The entire Carillon Vision Care team visited State Optical Co. on April 7th, 2017. State Optical is the ONLY luxury eyewear company that manufactures it’s glasses in the United States. The factory is located about 30 minutes from our practice in Vernon Hills, IL. We are proud to carry the entire line at Carillon Vision and we love to support this local company!

Dr. DalPorto, Phyllis, Dr. Agrest, and Lucy listen to State Optical Founder Scott Shapiro

IN 2012 MARC FRANCHI AND JASON STANLEY HAD AN IDEA THAT EVERYONE TOLD THEM WAS IMPOSSIBLE

Monique, DeMarius, and Dr. DalPorto check out the warehouse

– that they could find a way to manufacture high quality eyewear in the United States. The two first cousins and self-described ‘gear heads,’ began traveling the world, researching machinery and techniques and eventually built their own factory in Ventura, California.

Also in 2012, Scott Shapiro & Jerry Wolowicz – executives at a family owned, independent eyewear company – set out to create the world’s first truly American brand of luxury eyewear. After countless meetings with artisans and professionals throughout the industry, they finally found a partner that shared their vision.

It was clear that a collaboration with Marc & Jason could quickly become something transformative, and the four of them began discussing a new venture. In 2014, Marc & Jason moved themselves, their fa

Dr. Agrest checks out some of the raw materials

milies and key employees to Chicago to team with Scott & Jerry and form a new entity.

This is the story so far of State Optical Co. – a brand fueled by an intrinsic motivation to accomplish the improbable and blaze its own path despite evidence that “it can’t be done.”

 

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Handmade luxury eyewear