Erkers1879 recently announced the release of a limited-production collection of finely crafted eyewear, Erkers Special Reserve. Making its first-ever appearance at Vision Expo East last week, the inaugural release consists of three acetate eyeglass models, each available in four colors and designed with the heritage brand’s signature sense of tradition in mind. As a small-batch series, only one batch of each design is made, making for an exclusive style to be held by few.
Combining generations of expertise and history into each frame, the collection elevates the heritage brand’s typical range with a special production process and unique adornments found only in this collection. Inspired by the one-of-a-kind legends from their hometown, each frame features a microphone-like design along the temple exterior, symbolizing the parallel between one’s individuality and the rarity of each eyeglass. In designing the collection, the Erkers decided each wearer should feel as luxurious as their frame is exclusive. To achieve that high-end look and feel, the Erkers upgraded the brand’s standard matte metal components to a shiny silver, designed special rivets for the fronts and temples, and added a crosshatching pattern with a silver inlay at the temple tips.
With a commitment to crafting premium quality eyewear, each frame is made using materials of the highest possible quality, like surgical steel and biodegradable cellulose acetate. Each acetate eyeglass is reinforced by a silver wire core, as seen through the transparent inner temple. Contrasting the clear interior, the exterior features an opaque finish for a sophisticated, timeless style. Once each frame has gone through the handcrafting process they are tumbled in a special blend of wood, oil, and other natural materials for a remarkably soft and buttery-smooth finish.
Erkers1879 is an independent, family-owned brand of premium, handcrafted eyewear. Based in St. Louis, the Erkers have been leaders within the optical industry for over 144 years, dedicated to the craft of beautiful, high-quality eyewear for 5 generations. At the start, the Erkers were known for making anything with a lens, and they later narrowed their focus towards eyewear. The company is now run by the 5th generation of Erkers, Jack III and Tony Erker. To see these and the entire Erkers1879 collection, visit their website erkers1879.com.