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Always seeking to push the boundaries of design, we have pursued collaborative efforts with some of the world’s most interesting fashion, music, and art icons. By collaborating on designs with individuals like iconic Velvet Underground front man Lou Reed and supermodel Jourdan Dunn, we often look to outside inspirations to see how they might view the world through an illesteva frame.

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Designed in New York, handmade in Italy and France.

Designing a pair of illesteva glasses happens in-house at our SoHo studio.

Taking cues from downtown New York and inspiration from around the world, our styles are a direct product of our endlessly fascinating surroundings. We take a passion for modern design and translate it into pieces that are fundamentally wearable.

Our frames are handmade exclusively by the leading manufacturers of luxury eyewear, in small family-owned factories in Italy and France. Only the highest-grade materials are used.  This meticulous process takes over 90 days and requires more than 50 steps from start to finish.

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