Cultural influences make for striking shapes
Drawing on photography, fashion and Parisian architecture for inspiration, Ahlem sunglasses are eclectic yet always outstandingly made.
Minimalist inspiration for maximalist creations
Launched in 2014 by Parisian born, LA-based designer Ahlem Manai-Platt, the brand designs glasses that culminate the experience and interests of founder Ahlem. Drawing on her background in photography and her passion for design aesthetics (after working for Acne and Miu Miu), the glasses are highly stylized while never compromising on quality. Ahlem cites the simplicity of the Bauhaus movement and the photography of Yamamoth Maseo as direct influences on her creations, however, it’s her home city of Paris that runs through each collection. Each frame is named after an area, road or landmark.
The style and classic shapes of Ahlem might feel familiar but the subtle details in each frame, precise attention to the design and handmade craftsmanship set them apart. These are glasses that are designed to last and the materials are selected for their lifetime durability: Palladium, 22K Gold and Cellulose acetate are just some of the choice materials. Features include thread lock hinge screws, Christian Dalloz Cridal lenses with UVA/UVB protection, and anti-reflective coating inside. The ateliers selected to make the glasses use traditional techniques such as hammering by hand, engraving and hand painting.
Make your mark
If dressing is an extension of your personality, choose from sleek and modern reinventions of the iconic cat-eye, which feature notched side cutout and hand-buffed Mazzucchelli acetate, to statement piece eyewear with futuristic silhouettes and a floating brow bar. There are also more classic lines, such as squared-off frames with sculptural details on the front and carved, beveled temples.
French style is about investing in pieces that will last, that say something and that celebrate the craft - Ahlem does all of this and much more.