IN 2012 MARC FRANCHI AND JASON STANLEY HAD AN IDEA THAT EVERYONE TOLD THEM WAS IMPOSSIBLE
– that they could find a way to manufacture high quality eyewear in the United States. The two first cousins and self-described ‘gear heads,’ began traveling the world, researching machinery and techniques and eventually built their own factory in Ventura, California.
Also in 2012, Scott Shapiro & Jerry Wolowicz – executives at a family owned, independent eyewear company – set out to create the world’s first truly American brand of luxury eyewear. After countless meetings with artisans and professionals throughout the industry, they finally found a partner that shared their vision.
It was clear that a collaboration with Marc & Jason could quickly become something transformative, and the four of them began discussing a new venture. In 2014, Marc & Jason moved themselves, their families and key employees to Chicago to team with Scott & Jerry and form a new entity.
This is the story so far of State Optical Co. – a brand fueled by an intrinsic motivation to accomplish the improbable and blaze its own path despite evidence that “it can’t be done.”
OUR PASSION LIES IN CREATING FRAMES DESERVING OF THE INDIVIDUALS WHO WEAR THEM.
Individuals recognized for what they do, not only what they wear. Individuals who appreciate that how your frame is made is as important as how it looks.
The aesthetic for the collection was meticulously crafted by Blake Kuwahara, a licensed optometrist and the industry’s preeminent American eyewear designer. The introductory line includes 12 styles – with each pair undergoing an arduous process of 75+ steps and hundreds of hours, turning the employees behind the brand into an elite group of artisans, handcrafting luxury eyewear.
We are proud to introduce STATE. The first-of-its-kind luxury eyewear brand, designed and manufactured exclusively in America.