Gold & Wood Eyewear / Eyeglasses at Atlanta Vision Optical Boutique
One man, one ambition Captivated by the beauty and feel of fine woods, Maurice Leonard embarked on a fascinating adventure in a small spectacle-making enterprise that at the time had only about ten employees. Starting originally with all-wood or wood and silk, Maurice Leonard set out to make elegant, refined frames for people who appreciate beautiful objects.
His unique expertise was soon turned to producing exclusive, upmarket eyewear. The factory perfected its technique and improved the style of its collections. The models became more refined and balanced, and were designed to be “Retro” or “Classic”. They now used other materials too. Gold & Wood started making metal fronts, while wood was reserved essentially for temples.
Our spectacle-makers again demonstrated their talent and expertise in their work with a highly sought-after, yet very fragile material genuine Buffalo Horn. The beauty and mobility of this material give these frames a distinctly upmarket dimension. Connoisseurs immediately appreciate the beautiful workmanship as well as the modularity of the collections, which permit a variety of combinations of fronts and temples.
To keep up with demand for Gold & Wood frames, the company is reorganizing. The Design Team is being reinforced, a communication unit has been set up and the sales and marketing department is extending its activities. Creativity and innovation are what drives these teams, ceaselessly seeking and developing new eyewear applications. Titanium has joined the list of materials, carbon fibre is used for decoration, surface coatings are being perfected – and the Bijoux Collection is being reborn with new features.
Design & Qualtiy Eyewear
It is not just the time they spend and the incredible passion driving our employees that make Gold & Wood frames unique. It is also their uncommon expertise in using the most refined and desirable natural materials that gives the Collection its unique character. Unparalleled expertise has become an art whose secret – from design to production – is well kept.
Innovation and seduction are the heart of what preoccupies the Gold & Wood team of designers. That means giving that extra touch of soul to our eyewear by seeking news shapes, by inventing new combinations of materials and colours and by developing new techniques. Each set of frames is therefore designed in the same pursuit of comfort, luxury, elegance and purity – following a distinct philosophy merging the tradition of fine craftsmanship with industrial innovation. To better seduce and satisfy the customers of the planet, by enriching the Gold & Wood Collection with original models, in step with their times, such is the ambition of our designers.
The workmanship invested in temples, with materials as noble and natural as Finewood or Authentic Buffalo Horn, is an art that many envy, and some try to imitate, but none has succeeded in matching. Entirely handcrafted with traditional artistry in our own workshops, they are the result of the talent and dexterity of seasoned craftsmen. Apart from this skill, their workmanship is inspected at each stage in the production process – from shape cutting, varnish sanding to perfect the comfort of the temples, right through to the polishing that shows the material in all its splendour. The work combines delicacy and strength in perfect balance, when the fronts and other metal parts as well as the lenses are added. The metal parts are made from high-quality alloys and the fronts are carefully machined according to a design developed to create the most harmonious frames.
Every set of frames bearing the Gold & Wood signature has received the most attentive care by our eyewear designers and craftsmen.
They are assembled and adjusted by hand then inspected and approved by an experienced controller.
The tests performed on the frames – and particularly on the spring-hinges are a guarantee of workmanship and reliability.