Eyewear – Handmade In Europe

Eyewear – Handmade In Europe

Are you a supporter and campaigner when it comes to European handmade products? Would you agree with the quality of items made in Europe has a long-standing chance of lasting a long time?

Does your eyewear showcase who you are as a personality?

I have worn eyewear all my life.  I class myself self an expert when it comes to high-end luxury frames. 

Eyewear Personality

What is your message when you choose to wear eyewear? Are you a conservative character that chooses understated frames?  Or are you bold enough to opt for stylish, quirky colour frames?

Whether one is into fashion or not, what we wear speaks volumes about how we want the world to see us. So why not have a little fun with frames and imbue the kind of clever messages you want to portray this summer. Let me inspire you to opt for these atelier frames that are not mainstream brands as we all want to be seen in.

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Kirk & Kirk Handmade In France

I have been wearing various different frames form Kirk & Kirk for many years. No matter where I wear with them around the globe. I always get complimented on my frame style and colour.

This luxury acrylic creates a supremely comfortable and lightweight frame. I have broken my nose twice so it is hard to find frames that feel comfortable but the Kirk & Kirk brands always feel brilliant on my nose.

Using Italian acrylic, the glasses are produced in one factory in France from start to finish.

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Italy is known for eyewear around the globe it is fair to say they dominated the eyewear industry for many years.

Owner, Jason Kirk comes from a background of eyewear creators. His passion and expertise are evident when it comes to luxury frames. Regarding shape and colour, Kirk & Kirk creates unique, distinctive material in colours that are often imitated, but impossible to duplicate. I am a big fan of their two-tone frames. Nearly all the frames are very gender-neutral.

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This is why their frames are so niche they stand alone when it comes to fashion and style.

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Made In Venice Ottica Urbani

Tucked away just around the corner from the famous Piazza San Marco is an eyewear brand called Ottica Urbani. This eyewear brand is made here in Venice. They represent more eccentric and quirky frames. The frames material are made out of acetate.

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It comes to no surprise seeing Elton John photo with owner Lorenzo.

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Lorenzo likes to make frames that offer a more artistic choice for his customers. Certainly not shying away from bold designs and colours. Lorenzo understands the art of atelier and born here in Venice his inspiration for frame design is the City of Venice. One is surrounded by opulence and artisan dream when it comes to the creation of new things.

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If you have a high bridge nose these frames when adjusted are a great fit.

My favourite has to be the gondola frame. When in Venice one must take a gondola

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Support European Brands

Access to manufacturing around the globe is very challenging right now.  The message is clear. Europe needs to rise above its atelier of cheap fast fashion and return to its roots when it comes to European quality goods.

Anything made in France or Italy has stood the test of time. No one can replicate eyewear frames that are handmade and are well thought out both in design and durability.

Jason and Lorenzo understand the art of atelier eyewear. How many cheap eyewear frames do you have and never wear? Get rid of them. The mood of decluttering is a global trend. So you are best to invest in high-quality frames that make you feel happy.

When in Venice you need good eyewear to make sure you can see doors that needed to be adjusted in order to get into your room.


About The Author

Gracie Opulanza

Global menswear and luxury lifestyle journalist. Co-founder and editor in chief of Men Style Fashion. GracieOpulanza.com is my personal blog.

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