Independent Eyewear <3 Independent Optometry
Article One is an independent eyewear company based in Flint, Michigan. We produce handcrafted eyewear in Italy with complete brand transparency and a spotlight on the hands that craft our frames. We are proponents of supporting independent optical, giving back to our community, and thoughtful design.
Article One frames are handmade in a small village in Northern Italy at the base of the Dolomites. The family-owned factory we work with has 12 craftsman who are experts in what they do. We work to give credit where credit is due by shining a light on the hands that touch each frame.
The care put into each frame results in quality you can feel.
Supporting small business
Prescription eyeglasses are a medical device and should be thoroughly customized to ensure the best experience for the wearer. We are not only passionate about supporting small business, we believe it's incredibly important for glasses to work properly, meaning an optical professional should be involved from start to finish.
Forging a path off the beaten trail
An integral part of our progression was founder Wes’s decision to move the company from Chicago to Flint, MI. While an unlikely city for a fashion startup, Flint’s community has proved to be inspiring, supportive and resilient. Further, it has proved integral in shaping Article One. We are surrounded by a community of tenacious doers who want to see their neighbors succeed.