A paradox of pop culture — some people spend money on trendy but cheap eyewear, while longing for eternal classics. This paradox recognised was the spark that ignited the KILSGAARD brand. The logic of our design is to subvert this contradiction – nurture that longing for iconic and classic eyewear, but with designs founded in structural integrity.
Jacob Kilsgaard founded the company in 2007, and worked closely with the renowned architectural design company Bonnelycke MDD from the beginning. The concept was ready to launch in March 2008 at the Drommesyn show in Copenhagen. Jacob doesn’t come from a designer’s background, but his passion for ‘feinschmeck’ and good, clean business strategies have successfully translated into urban-classic spectacle frames by Bonnelycke MDD. Realizing that it takes a near-neurotic individual to develop the classical minimalism Jacob was looking for, he brought Bonnelycke MDD on board.
Kilsgaard Eyewear embodies simplicity. The idea is to create a contemporary, elegant design that both compliments and reinforces the style of the wearer. We keep our gaze ahead of the trends – watch how they evolve – but stay grounded in the classic designs that have outlasted decades. We’re not here to revolutionize the world of eyewear. We’re here to re-introduce, in our own package, what’s proven to work: minimalist aluminum.
Good design has the strength to be simple. That’s why we’ve designed logical spectacle frames that are reliable and insist on elegant tech solutions. One screw fastens hinges and rim-lock, and all frames are 100% aluminium—some combined with the finest acetate money can buy—light as feather and strong as steel. The frames are designed in Denmark, produced in Italy, returned home to Denmark to be colour-anodised, and shipped back to Italy for final assembly; an expensive but necessary process to maintain the high quality we demand. Anodising is a chemical process that colours and tempers the metal, making it impossible for the paint to peel.
Designed in Denmark. Produced in Italy.
All frames are 100% aluminium—some combined with the finest acetate money can buy—light as feather and strong as steel.