Handmade in Italy and designed in New York, illesteva was founded in 2010. We identified a unique opportunity to create a range of sunglasses and eyeglasses that allowed us to combine classic shapes with contemporary materials. Since then, we have maintained our experimental perspective while sourcing the highest quality materials from family-owned and operated factories in Italy and France.
We adhere to a Standard of Excellence: each pair of illesteva glasses begins with customized acetate color-ways blended by hand. Because of this, no two pair have the exact same pattern. After the assembly process, each pair is individually inspected to ensure they meet our quality standards.
Always pushing the envelope of design, illesteva has and will continue to collaborate with bold personalities from the spheres of fashion, music and art. Partnering with individuals like Velvet Underground front-man Lou Reed and supermodel Jourdan Dunn allows us to experience a bit of how they see the world—through Illesteva frames.
In the spirit of handmade craftsmanship, illesteva also created a line of leather goods and umbrellas that are intended to wear and age well over time. Similar to our glasses, our accessories are designed with practicality and simplicity in mind.