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».
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”