Parisian Operation Custom-Designs Each Set of Frames


Time-consuming process yields unique results.

Jean Touitou, head of the French fashion label A.P.C., told GQ about why he gets his glasses at Maison Bonnet, a decades-old family business in Paris's First Arrondissement that custom-designs each set of frames. "If you walk into Bonnet, someone will have an actual pen and an actual piece of paper and actually design glasses for you," Toutiou reported. "They take the time to analyze your eyes, your nose your hairs, the whole thing." The glasses are "a bit pricy" and take two and a half to months to be made. Once Touitou requested a pair of frames inspired by the work of designer Yves Saint Laurent. The reply: "But monsieur, which year?"

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