Archibald Optics: luxury, artisanal eyewear

A chic debut online collection of glasses and sunglasses, all handcrafted in Japan

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.

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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.

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