Our brands and their origin
It started with a desire that couldn’t be denied any longer: It was 1987 and we were hungry. Hungry for a different pair of glasses. And we were fired up to get to work.
Together with Patrick Hoet (designer and anagram namesake of ‘Theo’) we decided to create original eyewear for our shops in Antwerp and Bruges.
The first Theo models launched made a bit of a splash and enthusiasm is contagious! Colleagues were soon asking whether they too could sell Theo in their shops. Little by little and country by country, Theo won over more hearts. This had an impact on us of course. It encouraged us to continue on our chosen path.
We were increasingly determined to design glasses that always incorporate a touch of humour, individuality and a certain edge. And we’ve stayed true to this vision.
After all, our goal has never changed. Together with the Theo optician, to offer the glasses-wearer an unforgettable experience.
Now, a good 25 years later, we are tremendously proud to be able to collaborate worldwide with a select group of individual opticians who have embraced Theo and who in turn, bring our love for design, originality and quality to their customers.
But our story doesn’t end here. Theo continues to grow into a platform where designers of all kinds (glasses, fashion, furniture, etc) can work in synergy with a small army of enthusiastic employees in our warehouse in Antwerp. The drive to keep on inspiring and surprising is simply in our DNA. That and our love for our fans. Theo (really) does love you.
Anne & Valentin is a brand born from the wild dream of two opticians from Toulouse, France. The couple, looking for graphic and original frames for their friends, decided to create what they couldn’t find. Today, still driven by fierce independence and a familial state of mind, Anne & Valentin continue to develop a vision that embodies research, fuelled by the highest standards and their love for the object itself.
Francis Klein is a family-run business, designer frames for eyeglasses, created by optician Francis Klein and his wife Michèle. They realised glasses had become true fashion accessories, so they decided to stand out from the market by launching their own original collection. Today, their two daughters Dixie and Betty continue to develop the business’ reputation in a Parisian showroom. If the brand is rejuvenated, its core values remain the same: craftsmanship, elegance and creativity.
Turning her childhood dream into reality, Sabine Be, a former optician, fond of colours and different materials, decided to launch her own brand. Each one of her frames reflects her playfulness. Fresh and unique designs, extra-vibrant colour choices, dedication to focal detail… the polished aesthetics is all handmade in France.
l.a.Eyeworks began on September 9, 1979 when Barbara McReynolds and Gai Gherardi opened a single storefront on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, California. The original whim for this adventure? To challenge the prevailing norms of eyewear with proposals for a new, provocative revelation of the face.
More than four decades and hundreds of frame designs later, l.a.Eyeworks remains a privately owned house of optical imagination, encompassing two namesake retail stores in Los Angeles and a wholesale company that channels its influential designs to a global network of independent opticians and retailers.
Launched in 1995, FACE A FACE is a contemporary eyewear brand founded in France by Pascal Jaulent, Nadine Roth and Alyson Magee, and have since moved headquarters to Denmark. FACE A FACE is an audacious, non-conformist eyewear brand. It was born from Parisian artistic culture more than 25 years ago and has been evolving with it ever since. The collections draw inspiration from modern art, architecture, contemporary design and fashion trends.
J.F. REY is an independent designer of high-end optical and sunglass frames. Founded in France by Jean-François Rey in the 90s, the brand cultivates a distinctive style and explores aesthetic universes beyond the standard. It places particular importance on precision, finish and the use of innovative, durable materials.
The first Vinylize frame was carved by hand from a 12″ Creedence Clearwater Revival album and held together with cigar box hinges. In 2000, Zachary Tipton hit the road to find a way to manufacture frames made from records. In 2004 he joined forces with his brother Zoltan and they established their own factory. Today every Vinylize frame is handmade in the European Union. Currently over three tons of records are processed yearly into eyewear and accessories, but our goal remains the same: to make exceptional eyewear that speaks for itself.
Founded in Berlin in 2003, the first MYKITA premises were settled in a former children’s day care, Kita in German. This inspired not only the name My Kita, but also our culture of curiosity and play. With no one to manufacture our original eyewear designs, the decision was made to set up in-house production. Developing tools and processes to meet design requirements has since become a principle of how MYKITA operates, and one of our greatest assets. The interplay between people and disciplines drives the joy for experimentation and commitment to quality reflected in our products.
AHLEM was launched in 2014 by Paris-born, Los Angeles-based designer, Ahlem Manai‑Platt.
The timeless applications of early 20th century Bauhaus design principles are of particular resonance and serve as a consistent aesthetic reference. Each pair of AHLEM glasses tells a story of artisanal expertise: Throughout production, glasses travel to three specialized ateliers and into the hands of nine skilled artisans, each with a particular craft passed down through generations. Maintaining a fierce loyalty to these artisans and preserving their knowledge and traditions is core to our mission.