As I was saying in my Opti highlight blog post, the time I had at the show was limited as I was committed to the Blogger Spectacle but I did squeeze in some time to check out some eyewear brands. Rigards is the first brand I want to talk about. I walked passed the stand and immediately I was quite drawn to some the designs and materials used. So, I stopped to investigate further and even spoke to the founder Ti Kwa.
It was a rather funny encounter actually because it turned out the brand is from Hong Kong, my home city and the founder and I had a right ole natter in Cantonese. ha!
I thought it was quite funny how I was drawn into the design without knowing where they were from because I do have a thing for Asian brands, they always seem a little bit more out there, more daring and just that little bit more different. What actually really attracted me to look further were the copper frames (which is not the most conventional of materials to use). I loved the finishing on them and to my surprise, they were not actually that heavy.
As I was chatting to Ti, he said all Rigards glasses are handmade in Hong Kong, they have a small studio with 5 skilled craftsmen making the frames so each piece is like a piece of artwork, each piece is unique. As you can imagine because they are all hand made, it takes about 10 days to produce one frame, but you can be sure you are getting a real quality piece that has been looked after and been given the attention they deserve.
I simply love brands like that with a story to tell. It is also refreshing to see an eyewear brand that only has a small team of people behind it and is not made by machines.
To me, the best part is, they are handmade in Hong Kong because I yes, I am probably being bias because I love my home city and I like supporting cool quirky brands from Hong Kong. Since they are from Hong Kong, the nose bridge fits me perfectly! Rigards may seem like a small business but they have some fantastic stockists worldwide.
Best of luck to them and I hope to pay their workshop a little visit when I am next in Hong Kong!