GOLD & WOOD
Life moves at a rapid pace and the more we do and faster we move the more we become disconnected from life itself. By taking the time to handcraft the world’s most elegant eyepieces, made from the most exquisite natural materials, Gold & Wood strives to bring its owner back in touch with the magical world that surrounds us. Before Gold & Wood products become eyepieces, they are the noble materials in their raw form: gold, wood and buffalo horn. Only by the patient hand craftsmanship in the Gold & Wood atelier do these materials transform into eyepieces.
Designed & Handmade in Paris
Gold & Wood is a gateway to a world of subtle luxury, where the quality and opulence of the materials and workmanship speak for themselves. Unparalleled expertise has become an art whose secret – from design to production – is well kept.
Noble and authentic, wood is a material which takes us on every continent. As a symbol of a civilization, of a people or of a country, it can express a wide range of feelings, it reflects our evolution over time. We draw our strength and the richness of our products from the heart of the most precious woods around the world. Trees have a story, they carry an experience; wearing wood means preserving a tradition and claiming values. You are an eco-responsible consumer, conscious of the world around you and looking for a frame combining a natural substance with luxury; we welcome you in the Gold & Wood fellowship.
The different woods are considered valuable because of their extraordinary and very rare character. Some of them can only be exploited once reaching maturity, and this after a few scores of years. Rarity explains the often high price of many of these fine woods. They have fine graining and are harder than regular woods, with an exceptional natural aesthetic character. Wood as a living material, gives each creation a unique value: in fact, the color of your frame varies slightly over time, the graining of the same wood differs from one part to another. Therefore, no frame will ever be strictly similar to the other.
DESIGN & CRAFTSMANSHIP
Innovation and seduction are the heart of what preoccupies the Gold & Wood team of designers. That means giving that extra touch of soul to their eyewear by seeking news shapes, by inventing new combinations of materials and colors and by developing new techniques. Each set of frames is therefore designed in the same pursuit of comfort, luxury, elegance and purity – following a distinct philosophy merging the tradition of fine craftsmanship with industrial innovation. To better satisfy the customers of the planet, by enriching the Gold & Wood Collection with original models, in step with their times, such is the ambition of our designers.
The workmanship invested in temples, with materials as noble and natural as Fine Wood or Authentic Buffalo Horn, is an art that many envy, and some try to imitate, but none has succeeded in matching. Entirely handcrafted with traditional artistry in their own workshops, they are the result of the talent and dexterity of seasoned craftsmen. Apart from this skill, their workmanship is inspected at each stage in the production process – from shape cutting, varnish sanding to perfect the comfort of the temples, right through to the polishing that shows the material in all its splendor. The work combines delicacy and strength in perfect balance, when the fronts and other metal parts as well as the lenses are added. The metal parts are made from high-quality alloys and the fronts are carefully machined according to a design developed to create the most harmonious frames.
HISTORY & AWARDS
Captivated by the beauty and feel of fine woods, Maurice Leonard embarked on a fascinating adventure in a small spectacle-making enterprise in 1995. Gold & Wood has long stood for more than just elegant eyewear.
Gold & Wood Eyepieces transport you to a new level of luxury while reminding you of the intimate details and powerful magic of life. By combining the precious raw materials, Gold & Wood awakens the magical element. This is what makes Gold & Wood unique. This magic is the secret ingredient of Gold & Wood.
In 2004, Gold Wood won its first Silmo d’Or for “Star”, a model in the sunwear category; this award symbolizes the recognition of the entire profession for exceptional savoir-faire.
Two further nominations in the same category followed in 2005 and 2006. In 2007 the “Moon” model won a second Silmo d’Or in the sunwear category.