The story behind my new St. Eilen glasses… as mentioned in one of my previous posts, I would like to share it with you!
However, before starting to write about my new glasses, I have to say a few words about my last few pairs of glasses. As many bloggers out there I took advantage of companies such as Firmoo to receive an annual free pair of glasses. I wore them on the blog, put a link here or there and I got a new pair every year without thinking much about it. Sure, I knew these glasses where made in China (and we all know about the working conditions in most Chinese factories) and I knew they were cheap and the quality and material of the frames were not made to last for much longer than three years max. But, well, you know how it is – you get something for free, you get something new, and yeah, why not just taking advantage of it? This is what I was thinking in the past few years.
Those of you who follow my blog since a while know about that I changed in my behaviour as a consumer – I buy only ethical fashion, I buy only organic food, I try to avoid plastic as good as I can, etc. somehow it just did not fit with my life any longer to wear glasses every day, on every blog picture ( and in every work meeting with producers of organic food products). And every time I looked into the mirror I had to ask myself “who made the glasses I am wearing? What did (s)he get paid for it? What kind of chemicals did harm his/her body while (s)he made them?”
In a nutshell: glasses made in China under unclear conditions did not make me feel good any longer. And I did no longer feel beautiful wearing them.
The glasses I have been wearing most on the blog in the past three years have been extremely scratched and bent out of shape and it was obvious that I could not wear them much longer. So I had to decide: get another free pair from China or to pay a whole bunch of money to get a high quality pair of glasses, handmade in Germany under fair and ethical conditions .
Can you guess which one I chose?
Yes, I chose the latter one. And I spent more money on those glasses than I did on almost anything in my house. And guess what? It was SO worth it!
Not only do I love my glasses, but I LOVE myself every time I look into the mirror. Sure, the glasses look good, and they do look good on me, but the fact that I wear something where I know where it comes from, where it was made, who made it and how, just makes me happy!
So now about ST. EILEN – Max Steilen is the head of this small company and has developped THREE designs. Thats it. Three designs. He is convinced that we do not need a ton of different designs, shapes and shades but that we all do better when getting a pair of glasses which will make us happy for most of our life instead for just one season or two. After trying on his three different designs, I have to say that they did all look good on me.
However, when I tried on the pair that I bought in the end, it was love at first sight and there was no question or just a second of doubt. I took it on, looked into the mirror and I saw ME. I did not even really see the glasses, I just saw me and the glasses seemed to be part of me. I most definetly never felt like this before, whenever I was trying on glasses.
This sounds so overdone, I know! But this is how it was. And NO, I am not getting any money to write this. I did not even get a discount on the glasses. I paid the whole price and still I am writing this 😀 By the way, what comes with the price is not only an extraordinary quality but also an beyond extraordinary service.
When I was first contacting Max to express my interest in his glasses, he invited me for coffee and we were chatting, drinking coffee and looking at his glasses for two hours! Max told me alot about his past, working for a huge German optician and how he felt less and less comfortable with his job. Finally, he quit to open his own company and to make his own glasses under fair and ethical conditions here in Germany. He knows where the material is bought, he knows everyone who is touching the material from the very beginning to the very end. He is a transparent company. And I liked that.
So I ordered my glasses and came back a few weeks later to pick them up (yes, it takes a few weeks to make a pair of glasses by hand) – just to chat again for almost two hours while Max customized the glasses to the very last detail. When I came home however, I found the glasses too tight behind my right ear. I wore them for a few days but in the end I called Max and told him about my discomfort. He came to my house on Christmas Day to fix the issue. This is more than extraordinary service!
Feel free to check out sankteilen.com for more pictures and information. And just in case you are intersted in getting some really high quality glasses, handmade in Germany which come with an extraordinary service, make sure to let me know so that I can send you a coupon for 30€ off 🙂
Have a wonderful week ahead everyone!