Cellulose acetate - the selvage denim of eyewear materials

Cellulose acetate or acetate eyewear revolutionized the eyewear market in the 1920s and 1930s. 

However, being an artificial material, cellulose acetate has natural roots. Acetate is made from cotton and processed through a chemical process to create a durable, lightweight material that is easy to color. 

 At the beginning of the last century, cellulose acetate revolutionized the eyewear and accessory market. It was easier to fabricate, faster to work on, and more cost-effective than natural materials like horn or wood. Therefore cellulose acetate has been used in various items like buttons, combs, pieces of musical instruments, and of course, glasses. The base material was easy to color, especially in stunning marble finishes. Due to these characteristics, the market for glasses was revolutionized by this material. 

 Like 100 years ago, we have the basic material for our eyewear, the acetate plates, manufactured in Italy. The plates are the raw material for our frames. The frames are then milled, polished, and assembled by hand in a small traditional workshop in Portugal. The shapes we use all have historical roots and are classics in eyewear history. 

 We offer our frames with and without sunglasses. For lenses for our sunglasses, we only use well-known manufacturers such as Zeiss or Sel Optical to provide the highest quality available.

All pictures made in collaboration with our friends from  "fein und ripp" Berlin (Aljoscha, Marlon & Joachim) & clemenskerberphotography