The organization first began its journey back in 1877,with the inauguration of its first showroom in Calcutta (Kolkata) a few months shortly after Queen Victoria declared herself Empress of India.
Even in its nascent years Lawrence & Mayo had begun to develop a reputation for itself as one of nations finest opticians.
Over the years various princes, viceroys, barons and other persons of high repute choose Lawrence & Mayo as their personal optician. During the Wimbledon Finals of 1923, Queen Victoria was spotted styling the Amulet inspired glare protectors from Lawrence & Mayo.
In 1938, Lawrence & Mayo was incorporated under the Indian Companies Act (1913) as a Private Limited Company under the leadership and guidance of Mr. I C Mendonsa. It is Mr. Mendonsa and his family that laid down the foundation for Lawrence &Mayo as the family-run businessit is known astoday.
After Independence,Lawrence & Mayo re-oriented its mission, focus and objectives to support the needs of a developing India. Over the years the company has pioneered various products, services and techniques that have changed and helped shape the optical industry. In 1975, Lawrence & Mayo became the first optician in the country to introduce contact lenses. Lawrence & Mayo even setup wholly-owned manufacturing units in the major metropolitan cities across the country to ensure a steady and regular supply of contact lenses for its customers. Computer Eye-Testing, a technique used widely today to test eyesight was first brought to India and effectively implemented by Lawrence & Mayo.
Given the companys image, perception, reliability and reputation, Lawrence & Mayo became the first choice for many internationally recognized brands such as Rayban, as a platform to launch themselves into the Indian market.
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