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From father to son
In 1964, Joël LESCA created his first collection in a small workshop in the Secrétan quarter, in the 19th district of Paris. Over the years, a strong customer base of independent opticians and specialized outlets has been built around the world.
His sons, Mathieu and Bertrand, grew up in the assembly workshops surrounded by glasses. They were therefore, quite naturally won over by the contagious passion of their father, who sought to transmit the family know-how to them.
By travelling and being in constant search of new pieces, they have found that French glasses have a true identity and are appreciated all over the world.
The family business must continue !
Since finishing their studies, they have both been working respectively in Paris and London, to develop and publicize the family brand, whilst respecting a model of artisanal development.
Manufacturing from “Europe to Japan”
Since 1964, Joel Lesca has worked craftsmen from several European countries including France. Inspired by the techniques of yesteryear, LESCA glasses are riveted and shaped according to strict specifications.
Unlikely to use mass manufacturing techniques, Joel Lesca has developed limited series collections in workshops or human-scale factories.
Today, thanks to the success of the brand in Japan, Joel Lesca has been brought regularly to the Fokui region to interact with local craftsmen, where he decided to develop a premium titanium collection, Hui, a dozen models in limited series.
“Sobriety and choice of materials”
Joel Lesca witnessed a stylistic and creative revolution in design (furniture, fashion, architecture …) between the 1950s and 1960s, but also in the emergence of new industrial techniques that made it possible to manufacture spectacles in series (with the invention of cellulose acetate and the development of modern eyewear factories in France).
Joel Lesca has always favoured the assertive style inspired by this time by creating glasses in a thickness bringing out the particularities of the material (style worn by Le Corbusier).
Today his sons, Mathieu and Bertrand, are trying to revive the past Lesca collections by respecting it’s DNA, thus valuing the history of the brand whilst remaining creative and modern.