A small workshop was established in Annaberg-Buchholz, East Germany, in 1946 making handcrafted frames using the finest available materials and lenses. During this period, East German goods weren’t considered flashy, but they lasted longer, which made them sustainable and eco-friendly.
YOUNG MATTHIAS HAASE AT WORK, ANNABERG-BUCHHOLZ, GDR, 1981
The workshop was renamed COCO LENI in 2015 by Matthias Haase and Arjun Sagar. Matthias Haase, a workshop technician and optometrist who worked in the same workshop since in 1981 and Arjun who had been learning under Matthias for many years, wanted to revive the handmade eyewear of that era. They are easily repaired, renewed and serviced as they are made using traditional design skills using long lasting hinges and natural materials.
Excellence in craftsmanship is often a family affair. The COCO LENI house works only with natural sustainable materials, and carrying on traditional craft skills that have all but died out. They still manufacture their original models today. They specialise in high-end custom tailored eyewear, using traditional skills and hand workmanship.
BORN IN ANNABERG-BUCCHOLZ GERMANY
PHOTO OF OUR WORKSHOP AT ANNABERG-BUCHHOLZ, GDR, 1978
A pair of bespoke glasses is one that has been discussed, conceived, designed, created, polished, refined, adjusted, modified, and re-adjusted for a single client in accordance with that client’s anatomy, taste, lifestyle, and wishes.
Each pair of custom eyeglasses made by COCO LENI is one-of-a-kind and an artisanal object that was jointly developed by the artisan and his customer and will never be replicated in exactly the same way. Our expertise is based on this extreme individualization approach.
HANDCRAFTING BUFFALO HORN EYEWEAR
TRADITIONAL LONG LASTING RIVETED HINGES
Whether it’s our ethically-sourced buffalo horn, bamboo, Italian acetate or more, we believe our customers deserve only the finest materials we can get our hands on. By scouring the globe for products, that are both environmentally friendly and high quality, we are able to provide a product we know our customers and our planet will be proud of.
ETHICALLY SOURCED WHITE BUFFALO HORN
We believe that far too many companies neglect where and how their products are sourced, which can have a negative impact on the environment in addition to customer experience. We also think not enough companies put customer experience and social issues at the forefront of their organization’s agenda. This is precisely why we choose to be different.
We use part of our profit to sponsor re-forestation.
With the COCO LENI FOCUS Club, our number one goal is to eliminate single use plastics altogether.
We are dedicated in keeping this beautiful planet plastic free. This is exactly why we organize and participate in a number of beach clean up drives. We create awareness on reducing plastic waste, help in composting organic waste and bringing sustainable alternatives to the forefront.
"Best purchase of custom frames I have ever made."
From beginning to the delivered final product this was the best purchase of custom frames I have ever made. The eyeglasses are made better than any I have worn before, not too heavy but built to last!!!!! I will be back to find my new pair soon.
"Love my glasses. Just came in. Thank you."
Incredible design, craftsmanship and price. Just received my new glasses and I’m over the moon. Top notch quality. Amazing!
Love the 5 pair, I have bought from COCO LENI.
"It is amazing"
Received my order and it is amazing. Thanks!
"Great customer service and great product!"
I came across Cocoleni's frames on IG and right away I tried some virtual frames. After selected the appropriate pair, I order the frames; however when I received the frames there was a minor issue. Customer service was able to rectify the issues and provided me with new frames. No hassle. Great customer service and great product!
"It's perfectly balanced, sturdy and precisely made."
Received them super quick. Thank you for the super fast delivery and the care it took to craft this. It's beautiful and perfect in every way. It's perfectly balanced, sturdy and precisely made. This was a great experience and looking forward to buying a few more soon. Thanks again for the prompt responses as well. Until next time. Cheers! 😊
"You've got a repeat and permanent customer"
Quite sturdy and beautiful piece of eyeglasses,these are. Thank you. You've got a repeat and permanent customer,will make sure to remember that these are hand made hence takes time
"I'm recommending this to all my folks"
This is to let you know that y'all are a bunch of super awesome people. I'm wearing glasses from almost 20 years and never have I fallen in love this much. I'm recommending this to all my folks and buying more from y'all. I'm so so so happy - keep rocking! And thanks a lot. A LOT.
"Perfect fit. I love the hinges."
Good morning. I got the glasses delivered yesterday. The glasses are so damn cool. I've never been so ecstatic with such precision work with these glasses. Perfect fit. I love the hinges. There is so much of legacy in it. The craftsmanship is fantastic. Thank you so much.