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Everybody is unique. That is why Boulton Eyewear tailors every customizable frame to fit you perfectly.
Everybody is unique. That is why Boulton Eyewear tailors every customizable frame to fit you perfectly.
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Boulton Eyewear | not only suits should be tailor-made

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Personal eyewear that fits you exclusively

Eyewear today is still mass manufactured and sold in standard sizes. But our heads, noses and ears are not standard at all. They are unique. So are our personal styles and wishes. That’s why we started Boulton Eyewear, the most personal eyewear brand in the world. 

At Boulton Eyewear we tailor each of our frames to match your face perfectly. You also get to decide on colors and lenses. For our first collection of eyewear we teamed up with some very talented upcoming Dutch designers.  

Boulton Eyewear - How we are different

We don't do stock fitted frames. We think it's much more fun and useful to turn things around and start by tailoring all our frames to the individual customer. In short this is how we do what we do:

STEP 1 - PERSONAL REPLICA
From a series of photos we extract hundreds of data points to create a digital replica of your face. You can use your iPhone 5 and up (or similar smartphone cameras, see our FAQ) for taking the photos. We do a check on all photos and never use any photos that are not good enough. 

STEP 2 - DIGITAL FRAME
We use your replica to tailor your favorite Boulton frame in a way that it fits you exclusively.

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STEP 3 - YOUR TAILOR-MADE FRAME
Because all our frames are unique they are custom made on demand using the latest professional 3D-printers. The frame includes your initials and gets a state of the art finishing done by hand.

The Boulton Frames

Currently we can offer all our backers a first collection of five frames to choose from. All early backers and backers pay the lowest price ever. Each frame comes in different colors. 

Prescription eyeglasses | Sunglasses

All our Boulton frames go with sunglasses or prescription eyeglasses. For prescription eyeglasses you can send us your personal prescription once the Kickstarter campaign is successful (for more detailed information see our FAQ at the bottom of the page). Regarding prescription eyewear we only offer single vision lenses.

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The lenses we offer are custom-cut in Amsterdam and include the following coatings: dirt-repellant, anti-scratch, anti-glare and UV protection (for sunglasses only). We offer three different color lenses: brown, green and grey. If you like you can customize your lenses even more by opting for gradient or polarized lenses.

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Production and materials

From the start of our project it was obvious that the desktop printers did not yet offer the quality we were looking for. For our designer eyewear we opted to look into high quality 3D-printing production methods. To reach our goal it took us and our partners well over 70 prototypes and countless of hours of refining materials and finishings.

For production we started out with exploring the possibilities of SLS ('selective laser sintering'). After some extensive prototyping we decided to turn away from SLS (the quality was just not refined enough according to our standards) and shift our focus towards the technique called DLP-SLA ('stereolithography'). Again we did a lot of prototyping on materials and types of finishings. This time we were successful: the material is strong and endures all conditions you will expect from any good quality frame (sweat, heat, flexibility, impact-resistance). The frames we sell today have a state of the art finishing by hand; some good old craftsmanship.

One of the many tests we did is the in-house 'drop test': 

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A lot of people ask us if we also print the lenses. The answer is we do not. All our lenses are of the highest quality (brand 'Polycore') and are custom-made in Amsterdam. After production we assemble your tailor-made frame and custom-cut lenses at our office. At this time we also include a set of strong conventional hinges and add some artwork. The assembling process ends with our final quality check. Once that is done your eyewear is ready for shipping...

Where we are

For almost two years we have been testing and improving our tailoring and production process. Doing so we have worked closely with potential customers, stylists, opticians, optometrists, store-keepers and suppliers.

Today we have a working technology. Our very first designer frame ‘Steelhouse’ is production ready and tested in the field. The next four designs are currently at their final stages of development. 

Meet the team

The team: Merijn, Tim and Rutger
The team: Merijn, Tim and Rutger

Early 2013 we began looking at the world of 3D-printing. We were following the early days of the third industrial revolution for some time and knew that parts of the revolution were actually going on for a longer time already; this part was called ‘rapid prototyping’ and – as it states – was all about prototyping ideas and products. What really changed things was the introduction of affordable desktop printers like Makerbot and The Ultimaker. Suddenly a lot of inspiring and creative minds dedicated all their time and energy to bring this maker movement to the next level. And we wanted to be part of this. We immediately got pretty excited about designing and making our own tailor-made eyewear. And as it turned out almost two years later it could be done and we are loving it.

We need you to make this happen!

