Francis Klein and Dixie Klein In The Limelight

When Dixie Klein of Francis Klein was in town, she was interviewed by Matt Wee of The Straits Times’ Urban section – here is the article, which ran in today’s newspaper! (Click on the picture to enlarge it – we don’t want you straining your eyes reading small print!)

“Glasses can be like jewellery pieces, rather than a medical device you have to wear.”

Bonus footage: behind the scenes at the interview and photo shoot!

The Straits Times – Urban’s Matt Lee finds out more about the inspiration behind Francis Klein, and how the gorgeous frames come into being.

Dixie strikes a pose!

Bienvenue Francis Klein

Colours across the spectrum, sparkly Swarovski gems, pretty decorative gems and gorgeous French design were all on display at our boutique on April 26 as we held our very first trunk show ever! And we could think of no one better to co-host it with than Francis Klein, one of our very favorite exclusive collections that we have been showcasing for almost 10 years.

Fabrics and feathers – no two Francis Kleins are 100 percent identical when they are all crafted by hand.

In 1970, optician Francis Klein opened his shop and was quickly disappointed by the lack of good-looking original products that he could sell. He decided to design his own eyewear collection and today, his award-winning collections have been on the most stylish Parisian runways, and are nothing like you’ve ever seen before. Inspired by classic vintage styles yet modern in innovation, Francis created his own special acetate so that feathers and fabrics can be embedded within the plastic frame for an unusual motif. Each frame is made-to-order and 100 percent handcrafted by artisans in France, a proud tradition that complements evergreen designs with the highest quality. Although each frame already has its own personality and attitude to complement your individual style and finesse, you can customise each frame by selecting colours, shapes or decorations within the Francis Klein collection for a one-of-a-kind showpiece.

A family business like us, Mrs. Klein is an interior designer who dresses up their beautiful boutique in the St. Germain neighbourhood, famous for Simone de Beauvoir, Jean-Paul Sartre, literary gatherings and artistic discourse (how apt!); daughter Betty also designs and is an optician; and daughter Dixie handles the international export business.

Francis, Dixie, Betty and Michele Klein (clockwise from top left).

We were very honoured to have Dixie at our trunk show to introduce the summer collection to our Francis Klein fans. For the first time, everyone could try on as many of these vibrant and gorgeous frames as they liked, until they found one (or two, or three!) that they fell in love with, sometimes at first sight. They’ll each receive something very special – a personally signed picture of them wearing their chose frame, signed by Francis Klein himself.

With wine, cheese and other snacks, everyone had a wonderful time – here’s the evidence!