Love love love the frames.
The point of “disruptor” brands like Akila is that the product should be accessible, but still decent quality. This wasn’t the case with these glasses.
Yes, the color of the frames and lenses is novel and fun, but it’s immediately recognizable how cheaply made they are. Like, tacky vendor cheap - - the kind of sunglasses you pick up from a stall on the street or the boardwalk of a seedy beach town because you realized that you left your sunglasses at home. And those kinds of shades are great - when priced accordingly! Returned them immediately. Also, I don’t *love* the fact that there’s a “restocking fee,” especially when Akila doesn’t have any brick and mortar stores where I could have tried before buying. It just adds another layer of tackiness to the brand experience.
AKILA Eyewear is designed to last & handcrafted from eco-friendly plant-based cellulose acetate.
Cellulose acetate is a natural bioplastic made from the fibers of cotton or wood pulp. This compound is then mixed with various colored dyes, block casted, then sliced into sheets or chipped into tiny color pellets. The final product is biodegradable and renewable.
AKILA is an independent eyewear brand based in Los Angeles focused on handmade unisex sunglasses at anti-industry pricing.
Part of our mission is to provide a platform for brands and creatives to express their progressive outlooks. By providing access to better manufacturing and technical assistance, brands can offer new and exciting eyewear at a better quality than what they previously had within reach.
AKILA frames are handcrafted from premium acetate and stainless steel with Optical Class 1 nylon lenses. Each style goes through meticulous design, engineering and production processes to ensure top quality eyewear.
Every pair of sunglasses takes over 90 days to complete and requires more than 100 steps from start to finish.