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.
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.
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.
Early birds & pledges
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':
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
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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