Activist Eyewear is a Brooklyn brand that has developed a new original concept of urban style eyewear. The classic front of Activist Eyewear's glasses is combined with forked “Split-Fit” temples – the brand’s innovation – which ensures greater stability on the face, increasing grip & comfort. This feature - which later became the brand's know-how - has made the Activist Eyewear's glasses a perfect accessory for doing sports, together with the brand’s excellent polarized lenses. Each pair of glasses is manufactured in Japan and comes in a set with a waxed cotton case and coloured cleaning cloths.
Activist Eyewear's motto is «Designed in Brooklyn and Made in Japan».
AHLEM is a luxury eyewear brand founded by designer Ahlem Manai-Platt. AHLEM frames are designed in California and produced by hand in France. Ahlem designer sunglasses are made with vintage acetates and superior lenses for uncompromising protection on sunny days. Easily recognized by subtle detailing, beveled temples and rounded edges, AHLEM eyewear is inspired by Paris ; its architecture, energy and most importantly its people.
British eyewear brand CUTLER AND GROSS was founded by Graham Cutler and Tony Gross.Together they launched Cutler and Gross in 1969 and opened their own store with a workshop upstairs where the exclusive eyewear was designed and assembled by hand. In 1982, Marie Wilkinson joined the company as a Design Director and has been holding the post to present day. The same year, at Paris Fashion Week, Tony Gross for the first time presented the new collection that had a tremendous success and won the recognition of artists, architects, designers and other art workers. In recent years many eyewear companies have opted for mass production, yet Cutler and Gross has not followed this path. The company upholds its traditional values and today handcrafts its frames based on the processes it originally used. Cutler and Gross production facility is based at its factory in Cadore, Italy due to the level of craftsmanship provided and the quality the Italian workers can supply.
FAKOSHIMA X RIA KEBURIA is a limited eyewear collection created in collaboration between FAKOSHIMA and RIA KEBURIA. Every new collection created by Ria Keburia, a Georgian designer, currently based in Paris, becomes an explosive event, covered by the most notorious fashion publications. FAKOSHIMA’s vanguard sunglasses have quickly become admired by thousands of people all over the world and are now filling the pages of fashion magazines and, according to expert opinions, have firm chances to influence the new-coming trends.
Garrett Leight California Optical was founded by Garrett Leight in 2009 in California. GLCO designers believe that the right way to make handmade eyewear is combining authentic design and high quality materials with the work of true craftsmen. The company’s manufacturer creates the fairest priced and most valuable eyewear combining timeless classics with a contemporary feel.
The HARDY AMIES eyewear collection draws inspiration from the man himself: his work, his life and his attitude to fashion. This luxury collection of vintage inspired frames exudes class and sophistication with the emphasis on impeccable design and attention to detail.
ISSON is an Australian avant-garde eyewear brand that has been owned and operated by Catherine Federici and her husband Marco since 2002. All ISSON frames are Australian designed, and hand-made using high quality materials including Italian acetate and Japanese steel, ensuring strength, durability and longevity. ISSON’s eyewear designs are as striking and playful as they are ‘intelligent’ and functional.
Karen Walker sunglasses was launched in 2005 and feature frames which have roots in vintage, but are infused with a modern flare. Karen Walker, a New Zealand born designer, has become famous ever since debuting her unpretentious runway collection having a reputation for its originality, quality, effortless cool and sense of fun.
Karen Walker’s sunglass designs are quite an eclectic mix, bringing together many elements with a surprising ease. They embody tailored and street, masculine and feminine, dark and bright.
Ksubi is an iconic Australian fashion brand created in 2000 by Dan Single and George Gorrow. The Ksubi’s collection is simple yet built with an eclectic mix of styles, inspired by comic pop, steam punk and vintage, creating a contrasting but harmonic and original look.
Kuboraum designers claim that their eyewear obtains the power of a mask, changes the perception of oneself, highlights one’s personality and emphasizes the character. They believe that those who wear Kuboraum eyewear accept the challenge to set free their identity. These eyeglasses represent cubic room, a new dimension created to accentuate your personality.
The brand was founded in Berlin by Livio Graziottin and Sergio Eusebi.
All eyewear is designed in Berlin and handmade in Italy.
LOTHO is a brand of high-end fashion minded high quality eyewear, established in 2008 in Paris. LOTHO makes a strong emphasis on design, reinventing classic and yet modern shapes, combining materials and colors to create unique forms and styles. Each LOTHO frame is handmade in Japan and meets the highest standards of quality.
LPLR Eyewear (acronym for "La Petite Lunette Rouge» — «Little Red Glasses») is exclusively designed and handmade in France. The LPLR designers wished to revisit the popular 80s "clip on" by adding a characteristic double bridge with a red top line on all their frames, the LPLR unique brand signature.
MORE THAN 200 MANUFACTURING STEPS
All frames are handmade in Japan. Quality control is carried out under the watchful eye of our eyewear master who ensures that the highest standards are met at all 232 manufacturing steps from over 8 specialized workshops.
All of our eyewear is painstakingly crafted by hand in the artisinal eyewear workshops of Japan. Each Matsuda creation represents over 45 years of design history and heritage. Only the finest materials, including celluloid acetate, titanium, sterling silver, 18K solid gold, and 22.5K gold plating are used in each creation.
NATIVE SONS is a luxury Japanese handmade eyewear brand.
All NATIVE SONS acetates are made from original cellulose (plant) with original long-diamond-tooled core wires and original arrow-shaped hinge design constructed using an old school star-nut configuration to adjust and hold hinge tension, making it harder to loosen. The beauty marks accenting the front connections and side temples are striped, finished in antique plating then hand-polished to leave a hairline finish.
Metal frames are constructed in weld-lug style and are very bold, created with high-grade titanium, antique plated and hand finished. The temples are an interesting paddle configuration set to a length that will maintain tension on the temporal protrusion just behind the ear.
NILOCA eyewear is handcrafted in the brand’s workshops in Australia, France and Japan. The Australian NILOCA Eyewear workshop was founded in 1963 and is one of the oldest workshops in the world. The Japanese NILOCA titanium factory is currently run by the Great-Great-Great-Great Grandson of the original founder.
NILOCA designs are based on strong Industrial Design principals fused with an Optician's clout for frame fitting and colour selection. Some NILOCA frames take 4 years to reach production.
RVS Eyewear is produced by hand by Japanese and Italian artisans with years of tradition in the eyewear business. Each RVS frame is made from only the finest Japanese and Italian materials in only matte finish. Every final detail on each RVS frame is finalized in hand, including the brand’s signature hand painted red hinge screws. Each RVS frame is produced in limited quantities and dated with its exact date of production to assure the clients they are purchasing a truly one of a kind piece of eyewear.
Sabine Be is an eyewear brand created by Sabine Bégault-Vagner, optician and designer in Orléans. Sabine’s collection, handmade in France, is unique and distinctive with elegant frames that truly represent her own personality. The quality in the detail is of the utmost importance.
Thom Browne, a designer who is best known for the workmanship and his almost obsessive attention to details, was awarded the 2013 Menswear Designer of the Year by The Council of Fashion Designers of America. In 2011, he teamed up with the LA-based luxury eyewear designer, Dita, to release unisex sunglasses styles inspired by the master architects, studio artists, industrial designers and professors of the 40s, 50s and 60s.
Each eyewear style is marked with the signature Thom Browne red, white and blue logo tip and four stripe hinge. For his metal collection, all eyewear frames are made of high-grade titanium delivering strength, lightness and comfort.
“As a designer, I’m supposed to be provoking people’s reactions, and getting people to see things differently. […] That’s the only way things move forward.”