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Rigards creates what you would call "artisanal eyewear." Every pair of frames is painstakingly handcrafted by a single specialist from start to finish, which means that styles are extremely limited. This exclusivity has attracted a number of serious eyewear collectors around the world and is quickly spreading to LA, especially since H. Lorenzo on Sunset Blvd is the first US boutique to stock the brand.
Founded by two vintage frame collectors, LA-based Jean Marc Virard and Hong Kong-based Ti Kwa, the line's star quality is its use of horn—a lightweight, sustainable material that is heavily featured in antique glasses. According to the founders, the horns they use are "an organic by-product of water buffalo rearing on small African farms, and reflect our desire to make recycling a part of our culture," which is why these frames don't come cheap. Price range from $650 to $700; customized pieces that include handpicked materials are just under $789.
Although you'd think that these super expensive shades might have a hard time selling, think again: H. Lorenzo is almost sold out of every single pair. Click through the gallery for our favorite styles and start saving up.
· Rigards [Official Site]
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