Retro eye wear is currently fashion’s biggest trend. During Milan’s MTV EMA’s last week London Rapper Tinie Tempah spoke specifically about the simple yet indispensable accessory to Forbes. “At the moment I’m quite into spectacles.” said the MC styled in Loewe, “I’ve really been enjoying experimenting with them”.
But for some, spectacles are more than a trend they are a collector’s item. Especially hand-made, one-of-a-kind eye wear custom made in France.
French eye wear company, Maison Bourgeat, a custom-design atelier, creates bespoke eye wear for these shady connoisseurs. Founded in 1879 in Morez (Jura), the birthplace of French eye wear, Maison Bourgeat remains one of the last workshops of 100% hand-made eye wear, “made in France”.
The Bourgeat atelier is located on the Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré in Paris. Here they attend to clients in search of the perfect frame.
A meeting with a Bourgeat designer is similar to a couture fitting. Multiple sessions are required for the selection, measurement, and fit. Clients select from over 200 frames, from the Maison’s one hundred year old archive, with styles that range from classic to quirky, from retro to modern.
And not to be outdone by couture, the eye wear is custom made from a range of materials including precious gold and silver metals, European horn (buffalo, zebu, gazelles), as well as ivory and tortoiseshell, all from regulated stocks.