Craftwork: 40 Years of Made in Italy

The Cutler and Gross atelier in Cadore, Italy


Traditionalists at heart, every Cutler and Gross frame is the result of an unrivalled ability to unify past and present. 

Having originally created frames by hand above our Knightsbridge shop, today our production takes place at our wholly-owned atelier in Cadore, Italy. Our highly skilled team of optical craftspeople carefully create each frame from scratch, honing skills that have been passed through generations in a region renowned for being the centre of optical manufacturing excellence.

Handcrafting a Cutler and Gross frame takes months; during which it will pass many hands and undergo many separate processes before completion.

Whilst some processes are best kept under wraps, take a look below at just a few of the steps it takes to create your Cutler and Gross frame.

Assisted with imagery shot in our own atelier, with our own highly-skilled craftspeople.

However, it is important we must make the distinction between perfection and uniformity. No two frames of the same style number will ever be 100% identical.

As opposed to the speedier version favoured by other brands, we don’t dunk our frames into an acetone bath for colour. Instead, each frame is hand-mopped layer by layer to build bold and unique pigments. 

We’ll keep this step to ourselves though, as some things are best kept secret.

Once finished, they’re ready to start the next part of their journey. Finding their way online or to any one of our stores in London, Bath, New York, Los Angeles or Toronto. The last call is yours to make.