Independent Frame of Mind
AKILA is an independent eyewear brand based in Los Angeles focused on handmade unisex sunglasses at anti-industry pricing.
Founded by a creative collective with a background in typography and lettering design, AKILA brings a fresh and unique perspective to the stale and overly traditional eyewear industry.
AKILA frames are handcrafted from plant-based 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 pair of sunglasses takes over 90 days to complete and requires nearly 100 steps from start to finish.
Our frames are made from the best cellulose acetate providers in the world (usually Mazzucchelli, but we don't like to box ourselves in)— an eco-friendly alternative to petroleum based plastics. Acetate also allows for richer and more unique colors than traditional plastic.
Our optical-quality nylon lenses are thick and scratch-resistant making them more durable, and also block 100% of UVA / UVB to keep your eyes protected for years to come.
A Creative Collective
Part of AKILA’s 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 something new and at a better quality than what they previously had within reach.
We partner with friends, artists and brands we admire for their modern sensibilities to bring new ideas to market. By being inclusive rather than exclusive our goal is to give design power back to independent brands and in turn bring better value and options to consumers.