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founded in amsterdam

About Us

Our journey began out of a genuine frustration – a frustration with the dichotomy of the eyewear market.

In a world where good quality sunglasses were often overpriced, leaving many without access to durable eyewear, and alternatives proved to be unsustainable and short-lived, we saw an opportunity for change.

Fueled by this dissatisfaction and a passion for eyewear, we founded Essential Glasses with a clear goal in mind – to democratize premium eyewear.

We believe that everyone deserves access to high-quality sunglasses without breaking the bank.

Our commitment is to bridge the gap between exceptional craftsmanship and affordability, ensuring that you can adorn yourself with stylish, durable eyewear that doesn't compromise on quality- and having a positive impact while we're at it.


Our Mission

Our dedication to sustainability is reflected in our approach to eyewear.

By offering affordable, high-quality eyewear, we provide an alternative to the fast fashion model. Our products are crafted with durability in mind, ensuring longevity and reducing the need for frequent replacements. In embracing this ethos, we aim to counteract the negative environmental impact associated with disposable fashion items.

However, we wanted to take things a step further.

In 2023 we started The Mantanani Project. Our goal: have a positive and measurable environmental impact on the tropical island Mantanani.

Mantanani Island is a small island off the coast of Malaysian Borneo.


With every purchase of our sunglasses, €10 are dedicated to clearing the island's beaches of harmful plastic in order to protect its beautiful coral reefs and ensuring a cleaner future for its inhabitants.


support the mantanani project

Use coupon code WELCOME10 for 10% off your first order.

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