For over fifteen years, Anne et Valentin has designed frames in the spirit of a constant renewal of form and color. They combine savoir-faire with an equal mix of respect and anti-conformism, to create frames that never let you down. They create nothing that doesn’t already exist within you. Their design process is akin to alchemy; mixing geometric cuts, brilliant colors and materials. Collections reflect the paradox of spontaneity combined with meticulous design. Anne & Valentin tirelessly cultivates its own singularity, listens to your insights and interprets your needs by responding with grace and precision. For the crafty, the serious, the self-confident and the free-spirited: Anne & Valentin works to create noble and radical eyewear in which you are Delighted to be yourself!
At this time of year, we tend to have have a lot of people passing through our shops on their way to Coachella. People coming to the festival from around the world touch down in Los Angeles before trekking out to the valley, picking up that perfect accessory to make their Coachella outfit complete.
It may come as no surprise that we think sunnies are the most important part of your festival fashion: both to see and be seen. Your lenses color the world for you. They’re your real world filter. It’s about what frequencies you want to allow into to your life. And very important: a quality pair of lenses will protect your eyes from the harsh desert sun.
Custom Anne et Valentin
Here we have taken some already awesome Anne et Valentin optical frames and fitted them with custom sunglass lenses. We started with already cool frames – both round and retro-inspired; and then carefully chose tints and mirror coatings to both complement the frames and take take them to the next level.
Customizing your festival sunnies is a perfect way to express yourself. This is just a small sample of some of the looks that we’ve dreamed up. What kind of vision are you dreaming up for your Coachella sunnies?
Antonio Villaraigosa, 41st Mayor of the City of Los Angeles, takes a moment with Dan while updating his eyewear at our UCLA, Jules Stein location. Villaraigosa was a history major at UCLA. Dan’s philosophy? Sometimes one pair just isn’t enough.
This exquisite eyewear from Anne et Valentin is part of their Factory series, an homage to Andy Warhol’s Manhattan 1960’s studios known as “The Factory“. The factory was home to a lifestyle of partying, art production and everything in between for Warhol and his associates.
Like Warhol’s Pop Art, the color of the frame is saturated and bright. A brushed silver detail adorns the hinges–a nod, perhaps, to the color of Warhol’s first Factory which was decorated in tin foil and silver paint from top to bottom. A keyhole bridge evokes the past.
Anne et Valentin conceived the frame with curvy, voluptuous and humanistic lines. A perfect red circle marks the temple tips. The frame is made of polished, translucent acetate with an unpolished, matte concave cutaway on the temples — a nuanced effect that could only be achieved in truly hand-crafted eyewear.