The Art of Eyewear Making



Craftsmen’s know-how is the magic by which exceptional raw materials take shape in the most exclusive products. Smith & Norbu’s range of glasses are crafted by skilled artisans using traditional techniques carefully preserved and handed on from one generation to the next.

Manufacturing a piece of spectacles involves as many as 50 separate operations, all carried out exclusively by experienced crafts people. Among a multitude of highly precise individual steps, the horn has to be cut, open, pressed, sawed and thoroughly polished. Through meticulous attention to detail and superb craftsmanship, Smith & Norbu eyewear are of the highest quality and durability and can be cherished for a lifetime.

Fit for the purpose is another of our major beliefs. For that reason, our optical frames are carefully engineered to meet today’s active men needs and every single manufacturing details are carefully thought about. Our products are light, comfortable and resistant.


1.The horn is first cut, pressed and flattened to make a rectangular plate. The raw material is then cut and frame is given its final shape.
2.Face and temples are milled with high.
3.Frames are finished entirely by hand.
4.The frames are thoroughly polished by hand.
5.Then make sure that the color of the temples matches the color of the faces. The color composition process is conducted by highly experienced craftsman.
6.The frames are assembled and adjusted.
7.The frames are entirely finished by hand.