Anne et Valentin

Anne et Valentine eyewear frames at Artisan Eyeworks in Ashland, Oregon

Anne&Valentin's sole existence is due to... Anne and Valentin. In Toulouse, France, in September 1980, Valentin a neo-hippie obtained his optician's degree. The two lovebirds were eager to start an optical store with a different approach than what was available at the time, with a unique selection of original frames and a radically different sales philosophy.

From day one, rather than trying to adapt the customer to a frame, Anne and Valentin opted for a deeper comprehension of who their customers were – how they lived and moved – in order to find, for each, the perfect frame, dedicated to the customer’s unique personality and particularities. 

In those days, such an approach was nothing short of a small revolution. The shop thrived. But their approach quickly encountered limitations due to a lack of exciting frame options. Anne started drawing their first designs and they send them to be prototyped in a small workshop. In 1984, they launched their first collection, soberly named Anne et Valentin.

While their creations are original, colorful and lively, they are, above all, objects that combine ergonomics, technical requirements, and respect for those who wear them. 

Anne et Valentin, like Theo, creates glasses that cause people to stop you on the street. They produce the frames other companies copy. In a way, they are like the design team at BMW. Their cars reach the market only to be copied by Honda. By the time Kia jumps onto the bandwagon, BMW is on to another look.