Handmade in France, using exquisite materials, François Pinton frames keep a trace of those who made them: the passion of those who have chosen to work with their hands. Performing an artisanal craft in spectacle-making requires a desire to become part of French tradition and demands a passion for exacting standards.
The craftsmen of the Maison Pinton know perfectly how to assess the quality of a row block of acetate, rectify a line, adjust a bridge, align a frame such as the precious and fragile object it is.
Creativity in the spectacle industry is the man’s hand serving its own imagination and which makes the difference. The high-quality spectacles are also a wide range of ancestral know-hows with an extra touch of poetry.
To understand the big Art of the creation of spectacles, it is required to master each step of the production chain.
The making of one single spectacle can sometimes need up to twelve different skills: draughtsman, model maker, setter, polisher…each of them requiring technicity, meticulousness, passion and as many professionals.
Hinges with rivets, Italian acetate, hot stamping…: the Pinton models are real master pieces.
Cellulose acetate is a hypoallergenic material made from cotton which has the particularity of being flexible without loosing its shape. The François Pinton frames are handmade from Italian cellulose acetate.
The story of François Pinton eyewear began in Paris in the roaring twenties : a gifted artisan jeweller, Robert François Pinton, ran the prestigious house of Meyrowitz. After the Second World War, he signed his first exclusive collections for the international elite. In 1953, he founded the Maison François Pinton. Later, in the sixties and seventies, Dominique Pinton, the son of Robert François, designed iconic models for the French Riviera jet set. François Pinton eyewear symbolised la dolce vita and French excellence in spectacle-manufacturing, as it still does today.
Prince Charles, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, François Mitterand, Jacques Chirac, Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth, Jean Poiret, Robert Redford, Arthur Elgort, Georges Burns, Nicole Croisille, Jacques Barrot, Francis Ford Coppola, Richard Gere, Sharon Stone, Édouard Baladur, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Victor Vasarely, Madame de Rothschild, Colette Giacomotti, Bernadette Chirac, Henri-Georges Clouzot, Andrée Putman, Gregory Peck, and others. So many names now associated with such recognisable frames signed by François Pinton. Models originally tailor-made with pinpoint specifications, some of which still feature in the house’s collections today.