The idea and inspiration
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.
The workshop was renamed COCO LENI in 2015 by Matthias Haase and Arjun Sagar. Matthias Haase, a eyewear craftsman 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.
Establishing workshop and eyewear crafting school in Goa
Arjun wanted to take the learning back to India and create an eyewear workshop, run by a skilled female workforce, to encourage financial freedom for women.
OUR TEAM, GOA INDIA
HANDCUTTING EYEWEAR, GOA INDIA
RIVETTING EYEWEAR AND HINGE WORK, GOA INDIA
CARVING EYEWEAR, GOA INDIA
WIRE CORE INSERTION, GOA INDIA
This one of a kind workshop specialises in high-end custom tailored eyewear, using traditional skills and hand craftsmanship.
It was an uphill task to train people, get machinery and parts from Germany and make high quality bespoke eyewear in Goa.
In Goa, the town meets the countryside in harmony, rivers run alongside roads, industrial estates are less than 30 kms from the sea.
The COCO LENI house works only with natural sustainable materials, and carrying on traditional craft skills that have all but died out. We still manufacture our original models today.
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
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.
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.