In the early 1930’s, a young Alfred Bonnet, born in Jura in eastern France, decides to create bespoke eyewear.
Learning the traditional techniques of gold and tortoise crafting, from the masters of the business, Alfred becomes – without realizing it – a guard of an art that slowly fades.
He then passes it on to his son, Robert, who apart from being a good student is also a great dreamer. Robert moves his big dreams and skills to Paris.
There, he focuses on aesthetics, quality and detail, creating exclusively handmade eyewear.
The word is out, around the Haute Couture grapevines and the list of his clients is getting longer and longer, including Yves Saint Laurent, Aristotle Onassis, François Mitterrand and more.
In the 80s, Robert’s son, Christian, is the one to keep the family business.
doing so, the Minister of Culture honored him with the title of “Maître d’Art” in 2000 and with the title “Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur” in 2008.
Today, Christian’s son Frank, along with his two brothers, Steven and John, continue the art of their ancestor, Alfred, maintaining his handmade tradition and evolving his aesthetic design.
The Bonnet House belongs to the legendary tags of “Grands Ateliers de France”, “Sommet du Luxe et de la Création”, “Talent de la Rareté” and “Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant”.
So, if you find yourself in the rue des Petits-Champs in Paris, make sure you look for a small, hidden entrance at No. 5 and give your style the chance to be unique.
featuring photo: Getty Images/Ideal image
other photos, courtesy of La Maison de Bonnet site.