We are ready to show the world that eyewear can truly be personal, comfortable and accessible. Doing so we can definitely use your help battling some of the largest competitors in the world.

We hope you will join us in our effort by pledging and sharing our project with family, friends and many others. With your support we can actually change the way eyewear is made today!

Risks and challenges

For almost two years we have been testing and improving our tailoring and production process. We have made over 70 prototypes and spent countless of hours refining materials and finishings.

We have gathered a great team of highly motivated upcoming designers and experienced business partners.Our business partners are selected based on prior relationships, reliability and experience. They are ready to proceed once we reach our Kickstarter goal. Being able to work closely with our (local) manufacturers for almost two years already allows us to strictly monitor quality control and act quickly.

We are confident that we will meet or beat our projected delivery dates. We have built in some extra time for any potential delays in the manufacturing process and expect to ship by the projected dates. Our backers will be in the loop as we communicate updates at every stage of the process. There will be shipping priority for early backers and we will work hard to get all our Boulton eyewear to you as soon as possible.

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    Pledge €1 or more About $2

    THUMBS UP - Your help, at any level, brings us one step closer to changing the way eyewear is made today.

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    CLEAN LENSES | Thanks for your support. As a token of our gratitude you will receive 3 pieces of our Boulton microfiber cloth for cleaning any dirty lenses + you will enjoy a lifelong Kickstarter VIP pre-order status for all our upcoming models.

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    Pledge €25 or more About $28

    T-SHIRT | Thanks for your support. You will receive one especially designed Boulton T-shirt + you will enjoy a lifelong Kickstarter VIP pre-order status for all our upcoming models.

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    Pledge €85 or more About $95

    DIY BOULTON FRAME + LENSES | For the makers! Pre-order one of our print-it-yourself frames and receive a digital file of your tailor-made Boulton frame. We also add a set of regular high quality lenses (sunglasses).

    Plus you will enjoy a lifelong Kickstarter VIP pre-order status for all our upcoming models.

    (Types of frame of your choice: Takuan, Artisan and Steelhouse).

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    Pledge €235 or more About $260

    EARLY BIRD MODEL 'TAKUAN' | The real deal. One pair of Boulton Eyewear model TAKUAN including regular high quality lenses (sunglasses).

    Plus you will enjoy a lifelong Kickstarter VIP pre-order status for all our upcoming models.

    For gradient lenses add € 20.
    For polarized lenses add € 50.
    For prescription lenses (not progressive) add € 75.

    (We'll send out a survey at the end of the campaign to ask you for your favorite color frame and lenses).

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    Pledge €255 or more About $283

    EARLY BIRD MODEL 'ARTISAN' | The real deal. One pair of Boulton Eyewear model ARTISAN including regular high quality lenses (sunglasses).

    Plus you will enjoy a lifelong Kickstarter VIP pre-order status for all our upcoming models.

    For gradient lenses add € 20.
    For polarized lenses add € 50.
    For prescription lenses (not progressive) add € 75.

    (We'll send out a survey at the end of the campaign to ask you for your favorite color frame and lenses).

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    Pledge €255 or more About $283

    EARLY BIRD MODEL 'BROKER' | The real deal. One pair of Boulton Eyewear model BROKER including regular high quality lenses (sunglasses).

    Plus you will enjoy a lifelong Kickstarter VIP pre-order status for all our upcoming models.

    For gradient lenses add € 20.
    For polarized lenses add € 50.
    For prescription lenses (not progressive) add € 75.

    (We'll send out a survey at the end of the campaign to ask you for your favorite color frame and lenses).

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    Pledge €265 or more About $294

    EARLY BIRD MODEL 'STEELHOUSE' | The real deal. One pair of Boulton Eyewear model STEELHOUSE including regular high quality lenses (sunglasses).

    Plus you will enjoy a lifelong Kickstarter VIP pre-order status for all our upcoming models.

    For gradient lenses add € 20.
    For polarized lenses add € 50.
    For prescription lenses (not progressive) add € 75.

    (We'll send out a survey at the end of the campaign to ask you for your favorite color frame and lenses).

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    Pledge €275 or more About $305

    MODEL 'TAKUAN' | One pair of Boulton Eyewear model TAKUAN including regular high quality lenses (sunglasses).

    Plus you will enjoy a lifelong Kickstarter VIP pre-order status for all our upcoming models.

    For gradient lenses add € 20.
    For polarized lenses add € 50.
    For prescription lenses (not progressive) add € 75.

