Tom Davies Designs Frames For Wonka

Tom Davies Wonka Eyewear

Eyewear designer Tom Davies has joined forces once again with Warner Bros. Discovery to design frames for the upcoming motion picture Wonka starring Timothée Chalamet in the title role. Davies, inspired by Wonka himself to use gold business cards and craft glasses out of unusual material such as crushed meteorites, has spent more than a decade creating bespoke frames for leading characters in numerous Hollywood films.

Davies has successfully collaborated with Warner Bros. on many occasions, including reinterpreting the iconic frames for 2021’s The Matrix Resurrections and designing Clark Kent’s glasses, as worn by Henry Cavill in the 2016 classic Superman v Batman: Dawn of Justice. Warner Bros. recently announced an exclusive partnership where he has produced a limited-edition range of exclusive frames inspired by six of his favorite Warner Bros. films to celebrate the legendary studio’s 100th anniversary.

For Wonka, Davies was asked to create two bespoke frames – one for the character Fickelgruber, played by Mathew Baynton, and the second for Abacus Crunch, played by Jim Carter. For Fickelgruber, the character wears a lot of green and is Wonka’s nemesis. The frame Tom designed has a classic period-appropriate shape which would have been at the height of fashion at the time. Only successful dapper people would be able to afford such a frame at that time. Davies also added a green tint to the lens to imply a slight mystery around the character.

For Abacus, the character wears glasses from 50 years previous. As he is down on his luck throughout the film, he could not really afford new glasses so the frame design was quite specific. It needed to sit at the end of his nose and also function for Jim Carter to use during filming. When making frames for films, the costume department needed five pairs and it would be almost impossible to source something so vintage for an actor that also fits them perfectly. Bespoke was the only option and actually, this is the frame Davies was originally called in to make for the studio.

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Abigail
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Wink

To celebrate the release of Warner Bros. Pictures’ big screen holiday spectacle, “Wonka,” Davies worked with Warner Bros. Discovery Global Consumer Products to design a collection of seven Wonka-inspired frames which will launch through his Catch London brand in December. Each frame has a unique or exotic feature in keeping with both the film itself and Davies’ own reputation for weird and wonderful creativity: some smell like giraffe milk, others glow in the dark, while others change color the moment the wearer steps outside.

Says Tom Davies: ‘I was so excited when Warner Bros. Discovery asked me to get involved in this project. Growing up, I loved Roald Dahl’s stories and always dreamed of running my own factory. Being inspired by Willy Wonka from a young age and now getting to design frames for Wonka very much feels like a childhood ambition fulfilled.

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UV + Me
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Sunny
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Stars
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Dancer

‘But it also gave me so many ideas for wild and wacky ways in which to create this new Catch London collection of frames. Whoever thought the world needed glasses that not only look amazing but smell of giraffe milk? Well, now it does and they’re fantastic. I can’t wait for people to wear them and, of course, sniff them!’

Catch London and Wonka frames are available on iwearbritain.com and for more information head to catchlondon.net.

About Tom Davies

Created by Tom Davies in London in 2002, the Tom Davies eyewear brand is one of Britain’s leading spectacle brands. Davies’ prestigious handmade brand offers a full bespoke service using the highest quality materials, available from his five stores in London and through a network of optical retailers worldwide. He has designed eyewear for more than a dozen Hollywood movies and his many high-profile customers have included Ed Sheeran, Victoria Beckham, and Heston Blumenthal.

About Wonka

Based on the extraordinary character at the center of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl’s most iconic children’s book and one of the best-selling children’s books of all time, “Wonka” tells the wondrous story of how the world’s greatest inventor, magician and chocolate-maker became the beloved Willy Wonka we know today.

From Paul King, writer/director of the “Paddington” films, David Heyman, producer of “Harry Potter,” “Gravity,” “Fantastic Beasts” and “Paddington,” and producers Alexandra Derbyshire (the “Paddington” films, “Jurassic World: Dominion”) and Luke Kelly (“Roald Dahl’s The Witches”), comes an intoxicating mix of magic and music, mayhem and emotion, all told with fabulous heart and humor.  Starring Timothée Chalamet in the title role, this irresistibly vivid and inventive big-screen spectacle will introduce audiences to a young Willy Wonka, chock-full of ideas and determined to change the world one delectable bite at a time—proving that the best things in life begin with a dream, and if you’re lucky enough to meet Willy Wonka, anything is possible.

Starring alongside Chalamet are Calah Lane, Emmy and Peabody Award winner Keegan-Michael Key, Paterson Joseph, Matt Lucas, Mathew Baynton, Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins, Rowan Atkinson, Jim Carter, with Oscar winner Olivia Colman and Hugh Grant. The film also stars Natasha Rothwell, Rich Fulcher, Rakhee Thakrar, Tom Davis and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith.

Simon Farnaby & Paul King wrote the screenplay, based on a story by King and characters created by Roald Dahl. Michael Siegel, Cate Adams, Rosie Alison, and Tim Wellspring are serving as executive producers. King’s behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography Chung-Hoon Chung, Oscar-nominated production designer Nathan Crowley, editor Mark Everson, Oscar-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming, and composer Joby Talbot. Neil Hannon of the band The Divine Comedy is writing original songs for the film.

Warner Bros. Pictures Presents, in Association with Village Roadshow Pictures, a Heyday Films Production, a Paul King Confection, “Wonka,” set to open in cinemas in the UK & Ireland 8th December 2023; it will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.

About Warner Bros. Discovery Global Consumer Products 

Warner Bros. Discovery Global Consumer Products (WBDGCP), part of Warner Bros. Discovery Global Brands, Franchises, and Experiences, extends the company’s powerful portfolio of entertainment brands and franchises into the lives of fans around the world. WBDGCP partners with best-in-class licensees globally on award-winning toy, fashion, home décor, and publishing programs inspired by the biggest franchises from Warner Bros.’ film, television, animation, and games studios, HBO, Discovery, DC, Cartoon Network, HGTV, Eurosport, Adult Swim, and more. With innovative global licensing and merchandising programs, retail initiatives, and promotional partnerships, WBDGCP is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.

WONKA and all related characters and elements © & ™ Warner Bros. Discovery Global Consumer Products Entertainment Inc. (s23)

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1 COMMENT

  1. This is a great feature, Daniel. Thanks for sharing! Rumor has it that Tom is also designing the eyewear for Beetlejuice 2!
    He is a dynamically creative designer and so much fun to chat with, kudos for this capture and feature, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
    Thanks!
    Best,
    Suzanne

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