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Article One

September 14, 2017


Article One is an independent eye wear company based in Flint, Michigan. They produce handcrafted eye wear in Italy with complete brand transparency and a spotlight on the hands that craft their frames. They are proponents of supporting independent optical, giving back to the community, and thoughtful design.


Article One frames are handmade in a small village in Northern Italy at the base of the Dolomites. The family-owned factory they work with has 12 craftsman who are experts in what they do. They work to give credit where credit is due by shining a light on the hands that touch each frame. 


The care put into each frame results in quality you can feel. 


Prescription eyeglasses are a medical device and should be thoroughly customized to ensure the best experience for the wearer. They are not only passionate about supporting small business, they believe it's incredibly important for glasses to work properly, meaning an optical professional should be involved from start to finish.


An integral part of their progression was founder Wes’s decision to move the company from Chicago to Flint, MI. While an unlikely city for a fashion startup, Flint’s community has proved to be inspiring, supportive and resilient. Further, it has proved integral in shaping Article One. They are surrounded by a community of tenacious doers who want to see their neighbors succeed.

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