Made in Australia (yes, really!)

Who makes your Dresdens? We do! 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. We manufacture our frames locally and cut your lenses and assemble your glasses right in front of you in-store.

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

We manufacture our frames in western Sydney in a partnership with Astor Industries who, when we first met them, were immersed in making car parts for Australia’s ever-shrinking auto industry. It was good timing for both of us.

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.

Fair dinkum fair trade

Who made your glasses? One of our team. Paid Australian wages with Australian working conditions.

Because we manufacture our own product and fit lenses in-store, you can be assured of exactly who makes your Dresden glasses. Us, right here in Australia. No need to check if it’s Fair Trade.

Manufacturing in Australia is another one of the ways we’re doing things differently.

What are Dresden frames made out of?

Our main range is made from a recyclable Swiss nylon called Grilamid TR-90, a Polyamide 12 (Nylon 12) to be precise! We’ve chosen this material because it’s the Rolls Royce of nylons – ultra durable and beautifully lightweight.

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

We also upcycle plastics to make frames 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 polyethylene). A Young Henry’s Cloudy Cider or would you rather a crisp mint green Natural Lager? ‘Beer goggles’ are lifted from pub banter to reality. 😉 Limited edition Small and Mediums temples (aka arms!) available from our online shop.
  • Upcycled milk bottle lids – a mixture of HDPE and LDPE (low density polyethylene). Prefer yours lite, full cream or skim? Light blue, dark blue or pink?
  • Plastic rubbish – collected from Byron Bay beaches, a mixture of everything and anything plastic
  • Upcycled fishing nets – washed up on the shores of Arnhem Land, durable, flexible Nylon 6
  • Upcycled Lego – yes, Lego! Made from reject Lego.

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

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