Randolph Eyewear handcrafts all its frames in its namesake town of Randolph, Massachusetts and has done exactly that since 1973, when former Royal Air Force navigator Jan Waszkiewicz and machinist Stanley Zaleski immigrated to the U.S. and opened up their own factory. Nestled just outside of bustling Boston, the Randolph factory still uses machines that Randolph engineers designed and built back in the ‘70s.

For the Randolph team, being American-made isn’t just something confined to a special collection—“it’s a core value and our authentic heritage,” Amy Bean, brand communications and marketing manager at Randolph told VM. “Each pair of sunglasses that leaves our factory was designed and built within the same four walls by hardworking, local craftsmen and women.”

Randolph had a huge moment in the spotlight in 2021, when the White House chose its iconic Concorde frame to be presented as a gift from President Biden to other world leaders in Geneva, Switzerland. The frames were a perfect choice for the President, whose fondness for aviators has been well-documented over the years.

But, of course, it wasn’t just the design that made the frames a perfect gift—it’s their American craftsmanship too. Randolph frames are made using jewelry-quality finishes like 23k gold, 23k white gold, and 22k rose gold. It takes nearly six weeks to make a single frame, with each frame constructed in 200 detailed steps.

COVID, a rapidly changing economy and blistering supply chain issues have hit Randolph, too, but these challenges haven’t knocked the team down. Bean explained, “Certainly, supply chain for raw materials has made it difficult to create our frames within our ideal timeline, however, we’re all learning and adapting to make the best out of the circumstances. Our teams have never been busier and we’re hopeful for continual growth… Jan Waskiewiczc, one of the Randolph founders, once said ‘Respect where you come from. Reinvent where you’re going.’ And that’s just what we’re going to do.”