Erker’s 1879 // An Iconic heritage

Annaliese is wearing Clayton, a sophisticated, yet playful acetate frame from the Transatlantic collection of Erker’s 1879. We love how the soft upsweep design emphasizes her feminine vibes, and the subtle emblems embedded into the temple tips, showing the New York airport code RFA and the Paris airport code LBG as a tribute to Charles Lindbergh’s transatlantic flight.

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This beautiful frame features a stainless-steel wire core and authentic rivets and is available in four colours, like Sea Foam, Burgundy, Champaign, Fatigue, and PK Tort.


So what does Lindbergh’s transatlantic flight have to do with fine eyewear? For that, we have to go back to the year 1927, when our friends at Erker’s sold anything with a lens, including the goggles that Charles Lindbergh wore during the first solo, non-stop transatlantic flight from New York to Paris. They are very proud to have made his goggles. This was their first international project and first time back in Europe since 1879 when their ancestors immigrated to the US from Germany.

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About Erker’s 1879

As a family company since 1879, inspired by the generations that came before them, the Erker team has dedicated their lives to the art of beautiful eyewear. For over 140 years the Erker family continues to design high-quality, fine eyewear that can last a lifetime.
The Generations that came before them contributed greatly to the success of the company. They truly believe that the only way to make great products in the future is to appreciate and give thanks to those who helped pave the way. They honor their ancestors and their milestones within the company with the emblems below. You will find these insignias discretely placed throughout their collection.


Founded in Saint Louis. MO in 1879 by A.P. Erker, the company remains under family control today. The company maintains its headquarters in Saint Louis, for the past 140 years.

Read more about this beautiful American brand on TEF Magazine or visit their website.

Shooting: TEFdoesLONDON
Eyewear: Models Jesse and Smith by Erker’s 1879
Model: Annaliese Dayes, model and presenter at 100% Optical London

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Author: maarten weidemaAfter being a freelance eyewear designer since 1999, TEF founder Maarten Weidema now solely writes about his fellow designers in the optical industry. His passionate mission is to promote independent eyewear to the international optical arena, backed up by a large group of bloggers and journalists from all over the world. He has recently been awarded "International Optical Personality of the Year", "Leading Innovator in Optical Social Media Marketing", "Social Media Marketing Company of the Year" and received several awards for "best eyewear blog" for his efforts to promote independent eyewear to a community of 517.000 eyecare professionals.

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