GUILD eyewear believes in the value and beauty of handmade things. We make custom, unique eyewear for those who care about ethically-made, elegant and one-of-a-kind objects.
Each pair is designed by local artists and is milled, tumbled, polished and assembled by hand in our studio in Toronto’s west end. We use only the highest quality materials for our frames - Mazzucchelli cellulose acetate, which is made from organic materials (cotton and wood fibres), and is 100% hypoallergenic. We make every pair with love and attention and stand by the quality of our eyewear.
Construction and Workmanship
All of our eyewear is made by hand in our Toronto studio.
We design our frames using our own in-house software optimized for the special needs of eyewear.
Our process begins with Mazzucchelli acetate. The acetate is milled and the hand scraped and sanded to remove any manufacturing marks. Nosepads are sourced from Mitsitake Matsubara in Japan, a third generation eyewear maker, and solvent-welded to the frames.
Tumbling for six days brings the glasses to a high polish. They are inspected at every stage to make sure there are no blemishes or marks that will persist though the polishing. The finish is completed with buffing to 16000 grit using Japanese buffing compounds, resulting in astonishing depth and clarity.
Bending and shaping is done by hand using mild heat. Seven-barrel hinges are hand-riveted to the frames and temples using an Italian-made Clavicus for the strongest, most traditional bond.
Finally, the frames are polished and placed in their hand-crafted leather case, also cut, engraved, and sewn in our studio.
easy to do business with
At Guild we're interested in forging strong, lasting partnerships with like-minded stockists.
That means we strive to be easy to deal with. Simple wholesale pricing, low minimum purchases, dedicated, down-the-street support. Any frames are available in any of the colours we offer.
Since we make each pair by hand, in Toronto, we invite you to contact us about your hard-to-fit clients. We can make any pair larger, or smaller, or with a larger or smaller bridge. Western or asian-style nosepads ensure your clients' comfort. Custom colors are a phone call away. Once you're a Guild partner, we're happy to make single pairs to help you serve your customers better.
Grab a pair of Sphinx, put on your best poker face and walk to work like an Egyptian. These graceful, cat-eyes will help you channel your inner gamine, whether popping into Sam James for a caffeine fix or seeking after-work salves at your local. When you wear the Sphinx, only you hold the secret to effortless style.
Are you a psychedelic pacifist? Mystical humanist? Dystopian satirist? President Trump giving you the heebie jeebies? Then face this Brave New World with the Huxleys! Finely crafted with subtle and complimentary detailing, this frame is sure to open some doors for you...in this world and beyond.
The Oh Lucys are part of our Collaboration with Katharine Tessier for the Toronto Design Offsite festival. This classic round is inspired by the "o" of the Garamond font and made in black and bone like the pages that inspired it - perfect to soothe your inner bookworm.
Named for everyone’s favourite mathematician, the Euclids add some serious hex vibes to any outfit. Whether you’re contemplating the infinitude of prime numbers or pondering the perfection of Pi, the Euclids will lend a little harmony, balance and truth to your look... AND your life!
Less Than Zero
Turn up the Costello. The Less Than Zeroes lend a little preppy chic to any outfit, whether dressed down with your favourite denim or adding polish to a jacket & tie ensemble. These stunners will have you opening all the right doors and turning all the right heads.
You can slip through the streets while everyone sleeps, getting bigger and sleeker and wider and brighter with these delicate cat eye frames. The cure for loneliness may lie with this eye catching number.
Named after a haiku beloved by designer and OCAD Industrial Design Chair Angelika Seeschaaf of eeaa, the Baum's offer a sophisticated twist on the classic 'Rounds'. Add a bit of tweed, shake and serve neat. Pipe optional.
These sleek frames will keep you looking understated and dapper from the office to the club. P.s. Girls can be dapper too.
Calling all aspiring Iris Apfels! These beauts complete your look all day long - whether you're lunching with the first lady, picking up the pool boy, or just reading about it.
Ooh la la! Crank up the Gainsbourg and bust out your best bouffant...the Bardots will have you strolling Bloor Street like the femme fatale you always knew you could be. Whether your syle is buttoned-up or blowsy, the oversized glamour of the Bardots is perfect for every adventure. St. Tropez or bust, baby!
Light as a feather, stiff as a board! These sunnies are as classic as The Craft and their split personality is guaranteed to keep your style ying and yang balanced. 100% Nancy approved.
Channel 1980s chic in these retro beauties, named after a haiku written by designer Angelika Seeschaaf of eeaa. Climb your way up the corporate ladder in style with the Blaetters. For Working Girls around the world.
Clean lines. Cool shape. Elegant. The Dandys make a streamlined statement.
Academic or Action hero? Why not both! The Harrisons will have you brushing up on your hieroglyphics while on a hardboiled hunt for treasure. Morning commutes have never been so exciting. Serious Indy cred.
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Toronto Design Offsite Festival
"Our unique way of manufacturing enables us to be highly flexible – producing multiple styles in small batches, using our very own software, designed by our founder, Rod. After the designs are cut out of the eyewear material, the finishing and assembly is what takes time, as it is all hand-done."
Ryan Porter for CBC
'Frame finishes are taking a subdued turn in 2017. "Rather than having the shiny acetate or plastic we see a lot of the matte finish, which gives more of a depth to the frame," Mamdani says. "The matte finish is nice and soft on the face as well."
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