When it comes to eyewear that looks one-of-a-kind, it’s hard to argue with the appeal of natural horn frames — particularly when they’re as arresting as the ones from RIGARDS.
With a name adapted from the French word “regard” (look, glance) and a hand sign logo that signifies the creative union of horn and eyewear, RIGARDS is a mission to rediscover the hidden treasures of horn frames and to share them with eyewear aficionados through small numbered editions.
The emphasis is on handmade craftsmanship applied to simple products using honest materials.
RIGARDS frames are constructed of horn, a natural material that is not only incredible to look at, but also environmentally sound, hypo-allergenic, and comfortable to wear. The horns we use are an organic by-product of water buffalo-rearing on small farms and reflect our desire to make recycling a part of our culture. Handpicked for their color, grain and thickness, each piece of horn is thoughtfully matched with the style that best enhances its inherent traits.
The designs are original and nonconformist yet respectful of vintage influences, intended for discerning individuals who appreciate ingenuity and independent spirit.
Every pair of frames is handcrafted with tremendous attention using time-honored methods of production and hand-finished with signature surface treatments (the “Sanjuro” and “Relique” techniques), combining virtues of the past with modern sensibility.
Both European and Asian fits are offered to provide maximum comfort for different face shapes.
All these elements culminate in quality frames that are refreshingly different, with a level of character and exclusivity unlike any other.