin Totterman, owner of Inspecs, a spectacle design and manufacturing business, recently bought Algha works, a glasses factory still based in its original 1930s home near the Olympics site in east London. The plant makes retro glasses, like the ‘roundeye’ spectacles worn by John Lennon.
In this audio slideshow, Mr Totterman, 51, explains how he went from selling bonds in the City to making designer glasses."