This February 2018, the Taylor Morris team hit the road with Morgan Motors and drove to the Yorkshire Dales to capture the Taylor Morris X Morgan Motors collaboration in true British style.
After braving the elements on our afternoon adventure, the friendly team at Middleton Lodge opened up The Forge Barn for an evening of gin tasting thanks to Mór Irish Gin. Our barman Tom made us a selection of cocktails from the Pineapple Gin & Wild Berries Mór Gin including 'Pineapple and Gingerale' and 'Gin & juice'.
After a few drinks we walked over to The Coach House for a delicious dinner in the private dining room. Favourites included the chargrilled brocolli, soy-glazed duck & our photographer Grey was very curious about the crispy hen's egg; "A really nice scotch egg" he concluded.
We ended the night back at The Forge Barn, chatting by the fire accompanied by some questionable music choices and late-night jenga.
MEETING AT MIDDLETON LODGE
Following a five hour drive from London Morgan in a Plus 4, the team arrived at the beautiful Georgian retreat; Middleton Lodge. Set in 200 acres of rural North Yorkshire, we explored the grounds before settling in at The Farmhouse. After the drivers enjoyed some well-deserved massages in the treatment rooms, we drove to a local pub and became acquainted with the neighbours. After a great night's sleep, the team woke bright and early to a delicious breakfast in The Coachouse followed by a morning of discovering the lodge. After a cycle round the grounds, the team warmed up with a quick meal in The Farmhouse and set off for an afternoon drive in The Yorkshire Dales.
Video by Pogo Films
Hugo & Charlie desired to partner with a lifestyle brand which shares the same British sensibilities, has a luxurious and certain eccentricity to their designs, and a commitment to craftsmanship. These factors combined with a rich British heritage, they found the perfect partner within Morgan Motors.
The Morgan Motor Company Ltd. was established in 1909 by H.F.S. Morgan with the design of the Morgan three-wheeler. Morgan cars have long become famous the world over for their unique blend of charisma, quality materials, craftsmanship and performance. The ethos at Morgan remains unchanged: all cars are coach built and subjected to continual development to offer the responsive thoroughbred performance with which the name is associated
In conversation with Hugo, Charlie & Jon Wells
Taylor Morris’ harmonious amalgamation of classical design with modern materials, innovative design features and fine craftsmanship have made our frames distinctive.
Taylor Morris is proud to build a legacy as creator of beautifully crafted objects, reinforced over time by a founding oath for continual improvement in all aspects of the brand and a promise to customers of honesty, loyalty and generosity, signified on every Taylor Morris frame by 3 circles.
Hugo & Charlie, working very closely with the Morgan Motors' head of design Jon Wells, designed the shape based on the traditional 1930’s racing goggles, combined with current trends within the eyewear industry. The designers used the 3 wheeler Morgan as inspiration for their frames; influenced by the forward mounted engine positioning and perforated tail pipes to create a unique design.
Looking more closely at the details, the three frames are differentiated by the varying acetates used, inspired by the most popular wood finishes, as well as the lenses inspired by the most popular paint finishes. Other distinct features; the brow bar which is covered in leather inspired by the car interiors, and the Carl Zeiss CR39 polarized lenses.
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Suitable for both men and women, these polarised sunglasses are named after the founder of The Morgan Motor Company. These brow bar sunglasses with a polarized lens are exquisitely finished with intricate metal work and leather detailing. Inspired by Morgan’s unique and achingly cool 3-wheeler, this frame combines the British heritage and passion for design of both companies.
- Handmade Mazzucchelli acetate frame
- Polarised CR39 lenses
- Anti-reflective lens coating
- Leather detailing
- Metal double bridge
- Outer Box, Case, Soft travel pouch, cleaning cloth