Rigards

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A rediscovery of the beauty of natural materials, in response to the dilution of mass production. This was the ethos that inspired vintage frame enthusiasts Jean-Marc Virard and Ti Kwa to found Rigards, an eyewear line devoted to the rediscovery of horn. Ethically sourced from Egyptian and Ethiopian water buffalos, the natural richness of the horn the designers use in each small, numbered collection contrasts with modern, geometric frame designs inspired by sculpture and architecture. Ancestral oil heating and hand-burnishing techniques perfected by craftsmen in Rigards' Hong Kong workshop enhances the natural grain and imperfections of the material in each one-of-a-kind pair of optical glasses and sunglasses.