OUR STORY

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.

Annaberg-Buchholz ANNABERG-BUCCHOLZ GERMANY

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.

Workshop Goa India Eyewear Women CarvingOUR TEAM, GOA INDIA

Workshop Goa India Eyewear Women Working HANDCUTTING EYEWEAR, GOA INDIA

Riveting eyewear hinges RIVETTING EYEWEAR AND HINGE WORK, GOA INDIA

Workshop Goa India Eyewear using Traditional German SkillsCARVING 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.

Goa Workshop Product Luxury EyewearOUR WORKSHOP IN PILERNE, GOA SHOWCASES INDIA’S INGENUITY AND ABILITY TO PRODUCE LUXURY PRODUCTS

Individually numbered eyewear EACH PAIR IS INDIVIDUALLY NUMBERED TO TRACE BACK TO THE CRAFTSWOMEN AND IT’S HISTORY

Goa, India

In Goa, the town meets the countryside in harmony, rivers run alongside roads, industrial estates are less than 30 kms from the sea.

Bespoke Eyewear

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.

Matthias HaaseYOUNG MATTHIAS HAASE AT WORK, ANNABERG-BUCHHOLZ, GDR, 1981

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.

Hand filling buffalo horn eyewearHANDCRAFTING BUFFALO HORN EYEWEAR

TRADITIONAL LONG LASTING RIVETED HINGES

#Sustainable Material

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.

White buffalo horn eyewearETHICALLY 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.

SPONSORING REFORESTATION

Re-Forestation We use part of our profit to sponsor re-forestation.

CLEANING BEACHES

Focus Club cleanup by COCO LENI

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.

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