AHLEM is a luxury eyewear brand that was founded in Los Angeles in 2014 by Paris-born designer Ahlem Manai-Platt.
She first broached the subject with friends at a café in Paris. “We were discussing goals, and I showed the group a sketch from my notebook,” she says. “The excitement they expressed gave me the guts; the loss of a beloved pair of vintage sunnies shortly thereafter gave me the final push."
What emerged from those initial sketches was a debut run of nine handmade eyewear frames rendered in plant-based acetate. Out of the gate, AHLEM had a fully formed point of view that carries through today. With boutiques in Paris, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, AHLEM’s organic shapes and elegant geometries exist beyond trend, in the belief that objects of timeless design and superior quality are always relevant.