Illesteva is an independently owned eyewear brand with a challenge to modernize the idea of a simple pair of glasses. In 2009 co-founder Daniel Silberman traveled to Italy to source manufacturers for the debut collection. Those who stood out were true artisans who had spent decades perfecting elements of production such as metalwork and hand-mixing acetate (This is why no two Illesteva acetate frames are identical).
Designing takes place in-house at the SoHo Studio location, taking cues from downtown New York and inspiration from around the world. The frames are handmade exclusively in small family-owned factories in Italy and France. Only the highest grade materials are used. This meticulous process takes over 90 days and requires more than 50 steps from start to finish. Illesteva preserves the notion that quality comes from attention to process. Research and development is the foundation of the business practice and is what allows the product to speak for itself.