    (We'll send out a survey at the end of the campaign to ask you for your favorite color frame and lenses).

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    Pledge €285 or more About $316

    EARLY BIRD MODEL 'CURTISS' | The real deal. One pair of Boulton Eyewear model CURTISS including regular high quality lenses (sunglasses).

    Plus you will enjoy a lifelong Kickstarter VIP pre-order status for all our upcoming models.

    For gradient lenses add € 20.
    For polarized lenses add € 50.
    For prescription lenses (not progressive) add € 75.

    (We'll send out a survey at the end of the campaign to ask you for your favorite color frame and lenses).

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    Pledge €295 or more About $327

    MODEL 'ARTISAN' | One pair of Boulton Eyewear model ARTISAN including regular high quality lenses (sunglasses).

    Plus you will enjoy a lifelong Kickstarter VIP pre-order status for all our upcoming models.

    For gradient lenses add € 20.
    For polarized lenses add € 50.
    For prescription lenses (not progressive) add € 75.

    (We'll send out a survey at the end of the campaign to ask you for your favorite color frame and lenses).

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    Pledge €295 or more About $327

    MODEL 'BROKER' | One pair of Boulton Eyewear model BROKER including regular high quality lenses (sunglasses).

    Plus you will enjoy a lifelong Kickstarter VIP pre-order status for all our upcoming models.

    For gradient lenses add € 20.
    For polarized lenses add € 50.
    For prescription lenses (not progressive) add € 75.

    (We'll send out a survey at the end of the campaign to ask you for your favorite color frame and lenses).

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    Pledge €305 or more About $338

    MODEL 'STEELHOUSE' | One pair of Boulton Eyewear model STEELHOUSE including regular high quality lenses (sunglasses).

    Plus you will enjoy a lifelong Kickstarter VIP pre-order status for all our upcoming models.

    For gradient lenses add € 20.
    For polarized lenses add € 50.
    For prescription lenses (not progressive) add € 75.

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    Pledge €325 or more About $360

    MODEL 'CURTISS' | One pair of Boulton Eyewear model CURTISS including regular high quality lenses (sunglasses).

    Plus you will enjoy a lifelong Kickstarter VIP pre-order status for all our upcoming models.

    For gradient lenses add € 20.
    For polarized lenses add € 50.
    For prescription lenses (not progressive) add € 75.

    (We'll send out a survey at the end of the campaign to ask you for your favorite color frame and lenses).

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    Pledge €3,000 or more About $3,319

    DISTRIBUTOR PACK MODEL TAKUAN - For the professionals. The pack includes:
    - one sample frame
    - sample kit with three color samples for the frame (temples) and lenses
    - 10 frames model TAKUAN (claimed whenever needed in the future excluding shipping fee)

    Plus you will enjoy a lifelong Kickstarter VIP pre-order status for all our upcoming models.

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    Pledge €3,250 or more About $3,595

    DISTRIBUTOR PACK MODEL ARTISAN - For the professionals. The pack includes:
    - one sample frame
    - sample kit with three color samples for the frame (temples) and lenses
    - 10 frames model ARTISAN (claimed whenever needed in the future excluding shipping fee)

    Plus you will enjoy a lifelong Kickstarter VIP pre-order status for all our upcoming models.

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    Pledge €3,250 or more About $3,595

    DISTRIBUTOR PACK MODEL BROKER - For the professionals. The pack includes:
    - one sample frame
    - sample kit with three color samples for the frame (temples) and lenses
    - 10 frames model BROKER (claimed whenever needed in the future excluding shipping fee)

    Plus you will enjoy a lifelong Kickstarter VIP pre-order status for all our upcoming models.

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    Pledge €3,350 or more About $3,706

    DISTRIBUTOR PACK MODEL STEELHOUSE - For the professionals. The pack includes:
    - one sample frame
    - sample kit with three color samples for the frame (temples) and lenses
    - 10 frames model STEELHOUSE (claimed whenever needed in the future excluding shipping fee)

    Plus you will enjoy a lifelong Kickstarter VIP pre-order status for all our upcoming models.

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    Pledge €3,500 or more About $3,872

    DISTRIBUTOR PACK MODEL CURTISS - For the professionals. The pack includes:
    - one sample frame
    - sample kit with three color samples for the frame (temples) and lenses
    - 10 frames model CURTISS (claimed whenever needed in the future excluding shipping fee)

    Plus you will enjoy a lifelong Kickstarter VIP pre-order status for all our upcoming models.

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