Win­dows of the Soul

Bespoke - - MAISON BONNET - WRITER: Na­dia Michel

Imag­ine a fa­mously be­spec­ta­cled celebrity and there’s a good chance they’re wear­ing glasses by Mai­son Bon­net. From its ate­lier in the city of Sens, this fourth gen­er­a­tion com­pany has been sup­ply­ing cus­tom-made eye­glasses to the likes of Le Cor­bus­ier, Au­drey Hep­burn, Jackie Kennedy, Jac­ques Chirac, Yves Saint Lau­rent and I.M.PEI. As a list of ref­er­ences, it doesn’t re­ally get much bet­ter than that. Though lit­tle has changed for Mai­son Bon­net since its es­tab­lish­ment in the 1930s, the re­cent open­ing of a lux­ury bou­tique in Paris op­po­site the Palais Royal has put the brand some­what more in the lime­light. Still when we ar­rived on a sunny week­day morn­ing, most of the foot traf­fic seemed un­aware of the in­cred­i­ble in­sti­tu­tion that lurked in the Pas­sage des Deux Pav­il­lons, off the Rue des Pe­tits-champs. But ring the bell and you’ll be ush­ered in­side Mai­son Bon­net’s unique world. Nat­u­rally, you’ll find no over-the-counter frames or same-day de­liv­ery read­ing glasses here. But you might, if you’re lucky run into an­other like-minded so­phis­ti­cate. We hap­pened to bump into a young lawyer, pa­tiently wait­ing for her ap­point­ment. “My hus­band got some glasses from Mai­son Bon­net and I thought I’d like a pair too,” she shared af­ter a lit­tle prod­ding. The glasses she’s re­fer­ring to are no or­di­nary spec­ta­cles. They are the re­sult of a three-month op­er­a­tion, in­volv­ing 20 hours of hand labour, and a process that in­cludes 10 stages, 12 fit­tings, in­ter­views, per­son­al­ity as­sess­ments and face mea­sure­ments. With only six em­ploy­ees – in­clud­ing Chris­tian Bon­net and his two sons Steven and

Mai­son Bon­net is a fourth-gen­er­a­tion French lunetier that cre­ates hand­crafted spec­ta­cles for so­phis­ti­cates. They may take time but they’re well worth the wait.

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