Brando is the Japanese pronunciation for ‘brand' and is the brainchild of Michael Jardine, Brando's Chief Dreamer. Since he and partners launched a business on a Canadian island, covering eyewear with leather for brands such as Polo Ralph Lauren, Tura and Ray-Ban, Jardine has excelled at international eyewear development for more than three decades.
In the course of building an extensive collection of antique and vintage eyewear, he was able to acquire several significant vintage eyewear brands. From this stemmed the dream of launching a company celebrating some of the most important eyewear designers in history.
Using original design archives as inspiration, some of the world's most talented young eyewear designers are paired with brands like Yohji Yamamoto, Serge Kirchhofer and Philippe Chevalier. The result: newly designed collections emerge, combining the ethos and influence of the original with fresh perspectives, which are then realized in the highest level production houses available in the world.
In addition, the legendary Alyson Magee who designs and controls her own collections, also finds a natural home in the new incubator of exceptional eyewear that is: Brando.