The Indie
Eyewear Brands You Should Know

The Indie Eyewear Brands You Should Know

Glasses are too impactful to be an afterthought

Indie eyewear brands to know in 2023

I remember the day I got my first pair of glasses. I was five-years-old and they were from Wal-Mart. We were living in Kentucky at the time and this would have been 1996. They were comically large and, given my parents' income at the time, probably on clearance. But, man, was I hooked. For years, eyewear has been a part of my style and personal identity. While most days I wear contacts for convenience, I couldn't imagine not reaching for my frames when I first wake up. On more than one occasion, I have contemplated getting LASIK, but then I would be like boring ol' everyone else with 20/20 vision.

I've come a long way since the aviator-style Wal-Mart glasses from my kindergarten days and now appreciate frames as a form of art unto itself. While the eyewear market is inundated with discount frames, designer shades and the Warby Parkers of the world, if you're looking for something a little more bespoke, we've compiled a handful of independent brands to keep an eye out for (pun very much intended).


The Indie
Eyewear Brands
to Know in 2023

OPR Eyewear

Italian husband and wife team, Idriss and Federica, have created a brand of eyewear that takes their continental heritage and updates it for the modern wearer. Everything about the process is hands-on, from sourcing the acetate to hand-making the frames with artisans across Italy. With complementary frames to fit a variety of face shapes and skin tones, OPR's selection is nearly limitless due to their customization options and consultation-like approach to address individual needs for every wearer.

Stefano frame,
$295 by OPR Eyewear


Above I mention that some glasses fit certain features and skin tones better than others. This is probably not a thought that many people have had before, especially if you're white. You see, much of the eyewear industry uses Caucasian and Asian features as the starting point for design. Kimeze, on the other hand, looks to Black faces as the benchmark to their design and offers adaptations like adjustable nosepads for lower, wider or flatter bridges. This ability to maneuver within an untapped market is equitable to their customers and brilliant from a business POV. It levels the playing field while still creating an expansive collection of bespoke and small batch options for any glasses wearer.

Diop frame,
$299 by Kimeze


If you're looking for a brand that is avant-garde without being costumey, take a look at Rigards. Utilizing an array of luxury materials (including horn, wood, copper, and aerospace-grade aluminum and magnesium), Rigards creates futuristic-looking designs unlike anything else in the market. While they may not be for everyone, it's hard to deny the visual effects some of their designs have. Each frame is bespoke and made by hand, making it a brand that relies on old world techniques to create contemporary frames.

RG0086 frame,
$395 by Rigards



A complete 180 from Rigards is Cubitts, a familiar name to some in the menswear world but overall not a brand on many people's radar. Cubitts creates traditional frames that have a British flavor to them, making them perfect for the Negroni-drinking crowd or someone who has a few bespoke suits in their closet. I like Cubitts for its simplicity in messaging and design. These glasses' designs aren't fueled by trends, but can easily be your frame of choice at ages 18 or 80 and still look great. Plus, the ZEISS lenses, with “DuraVision” coatings are top notch.

Anson frame,
$200 by Cubitts


Similar to Cubitts, Lohause is a Portugal-based company that creates classic designs meant to last years. The names for their glasses indicate that the brand takes inspiration from a bygone era but with a modern update. They carry frames such as the Hepburn, the Hockney, and the Winston, looking to past historical figures for inspiration but not pigeon-holing the wearer into the retro-vintage quicksand of so many other brands. Instead, Lohause's artsy editorials and creative color options gives it a decidedly contemporary feel for anyone on the lookout for a quality acetate frame at a great price point.

Jurgen frame,
$156 by Lohause



The number of adults worldwide that wear glasses. According to the Vision Council of America, about 75% of the adult population worldwide uses vision correction products, and 64% of them wear glasses.

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