"I still have vivid memories of meeting Tony at Optometry College in London. We were looking for something to occupy ourselves at lunchtimes, and Tony suggested poker. So he taught me how to play and groups of us would play each day for money. He had been a professional player before going to College, so was very successful! We also discovered that we had met a lot of the same people in our earlier rambles around Soho.
After College our friendship continued, and we ended up working for the same group of optometrists in London, and often working together. We started talking about opening our own practice, where we would each be able to work just six months of the year. Obviously that plan didn't work out!
Tony was a lovely, gregarious man, with a wide circle of friends, and I know we shall all miss his presence in our lives."
- Graham Cutler
"It is with great sadness that we report the passing of our co-founder Tony Gross.
He was without question a pioneer, turning eyewear into the genuine fashion accessory infused with sex appeal and glamour that we know today. The first three decades of the brand’s existence had much to do with Tony’s formidable social appetite and his ability to mix just as easily with Royalty and music stars, as with his wonderful friends that filled the Cutler and Gross stores. Tony’s enthusiasm and taste were undeniably infectious, and coupled with his skill as an Optometrist drew huge cross-sections of people to the brand. His spirit continues to give Cutler and Gross its unique and much loved personality to this day.
He will be sorely missed."
- Marie Wilkinson