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Rigards makes eyewear that are truly unique. Every frame is made entirely by hand from natural ethically and sustainable sourced horn, as beautiful as long lasting. Their mission is to rediscover the hidden treasure of horn frames and to share them with eyewear aficionados, in limited numbered editions. Where most frames are made in thousands, Rigards are made in singles.
The designs are original and nonconformist, yet showing homage to vintage influences, intended for discerning individuals who appreciate ingenuity and independent spirit. Every pair is entirely handcrafted with tremendous attention and craftsmanship, using time consuming methods of production and signature hand finish surface treatments like the "Sanjuro" and "Relique", combining virtues of the past with modern sensibility. All these elements culminate in quality frames that are refreshingly different, with a level of character and exclusivity unlike any other.
The horns used for producing Rigards frames are an organic by-product of water buffalo rearing on small sustainable African farms and reflect Rigards desire to make recycling a part of the modern culture. All horns are handpicked for their color, grain and thickness and each horn is carefully paired with the design that best accentuates the inherent traits of the horn. Every horn and frame is totally unique, small differences in grain and colour makes for timeless frames that are truly one of a kind. Genuine horn is hypoallergenic and therefore very kind to the skin. It also has a remarkable quality of adjusting to the skin temperature, allowing for supreme comfort and an almost sensual frame-wearing experience. Horn is a very durable material but as for all natural materials, horn needs care over time and the right care allows the material to not only last, but to age gracefully and beautifully, evolving an organic patina which embodies the very characteristics cherished by the most selective eyeglasses owners.