Parisian style, handmade by artisans
Inspired by the streets of Paris, Ahlem eyeglasses are made for exuding that nonchalance that Parisians are so famous for.
Ahlem was founded by Parisian born, and now LA resident, Ahlem Manai-Platt. Following 10 years working in the fashion industry, Ahlem made the move into designing glasses after losing a beloved pair of vintage sunglasses and knowing there was nothing she wanted to replace them with. A self-proclaimed perfectionist, the idea of her new brand was to fuse exquisite design with an innovative approach to create something totally new and utterly perfect.
Design pieces in their own right
Each pair of frames is named after a street, location, or landmark of the French capital, and their shapes are inspired by the city’s architecture, culture, and design. The rich stylistic heritage of the city is clear in the eclectic yet curated selection of glasses. Thick geometric acetate frames, which are a definite nod to the 70s, are mixed in with thin metal frames that are both assertive and modern and are inspired by the iconic Anneau chair by Pierre Paulin. Each pair of spectacles is designed with the same meticulous detail as the places and pieces that inspired them.
The art of craftsmanship
Ahlem is committed to quality craftsmanship, first and foremost. Throughout production, glasses travel to three specialized ateliers and into the hands of nine skilled artisans - each with a particular craft passed down through the generations. Materials are just as important, with acetate being sourced directly from Mazzucchelli and all-metal frames being made of palladium and then electroplated in 22k gold.
That undone, relaxed French style which is so hard to achieve, is made that bit more attainable by slipping on a pair of Ahlem spectacles.