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.
Custom Tailored Eyewear
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
OUR WORKSHOPS ARE NOW LOCATED IN THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACES IN THE WORLD
HANDMADE WITH GERMAN PRECISION AND DESIGN.
MATERIAL WE USE
Whether it’s our eco-friendly wood, ethically-sourced buffalo horn and 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.
SUSTAINABILITY AND ENVIRONMENT
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.
Planting a tree for every bespoke eyewear we sell. Every new sapling planted is GPS labelled and photographed.
All our Goan stores act as a center and sponsor for beach cleaning drives.
This sustainable eyewear brand will make sure you look hot without hurting the environment.