How did you get started?
“Doing things differently is key to the Kirk & Kirk ethos. Jason’s forebears, brothers Sidney and Percy Kirk started their glasses brand in 1919 and were among the first to employ motorbike couriers to deliver their goods around London. This spirit of innovation is still alive. Jason and Karen founded Kirk Originals in the 1990s, drawing on a rich family heritage of design when discovering classic eyewear created by Jason’s grandfather in a suitcase, which provided inspiration for their styles.”
What challenges did you encounter?
“When you’re a small business it’s not always obvious where the money’s going to come from for simple things like stock, and turning away customers just feels wrong. Traditional financing opportunities are slow and not reactive, whereas we needed flexibility.”