We are the makers

Who makes your Dresdens? We do! We’re the manufacturers, returning 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.

To craft and make our unique modular frames, we worked with industrial designers who researched face shapes and sizes in all their varieties. After trialling various designs with 3D-printed prototypes, the Dresden modular, multi-sized frame system was born.

We manufacture our frames in Sydney, Australia in a partnership with an injection molding company 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 last 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.

What are Dresden frames made out of?

Our main range is made from a recyclable nylon (Grilamid TR-90, a Polyamide 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 molding 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’re currently experimenting with making frames from recycled plastics – a new frontier in frame making! So far we’ve experimented with:

  • Upcycled beer keg lids – a HDPE (high density polyurethane)
  • Upcycled milk bottle lids – a mixture of HDPE and LDPE (low density polyurethane)
  • Plastic rubbish – collected from Australian beaches, a mixture of everything and anything plastic
  • Upcycled fishing nets a durable, flexible Nylon 6 washed up on the shores of the aboriginal land in Arnhem Land, northern Australia

Dresden Optics glasses frame manufacturing