At 26-years-old, Rohan Dhir is an ambitious man. Not only has he decided to join the already crowded world of luxury eyewear, but he has set his e-shop, Archibald Optics, the goal of creating the finest glasses in the world. Oh, and he is determined to “disrupt luxury” – by selling direct to the customer – in the process.
The glasses are very lovely indeed – handmade in Fukui, Japan by a team of highly skilled artisans. Technically minded consumers will be impressed to discover that the sunglasses come fitted with Japanese 1.5 index polarised UV400-rated lenses as standard, while the glasses come with high-end ultra-thin 1.67 hi-index MAR lenses –though specific requests can be accommodated.
The aesthetically minded, however, might be more interested in the frames. Currently available in eight classic unisex silhouettes, plus the slightly wing-shaped ladies’ frame Isabel (£165, first picture), the pieces are made from either acetate or titanium, and each one is etched with a unique production number on the temple. Colours range from the subtly glamorous Champagne (available on Oscar sunglasses, £165, second picture) to the head-turning Sapphire Blue (available on Blaksmith sunglasses, £175) via the chicly understated Havana Brown (available on Stewart glasses, £175, third picture).
Whether these are, indeed, the finest glasses in the world has yet to be proven, but judging by this debut collection, Rohan Dhir has reason to be cheerful.