About Us

 
 

Article One is an independent eyewear company based in Flint, Michigan. We produce handcrafted eyewear in Italy and sell to boutique optical shops around the country. We are proponents of complete brand transparency, giving credit to craftsmen, supporting small business, giving back to our community, and thoughtful design.

Championing craftsmanship

Article One frames are handmade in a small village in Northern Italy at the base of the Dolomites. The family-owned factory we work with has 12 craftsman who are experts in what they do. We work to give credit where credit is due by shining a light on the hands that touch each frame. 

The care put into each frame results in quality you can feel. 

Supporting small business

Prescription eyeglasses are a medical device and should be thoroughly customized to ensure the best experience for the wearer. We are not only passionate about supporting small business, we believe it's incredibly important for glasses to work properly, meaning an optical professional should be involved from start to finish.

Forging a path off the beaten trail

An integral part of our progression was founder Wes’s decision to move the company from Chicago to Flint, MI. While an unlikely city for a fashion startup, Flint’s community has proved to be inspiring, supportive and resilient. Further, it has proved integral in shaping Article One. We are surrounded by a community of tenacious doers who want to see their neighbors succeed.

 

Our Cause

 
 

Article One was founded to raise awareness and funding for Vitamin A deficiency in developing nations. We accomplish this mission by donating a portion of each pair sold to Helen Keller International.

 

Most people are unaware that about 500,000 children globally go blind each year from Vitamin A deficiency, and half of those children die within 12 months as a result of Vitamin A deficiency. Even more astounding, it costs just one dollar for a year’s worth of supplements for one child. That means a one dollar donation to Helen Keller International will ensure at least one child will not die or go blind from vitamin A deficiency.

 

Article One donates $2 from each sale to Helen Keller International, and to date has raised over $12k for the foundation.

 
 

The Problem

  • Vitamin A Deficiency (VAD) is the number one cause of childhood blindness.
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that as many as 190 million children, especially in Africa and Southeast Asia, suffer from VAD.
  • Each year, it is estimated that 670,000 children will die from VAD, and
    350,000 will go blind.

The Solution

  • Article One donates  $2 from each pair of glasses sold to Helen Keller International (HKI) at the end of each quarter.
  • Vitamin A supplementation is considered to be the most cost effective solution to any of the worlds health problems
  • The cost of manufacturing and distributing a year’s worth of vitamin A supplements to one child is just $1. 
  • Each pair of Article One sold helps save the sight and lives of two children.