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CHILDE: Where Artistry Meets Eco-Conscious Style

In a realm where style, sustainability, and sun protection converge, there emerges CHILDE—an independent Australian brand that's redefining eyewear with a unique blend of quality, eco-friendliness, and artistic flair.

The Fusion of Italian Craftsmanship and Australian Passion

CHILDE draws its inspiration from the rich heritage of artisanal Italian culture and craftsmanship, seamlessly woven together with the vibrancy of Australian art, music, and environmental consciousness. The result is a captivating collection of eyewear that stands as a testament to the harmony between tradition and innovation.

Every piece of CHILDE eyewear is born in the bohemian coastal town of Byron Bay, Australia, where design meets nature. It's here that the vision for these exceptional eyepieces comes to life before being meticulously handcrafted in Italy by boutique, family-owned optical manufacturers.

The Future is Nature

At CHILDE, the underlying credo is a deep-rooted belief that the future is rooted in nature. Childe’s logo, i.e. Ouroboros, embodies the infinite cycle of life and echoes the commitment to creating products that honour the elements of the Earth.

A Journey of Passion and Purpose

The CHILDE story began in 2018 when Jon Laurenson, the founder, found himself inspired by the artistry of his friend and renowned Lisbon artist, Mario Belem, while living in Portugal. Jon's exploration led him to the artisanal eyewear manufacturers of Italy, igniting a creative spark within him. With a team of like-minded friends, the CHILDE eco eyewear dream began to take shape in April 2019, anchored in the heart of Byron Bay.

Jon Laurenson's experience in the fashion eyewear industry spans an impressive 25 years. As one of the original founders of Electric Visual and having previously managed Arnette Optics in Australia during the late '90s, Jon's return to the eyewear scene was marked by a desire to create a lifestyle brand with a strong community ethos and a deep commitment to ecological sensibilities.

Designing a Sustainable Future

CHILDE proudly offers a range of Australian-designed, Italian-made eyewear products that embody exceptional fit, quality, and eco-sensitivity. The frames are crafted from sustainable Plant-Based and Bio-Acetate materials, setting new standards in fashion eyewear.

CHILDE’s Wilde Plant-Based sunglass collection, made from 61% renewable resources, brings you Italian-quality sunglass fashion without breaking the bank—all while championing environmental responsibility.

Meanwhile, the CHILDE Hand Made Bio-Acetate eyewear collection stands as a testament to artistry and eco-friendliness. Crafted from the finest Mazzuchelli M49 Bio-Acetate, these modern frames are not only built to last a lifetime but are also 100% biodegradable under industrial conditions.

Childe’s Infinite

CHILDE's "The Infinite" is a remarkable pair of rectangular cat eye sunglasses is a design that's nothing short of captivating. The sunglasses are adorned with signature designer bevelled facets, lending them an aesthetic that's both timeless and contemporary.

Crafted from lightweight, plant-based materials, the lenses of "The Infinite" are a marvel in themselves. With a cat-eye style and a base 4 lens curve, they offer both style and superior protection for your eyes. Rated as lens category 3, they provide high UV protection, ensuring your eyes stay shielded from the sun's harmful rays. The lenses are tinted in a chic grey colour, adding a touch of sophistication to your look.

But that's not all. These lenses are not your ordinary eyewear; they are crafted from Plant Based Bio Lens material. This not only makes them lightweight but also highly resistant to scratches. Plus, you get a viewing experience that's nothing short of exceptional. And for those who prefer optical lenses, "The Infinite" can accommodate your prescription lenses effortlessly.

The hinges of "The Infinite" are equally impressive. With triple barrel stainless steel hinges, they are not only strong but also non-corrosive, ensuring the longevity of your eyewear. And to top it all off, each pair of "The Infinite" sunglasses comes with a fold-away hard case, ensuring that your eyewear remains safe and stylish on the go.

Childe’s MOOD Love You

CHILDE's "Love You" is channelling its alchemy in geometric square aviators based on a design that's both bold and unique. Coupled with a keyhole brow detail, it adds an element of sophistication that's hard to ignore. But what truly sets these sunglasses apart is the message of love inscribed on the right-hand temple/arm.

Ultimate Sun Protection

When it comes to sun protection, "Love You" doesn't compromise. With a base 6 lens curve, these sunglasses offer unparalleled protection against the sun's rays. Rated as lens category 2, they provide good UV protection, ensuring your eyes are shielded from harm. The lenses themselves are a work of art, with a stunning rose gradient that adds a touch of elegance to your look.


Words by AW

Photos courtesy of Childe Eyewear.


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