Made-to-measure knowledge

Made-to-measure has its origins in the appreciation of exclusivity, art, and top quality craftsmanship. Some eyewear houses still continue this tradition of excellence today.

Made-to-measure dynasties

Maison Bourgeat still manufactures in its original premises today and is specialized in high-end bespoke glasses' creation.

© Maison Bourgeat

Excellence in craftsmanship is often a family affair. This is the case for the Bonnet family, spectacle-makers down through the generations since the 1930s. After learning from the biggest names, they founded Maison Bonnet in 1950. A prestigious brand from the outset, its made-to-measure spectacles have graced the noses of a few French presidents, and even Yves Saint-Laurent, who had a pair in tortoiseshell. The house works mainly with rare materials, and carries on traditional craft skills that have all but died out.

After receiving the title of Maître d’Art (Master of the Art) in 2000, Christian Bonnet handed over the reins to his sons. The family dynasty continues to offer custom-made glasses, and has connections to the Palais-Royal in Paris, home to the city’s most sophisticated boutiques.

The oldest house, is Maison Bourgeat, which opened its workshops in the small French town of Morez.

© Maison Bourgeat

The oldest house, though, is undoubtedly Maison Bourgeat, which opened its workshops in the small French town of Morez, in the Jura, in 1879.

The brand still manufactures in its original premises today. A specialist in high-end made-to-measure, it prefers to work with unusual materials. using traditional skills in working with precious metals, horn, exotic leathers, and tortoiseshell.

  • Maison Bourgeat develops made-to-measure design like these tortoiseshell eyeglasses.Maison Bourgeat develops made-to-measure design like these tortoiseshell eyeglasses.
  • These circular shaped glasses are handcrafted by the creator Maison Bourgeat.These circular shaped glasses are handcrafted by the creator Maison Bourgeat.
  • These thick spectacles were conceived in Maison Bourgeat french workshop. These thick spectacles were conceived in Maison Bourgeat french workshop.
  • Maison Bourgeat makes high-end unique spectacles like these ones.Maison Bourgeat makes high-end unique spectacles like these ones.
  • These Maison Bourgeat sunglasses were made using traditional skills in working with high-end materials.These Maison Bourgeat sunglasses were made using traditional skills in working with high-end materials.

While Maison Bourgeat has a wide-ranging library of frame styles, it can also craft glasses from start to finish for the most discerning customers. Three appointments are needed to develop a made-to-measure design, and the most complex models take up to several days to make.

Maison Bourgeat : made-to-measure glasses' creation

The American made-to-measure dream

After studying art, the young American Wesley Knight ventured into made-to-measure spectacles.

© Wesley Knight

A major talent can sometimes emerge completely out of the blue. There was nothing marking Wesley Knight out for spectacle-making but then… After studying art, the young American ventured into made-to-measure spectacles, and even wrote his thesis on the topic.

Wesley Knight lives now in Tennessee and exclusively manufactures frames in water buffalo horn.

© Wesley Knight

Today, Wesley Knight lives in Tennessee and exclusively manufactures frames in water buffalo horn. For this spectacle-making artist, made-to-measure is about exclusivity, individuality and, of course, head shape. Following a one-to-one meeting, it takes him 14 weeks to make a pair of glasses that are truly unique and tailored to their wearer.

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