A bold time to launch a fresh bold eyewear collection, but that didn’t discourage founder Akshar Patel to take a leap of faith and create his eyewear label Bold Dots.
I wanted to create a collection of eyewear drawing inspiration from my Indian heritage and interest in modern design that is different from what I have found in the market. I’ve always had an interest in accessories, especially sunglasses, and wanted to create a brand sourcing the best materials in the market. I also wanted to give back to my family’s community in India and am proud to donate a pair of eyeglasses and an eye exam to someone in need for every pair sold.
Founded by Akshar Patel, BOLD DOTS is a contemporary eyewear brand based in New York. The brand debuted with a soft-launch in March 2020 and officially launched in June to coincide with the summer season. Patel draws inspiration for each piece from his interests in modern and contemporary architecture, his Indian heritage, and his global travels. The collection is created using high quality acetate from Milan, stainless steel and polished titanium, electroplated in many silhouettes with 24 karat gold. For every pair sold, BOLD DOTS will donate a pair of glasses and funds for an eye examination to people in rural India.
For as long as Patel can remember, he’s always been obsessed with accessories, especially eyewear. A self proclaimed sunglasses aficionado, Patel has a robust collection of over 100 designer and vintage frames. As Patel collected sunglasses, he realized every frame he owned was licensed to the same big eyewear brands. Looking to support independent brands, he found the market to be lacking in something that looked different, used high-end materials, and relied on design rather than statement logos. Like many entrepreneurs at this point, Patel took a leap of faith, quit his consulting job in design, and created BOLD DOTS.
The inaugural collection includes three styles:
The Madison, an acetate ovular silhouette.
Deriving its name from the infamous fashion-centric avenue in New York City, outlined with absolutely stunning architecture, Madison is their rendition of a round frame with a subtle edge.
The Bryant, a rectangular silhouette, with a nose bridge inspired by traditional Indian palatial architectural motifs.
Embodying colors and styling inspired by the beautiful palaces of Northern India, Bryant is their take on a square-shaped lens that
effortlessly promotes a chic look with a subtle grace.
The Jean, a pentagram-shared, pure titanium framed silhouette inspired by contemporary architecture and features.
A distinctively edgy square-set frame, Jean is their first look into the beautiful art of precious metal luxurious eyewear.
Additional styles in both acetate and metal frames will be added to the collection throughout the summer.