We trial the frames as a team to make sure our frames will fit all face shapes, sizes, and features they are designed for. Once they get the tick of approval, the production begins. Each pair of acetate glasses are cut out individually from a block of acetate.
A precise machine, called a CNC milling machine, sculpts the frame from a single piece of acetate, cutting the lens holes, the grooves for the hinges, and the nose bridge to make the front of the frame. The frame then goes through a dozen manual steps and heat moulding for the frame shape to take its final form and curvature so that it will fit comfortably.
How our acetate frames are made
Our acetate frames are made using a bio-based material which derives from the fibres in cotton pulp or wood, to make a compound called cellulose acetate.
Dyes are added to the acetate to create individual colours and then rolled out into a sheet. To create the patterned and multi-coloured frames you see in our stores, small acetate pieces are cut from the individually coloured sheets. Colours are chosen and mixed together to be rolled out again to create all of your favourite patterns.
No patterned frame will look the same, that’s why if you decide on a "tortoise shell" or a multi-coloured frame for your next pair of glasses, your pair will be unique!
Our Production Process