California Made Eyewear | Daniel Lau of Kala Eyewear

In This Episode:

Learn about American made eyewear production from a pioneer.

We had the pleasure of sitting down with Daniel Lau, owner of Kala eyewear. The brand has been producing frames in California for numerous years.


1. How his Dad started the company
2. Polishing frames
3. Acetate production of eyewear
4. Eyewear culture and trends
5. What it means to be American made

This podcast was recorded at The After Party in Seattle on February 26, 2019. It is an independent eyewear and eyecare event.

About Daniel and Kala Eyewear:

Daniel has worked in the optical industry for 30 years, first for his father, then with his brother.

Kala is well known for perfectly round eyewear. Recreating iconic frames from the past as well as designing new and unusual shapes (with a California vibe) for today’s wearer.

The acetate frames are handmade in California with premium, raw acetate materials imported from Japan and Italy. They cut and polish each frame by hand and have been doing so in California for more than 25 years. The metal frames are all skillfully crafted by metallurgic artisans in a luxury factory in Japan.

The details in the designs are kept simple. Some of the metals have engraved filigree around the eyewire and bridge and others are interesting in shape. For the “Round Shape” wearers, the choices for acetate, metal, sizes and colors are the most in the eyewear industry.

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