Bespoke spectacle-makers

As trendsetters, fashion’s early adopters, or steadfast guardians of all that is timeless: spectacle-makers have always been renowned for their talent. If their work is primarily about design, many of them have understood that this goes hand-in-hand with made-to-measure.

Designers are constantly bubbling with new ideas: change is their stock-in-trade. Creating involves taking risks, trying things out, and especially, breaking new ground. While some seek perfection in high-quality craftsmanship, others are consistently exploring new technologies.

A made-to-measure challenge

Made-to-measure is a challenge for makers, as every piece needs to be designed for a particular face and to suit the individual’s tastes. For brands, though, it is mainly an asset that helps them attract a discerning clientèle and offer this service for non-standard faces.

British spectacle-maker Tom Davies’ brand offers you high-end glasses in which your personality will play an incredibly important role

© Tom Davies

British spectacle-maker Tom Davies’ brand offers high-end glasses in which your personality will play an incredibly important role. Made-to-measure, handcrafted frames in acetate, horn, or titanium are intended to suit your lifestyle, your wishes, and your likes.

This involves an appointment to identify what you want and help you achieve the pair of glasses that best suits your face, as well as your innermost self. A feat of manufacturing where there are no shortcuts!

Make an appointment to identify what you want and help you achieve the pair of glasses that best suits your face with Tom Davies.

© Tom Davies

In Los Angeles, Dom Vetro combines the best of American expertise with Italian quality – in fact, the designer initially trained in the Italian Alps before taking off for the United States. The brand has a single philosophy: spectacle-wearers deserve the best that craftsmanship and made-to-measure have to offer. Everything, from the colors to the style and any engravings on the arms, is chosen by the client. Then it’s time for actual manufacture, by hand, a task that takes more than 10 days’ work.

Dom Vetro combines the best of American expertise with Italian quality to make you the best glasses you will ever have.

© Dom Vetro

Creative craftsman Wolf Schnuchel set up in a workshop near Hamburg, with a team of 10 people, to offer “semi-made-to-measure” glasses.

So what does that mean? No, not that your measurements will be halved, but that you’ll be able to choose your desired frame style from 40 designs and the Italian acetate that will adorn your eyes from 250 colors, and to adjust the size of your glasses to fit your face. All handmade by Schnuchel’s craftspeople. Made-to-measure has never been within such easy reach!

Be able to choose your desired frame style from 40 designs and the color of the Italian acetate that will adorn your eyes with Wolf Schnuchel.

© Wolf Schnuchel

Whether they use luxury materials or follow tradition with acetate or metal, designer bespoke spectacle-makers are fearless. They break new ground to meet specific requirements, but are also forerunners in fashion and technology. Made-to-measure is no longer an extravagant choice!

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