Made in Australia (yes, really!)

At Dresden, we are the makers. Right here in Australia. We’ve returned to a craft excellence we feel has been lost, where there was a direct connection between the making of a product and the person it was intended for.

To craft and make our unique modular glasses frames, we’ve worked with local industrial designers. After researching Australians’ face shapes and sizes in all their varieties, trialling various designs with 3D-printed prototypes, the Dresden single shape, multi-sized modular system was born.

Our frame production in western Sydney is a partnership with Astor Industries, a manufacturing company that was immersed in making car parts for Australia’s ever shrinking auto industry. Good timing for both of us.

We choose injection moulding as our manufacturing process so we can experiment with a huge range of plastic materials – both recyclable and recycled– and be responsive to interest in particular colours and materials.

The final step of making glasses happens right in our shops – we cut your lenses and assemble your glasses on the spot. No secret labs. No white coats. No great mystery.

So with Dresden, you know who made your glasses – us. Right here in Australia and in-store.

What are Dresden frames made out of?

A recyclable Swiss nylon called Grilamid TR-90, a Polyamide 12 (Nylon 12) – our main range. We’ve chosen this material because it’s the Rolls Royce of nylons – ultra durable and beautifully lightweight. Available from our online shop.

We also have a range of frames we make from recycled materials. This is a new frontier in frame making. So far we’ve made them from :

  • Upcycled beer keg lids – a HDPE (high density polyurethane). A Young Henry’s Cloudy Cider or would you rather a crisp mint green Natural Lager? We’ve made ‘beer goggles’ go from being simply pub banter to a reality!
  • Upcycled milk bottle lids – a mixture of HDPE and LDPE (low density polyurethane). Do you like yours lite, full cream or skim?
  • Plastic rubbish washed up on Byron Bay beaches – a mixture of everything and anything plastic
  • Upcycled Lego – yes, Lego! Made from reject Lego. Limited edition Small and Mediums temples (aka arms!) available from our online shop.
  • Fishing nets washed up on the shores of Arnhem Land – durable, flexible Nylon 6

Find out more about how Dresden sees and treats plastic waste as a valuable resource.

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