A Modern Eyewear Concept

Independent Frame of Mind

AKILA is an independent eyewear brand based in Los Angeles focused on handmade unisex sunglasses at anti-industry pricing.

Sustainable Design

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.

Recycling Program

AKILA Eyewear is made to last, but when your glasses are at the end of their life, please don't throw them away. Send back your used up AKILA Eyewear, we will repair and donate for reuse, or responsibly recycle the components. In return, we'll pay it forward and send you a discount code for a new pair.

Buy A Pair, Plant A Tree

We plant a tree for each pair of glasses sold on our website.

AKILA works in partnership with Eden Reforestation Projects to help restore healthy forests and reduce extreme poverty by providing fair wage employment to impoverished villagers as agents of global forest restoration. We've commited to planting a tree for every pair of glasses sold on our website.

Uncompromising Quality

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 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.