Founded in 2010, Illesteva is an independently-owned eyewear brand designed in New York and hand made in Italy and France.
Taking cues from downtown New York and inspiration from around the world, our styles are a direct product of our endlessly fascinating surroundings. We take passion for modern design and translate it into pieces that are fundamentally wearable. Our frames are handmade exclusively by the leading manufacturers of luxury eyewear, in small family-owned factories in Italy and France. Only the highest grade materials are used. This meticulous process takes over 90 days and requires more than 50 steps from start to finish. The name Illesteva was born out of a initial meeting with one of those skilled artisans, named Luigi Esteva - and a family infatuation with Casablanca heroine Ilsa Lund.
"We have found Beyoncé and Meghan Markle’s favorite sunglasses label"
— Vogue France
Designed in New York. Handmade in Italy.