Sunglasses with an altruistic focus

Pascal Mathieu reconditions used sunglasses and ski goggles to protect the eyes of Nepalese communities

Pascal Mathieu handmade sunglasses: from top, Aviateur, Ronde and Carrée, £467 each
Pascal Mathieu handmade sunglasses: from top, Aviateur, Ronde and Carrée, £467 each

Last year, Pascal Mathieu launched his eponymous brand of brushed-steel and aluminium sunglasses, which are handmade in France by a team of 23 artisans. Alongside it, he also set up the charitable Association Pascal Mathieu Mont Blanc, which has collection points throughout the mountain range of Chamonix, Megève, Verbier and Courmayeur for skiers and summer visitors to donate their old sunglasses and goggles. Mathieu has them reconditioned and, in collaboration with NGO Shades of Love, distributes them across remote Himalayan villages in Nepal, where 80 per cent of the population living above 3,000m suffers from irreversible ocular lesions. Pascal Mathieu’s handmade collection comes in three styles, Aviateur, Carrée and Ronde (all £467), and three colours; for every pair sold, 10 of the reconditioned pairs are donated to communities in Nepal.

Mathieu’s reconditioned sunglasses are donated to Himalayan communities
Mathieu’s reconditioned sunglasses are donated to Himalayan communities

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