Independent styling accomplished through innovative techniques and traditional know how. Designs, patterns and colors all intended to surprise and delight the wearer with effortless chic.
By Francesca deBoer, Eyewear Architect
Lafont is a chic, world-renowned Parisian eyewear brand. It began in 1923 as a small, family owned Paris boutique, only selling hearing aids and spectacles. This third generation, independent company prides themselves on its elegance within its collections, as well as its close family values.
Philippe Lafont, and his Parisian fashion designer wife Laurence, continue their great-grandfather Louis’ art deco inspiration by transforming and producing eyewear into a major fashion accessory. Talk about a power couple! This dynamic duo has collaborated with exclusive fashion houses like Hermes and Chanel, and because they have over 90 years of experience, their luxury frames continue to escalate in shapes, colors, details and premium craftsmanship.
Lafont glasses are handmade in France, with over 330,000 frames manufactured a year and 120 models in each new collection. They have over 200 color combinations and a large selection of mix-matched materials, such as print fabrics inserted between two sheets of acetate, panther designs, horn and tortoise shell. Each frame has its own Parisian flair!
Below are a few questions from an interview with the current Chief Creator and family member, Thomas Lafont.*
What are your sources of inspiration?
I have many, all very diverse and eclectic. Inspiration is something that needs to be nurtured as well. Similar to an athlete, inspiration and creativity requires training. My sketchbook never leaves my side; it enables me to put down on to paper my ideas and thoughts that come äóñ whether it be during an art exhibition, a vacation with my family or even during a meeting with co-workers the creative process never stops! This constant inspiration and expressions requires curiosity and an inquiring mind.
How is a pair of glasses designed?
It all starts with a sketch. My initial ideas and the unique features of the frame begin to come to life on paper. I then produce a technical scale drawing that forms the basis for the works carried out in the factory.
How long does it take to make a pair of glasses?
Not many people know that manufacturing a pair of glasses takes 8-14 weeks and involves 120-220 successive operations, depending on the complexity of the product. Most of these processes are manual, some are automatic.
What are the distinguishing features of a pair of high-quality glasses?
The precision of its assembly, the attention to detail of its finish, the balance of design and the uniformity along with harmony of the color scheme.
What qualities exemplify a great pair of glasses?
Style and comfort in everyday use. A pair of glasses is not just an accessory; it provides the first hint of an individual’s personality. The wearer must enjoy a frame and feel that it is completely consistent with his or her look and mindset. A great pair of glasses, with all its detail and complexity must above all be an extension of the individual.
Eclectic Eye could not agree more with Thomas Lafont’s statements. Through the entire Eclectic Eye process, we strive to ensure you absolutely LOVE your frame.
We’re honored to have such a reputable brand on our shelves, and lucky for you, we recently received some of Lafont’s newest collection for men, women and children. Stop by and take a look around!
*Interview can be found on the Lafont website.