A Modern Eyewear Concept

Downtown
Los Angeles, CA 

Independent Frame of Mind

AKILA draws inspiration from the bustling and ever-changing landscape of DTLA & cities around the world. We believe in taking control of the optics by releasing in limited quantities at anti-industry prices and never compromising on quality.  

We are always evolving. AKILA exemplifies concept-driven eyewear made for 21st century simulation. We welcome the unexpected and ignite imagination with precision and discernment.

Founded by Chris Mart in 2017, AKILA culminates his passion for modern design and quality production. His designs are new, fundamentally wearable and built to last.  

Design, quality, rebellion and care come together — welcome to AKILA.

Quality > Quantity

AKILA frames are handcrafted by artisans using the best materials. Each pair goes through meticulous design, engineering and production processes to ensure top quality eyewear.  Each pair of sunglasses takes over 90 days to complete and requires more than 50 steps from start to finish.  

Our frames are made from the best cellulose acetate available. Cellulose acetate is extracted from wood and cotton — making it 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 Platform

Part of AKILA’s mission to disrupt the industry 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 more quickly overthrow the current eyewear industry by giving design power back to independent brands and in turn bringing better value to consumers.