When you’re not just popping into the store to ask “if you have to pay to park in one of these spots” – we love your questions. Seriously, we love curious you. So here’s our answers to all of those general, weird and oddly specific questions
Sorry, we don’t have one. But we do love dead-stocks and good stories.
Beyond being a Brussels based workshop, we’re above all a team of curious eyewear addicts, born into a family where a passion for optics has been shared since 1934. Frames, lenses, temples, hinges and screws were always part of our everyday discussions, and still are. Come on in, we need to talk.
We dedicate our lives to chasing, checking, hacking and updating existing quality glasses worth preserving for future generations. We bring back to life the pairs we unearth while on digging trips by repairing, adapting, transforming and refreshing them in-store.This process provides the independence we need and allows us to bring you perfectly upcycled frames, at a fair price. They could be glasses from yesterday or decades ago. Age doesn’t matter. But quality and history do.
When not in the workshop, we hit the road as often as possible and head to the birthplace of the optic industry. With a lot of luck, a bit of boldness and the help of archives collected along the way, we wind our way through valleys and villages where millions of frames were produced. Think Privincia de Belluno in Italy or Haut-Jura in France. Once there, we obsessively search through cellars and attics, questioning locals and entering closed-down factories to unearth old stocks from frame designers and manufacturers, whether small family businesses or bigger names.
When we don’t have the opportunity to go that far, we track down retired opticians wherever we are, so that we can browse through their back rooms and learn from the best. These trips indulge our endless curiosity, as we uncover new regions where manufacturers and sub-contractors meticulously crafted thousands and thousands of frames, hand-drawing and shaping every screw and every hinge. These people and their glasses are the ones we want to hunt down, and we hope to be doing exactly the same for years to come.
Since the early days of Bidules, we’ve tried to select our lens suppliers carefully, to fit with the kind of glasses we want to offer, both in quality and price.
We always say no to exclusivity contracts, keeping the freedom to make our own choices.
This means that we can work with more affordable stock lenses in most cases, instead of lenses that have been tailor-made unnecessarily.
But sometimes, one of you, or one of us, wanna be a little more specific. That’s fun too.
Depending on your prescription, the shape of the glasses you chose its technical requirements, what you’ll want to wear them for and the size of your wallet, we’ll get your corrective lenses at Zeiss, Tokai
We edge two different materials depending on the glasses we’re working on, either CR39 or Polycarbonate.
Recently we have installed a new double filter process that makes sure the water used during the lenses edging and finishing process is clean and free from particles.
The closed-circuit system allows water to be fed from a storage tank when in use during the day. This tank contains a filter drawer that performs the first filtration, retaining the largest cuttings while the smaller particles settle at the bottom of the tank. At night, the filtering cycle is run. Water passes alternately between the storage tank and the filtration tank to remove any suspended particles and clean the storage tank. Particles are then collected and stored in a filter bag.
Like you, we spend a good part of our lives exposed to the blue light coming from the many screens that surround us. Like this one. So we’ve made sure that your glasses, whatever era they come from, can be equipped with lenses specially treated against artificial light. Prices starts from 40 € / pair, and we also offer same-day service.
Don’t panic! Each pair of glasses we sell comes with a guarantee against product fault for two years after your purchase. If you’ve had your frames longer, or if the damage was self-inflicted, remember that we love nothing more than salvaging frames.
Lost a screw? Sit on your favourite frames? Swing by the store whenever you want or get in touch, we’ll do our best to find a solution.
Honestly, we couldn’t tell you. There’s thousands upon thousands of frames in our stock. What you see in the store is only what we’ve been working on over the last few weeks, so we can demonstrate the scope of all of the eras, regions and creators that we’re fond of. Have a browse and let us know what you like (or don’t!) then we come up with a sharp selection of frames that suit you best – those that match your needs and style.
Having an online store would mean we’d have to choose a selection of our frames. Please don’t make us choose. We also love getting to meet all your pretty faces. At our store, you’ll have an open conversation with the team and finally be led to the pair of glasses that will become your new best friend. We’re like a real-life algorithm. For your face.
But if you couldn’t possibly wait any longer, give our GLASSES section a look for inspiration.
Ah, now we’re talking. For our frames or sunglasses, prices start at 59€. Around 80% of our selection is around 100€, and some super rare gold frames (that we probably shouldn’t even sell) can cost maybe 229€, max.
For the lenses, well, that can vary a lot, but somewhere between 80€ and 200€ for a pair of unbreakable, anti-reflective German or Japanese lenses with 2 to 3 years insurance. Not bad, eh?
No, we don’t own a secret restaurant in the back room, sadly.
That smell is typical of high index organic lenses when we carve them on our edger. This lense material is so thick that the machine heats up and its intense chafing results in that lovely garlic smell. Mmm.
We order and work on these kinds of lenses for glasses that require a more complex assembling process (nylon, rimless, …) or for heavy prescriptions. High index lenses are indeed the right option if you have a strong prescription, as they are thinner, lighter and allow us to avoid those bottle-bottom glasses.
If you’re looking for big names and designer labels, well, we might disappoint you. First of all, our selection is made with quality and aesthetic in mind. The names you’ll hear at the store won’t necessary ring a bell, but those families and manufacturers have produced some of the best frames for decades. We want to give pride of place to products that embody the craftsmanship of the optic industry and all the high quality materials that were used back then.
We’re pretty sure she kept them in a good state, but we don’t buy or sell second-hand frames. What we could do instead is change the lenses, bringing them back to life for you (or your grandma).
With this project we aim to reflect the diversity that characterizes our community, but also our selection of frames. So, we don’t select based on personal criteria or acquaintances. But, who knows, you could be next.