Anne&Valentin’s sole existence is due to... Anne and Valentin.
The deeply united couple spent their lives
nurturing and expanding their brand over time.
In Toulouse, where the company was founded
and where its headquarters still harbor the core of the team,
the Anne&Valentin lively spirit has been an inspiration to many.
The Anne and Valentin were eager to start an optical store
with a different approach than what was available at the time,
with a unique selection of original, nondescript frames
and a radically different sales philosophy.
What began as a memo... on an order form has developed into the slogan for the most headstrong Belgian brand of spectacles: 'theo loves you'. To this very day the motto connects everything theo does, every decision, every collection. It was the love for their clients that made Wim Somers and Patrick Hoet, opticians with their own store, decide to design and present a collection under the name of theo. Why? Well, simple: because they wanted to offer their clients something other than the mainstream glasses that were selling at the time. So, in 1989, the first theo glasses became a fact. And they were groundbreaking. With every following collection, it became increasingly easier to reach the consumer. Today, more than 20 years later, theo is sold in 1,400 stores across 50 countries... and theo loves them all!
The Robert Marc Collection is crafted with high-quality materials such as zyl (Italian acetate) and titanium. He is known for layering contrasting and complementary colors and patterns to create depth and glamour in each frame. While each frame is unique, Robert Marc’s seasonal collections are themed, reflecting Robert’s artistic consciousness and imagination.
Richard Mewha and Rick Nelson established their own eye frame company, Bevel, in 1999. They're committed to making eyewear as essential to personal style and self-esteem as apparel or cosmetics. After all, while wearing prescription lenses corrects an optical need, it also brings attention to a primary asset: the face. Eyeglasses are universal, not gender specific, easy to maintain, and play a crucial role in our lives and daily discourse.
Recognized as one of the preeminent designers in eyewear today, Blake Kuwahara is the founder and creative director of FOCUS GROUP WEST(FGW), the Los Angeles-based, multi-disciplinary boutique design firm that takes a comprehensive approach to branding and designing for eyewear and fashion companies. Kuwahara launched his exclusive eponymous range of sunglasses and optical frames in Fall 2014.
Kuwahara’s bold experimentation and innovation have gained him a following in the fashion media and has been profiled in Vogue, ELLE, Bazaar, GQ, In Style, and Esquire and has been seen on E!, Access Hollywood, MTV, and CNN. Buzzmagazine voted Kuwahara one of the “100 Coolest People in Los Angeles” and Detour magazine called him, “a gifted talent, blessed with savvy and unmistakable sense of style.”
Mitsuhiro Matsuda first launched his unique eyewear in 1989. Matsuda’s legendary Japanese eyewear collection has long been known for its exquisite craftsmanship and impeccable attention to detail. The design and use of engraved metals are what makes this eyewear works of art with the earliest models being highly coveted by collectors. Matsuda’s creations are painstakingly crafted by hand in the artisanal eyewear workshops of Japan with each creation representing over 45 years of design history and heritage. Only the finest materials, including celluloid acetate, titanium, sterling silver and 18k gold platings are used in each creation.
Timeless... the essential word to describe Matsuda Eyewear.
Since 1953, Wissing has been producing handcrafted high quality eyewear. With their extensive variety of colors and forms, the possibilities are endless! All of Wissing’s eyewear is crafted with top-quality material for endurance and comfort.
What I love about these frames is that your imagination is the only obstacle… I help with the size and shape, and you pick the color! Wissing’s are custom made in Germany, therefore the lead time is 6-8 weeks, but well worth the wait!!
Designed by Walter Wissing, his collections are made for you to express your individuality through patterns, bold colors, or simple frames with bright accents.
Swissflex by Italee is a carefully crafted, precision-made eyewear concept incorporating a lightweight, high-technology material, applied for the first time to eyewear design.
Comfort is at the forefront of this innovative design. Everything that goes into the design and materials of this frame is of the highest quality. Each pair is a custom fit, from the frame to the lenses. You pick the style of frame, the color and the shape of the lenses (there’s a 200 to choose from!). The 2.5 stands for 2.5 grams, the weight of this frame is amazing!
The WOOW collection has been imagined by Nadine Roth and Pascal Jaulent, cofounders of FACE à FACE.
Between traditional and casual, chic and off-beat with a “trendy London” feel, the WOOW style will speak to all women and men with a sense of humor.
Anti-crisis eyewear! The little message inserted in the end tip of the frame will make the wearer smile first thing in the morning… Better than a coach!
The frames are characterized by a unicolor front and “sleeved” two-toned temples, the end tip bearing a little “poking” message.
The soft, rounded metallic insert, covered by a thin layer of resin, is inspired by the superb keys of old typewriters.
Zenka Eyewear is the quint essential form of customizable! With countless interchangeable clips, the options are endless.
Patricia Chamoille had been working as an optician for 25 years when she decided to cross the divide separating retailers from designers and to develop her own collection of customizable eyewear. Zenka has won many awards in the optical field, including an innovative technological award at an eyewear show located in Silmo, France.
Zenka frames and clips are handmade in France with some of the most light weight, durable materials. The frames themselves come in many different shapes and colors. Then there are the clips… oh the clips! They come in every color imaginable, along with different patterns and different shapes. Now you can have a frame for every day of the week!
Comfort and design are the strong points of Etnia Barcelona glasses. Their exhaustive knowledge of facial features is transferred to each piece, thereby producing some of the most comfortable eyewear in the world.
Working with the best strategic partners for each piece of a pair of eyeglasses provide us with the most technologically advanced resources: from the highest quality Barberini lens to the design of an intelligent hinge mechanism co-produced with Comotec.
Lenses used at Etnia Barcelona are the best lenses available in the world; mineral lenses made by Barberini in Italy, with the most advanced technology using natural crystal materials.