Ambrosius Smets

When we met Ambrosius Smets the other week in Antwerp, it was as if our random rendezvous was meant to be. We walked into his oh-so-delightful accessories shop, Made by Hand, and immediately noticed his sharp, monochromatic style – and those big, can’t-look-away glasses. Ambrosius found these vintage Rodenstock frames at a market in Brussels, hidden among tables and tables full of dead-stock specs. The large, “bug-eyed” shape and brown-hued “Tabac” color are staples of 1970s and 80s design. This pair, believed to be the “E584” model, was first released in the early 80s, and features the company’s “Rodaflex” spring hinges, which were quite innovative at the time.

Ambrosius loves big chunky glasses and has multiple pairs of vintage frames in his collection. When he found these frames, the prescription inside was an exact match to his! Like we said – it was all meant to be.