Discover how our family-owned retail store from 1879 grew into a leading global eyewear design and manufacturing house.
Founded in St. Louis in 1879, our ancestor A.P. Erker opened the Erkers Optical Co., offering anything with a lens: eyeglasses, sunglasses, cameras, goggles, microscopes, telescopes, binoculars, and more.
In 1904, we served as the official photographer for the St. Louis World's Fair. In 1927, we designed and crafted the goggles Charles Lindbergh wore as he flew the Spirit of St. Louis from New York to Paris, marking the first solo, nonstop transatlantic flight. In the mid 1900s, we opened the first optical lab west of the Mississippi, allowing us to manufacture lenses onsite.
After narrowing focus towards eyeglasses, the family business grew into a global wholesale eyewear design and manufacturing house at the forefront of optic design and expert frame craftmanship. In 2003, we formed our wholesale business, Studio Optyx, which became home to a number of premium and luxury eyewear brands.
Since its founding, the family-business has been passed down through 5 generations of Erkers, making us the oldest optical company in the United States still owned by the descendants of its founding family. We now strive to uphold our family's legacy through the craft of high-quality, handcrafted eyeglasses capable of lasting a lifetime.
Studio Optyx is home to three in-house brands, Erkers1879, NW77th, and Tocco. Our heritage brand, Erkers1879, keeps the stories of our deep-rooted history alive and well through special insignia on each frame. We acquired NW77th in 2013, forming a brand that caters to high-energy lifestyles through bold colors and adventurous shapes. Our latest collection, Tocco, was established in the summer of 2023, offering a range of rimless, screwless eyeglasses with a minimalist design.
Aside from our in-house brands, we are a proud distributer of Monoqool, a brand of 3D printed eyewear rooted in the Danish design tradition, and the exclusive US distributor of ba&sh Eyewear, a French collection of ultra-feminine eyeglasses and sunglasses.
We craft our products using the strongest materials possible, including surgical-grade stainless steel, titanium, and our custom-designed cellulose acetate color blends.
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TIMELESS AND ELEGANT
Our heritage brand encompasses the pride we take in our family's history. Each design features a blend of classic and modern elements inspired by our past and the city of St. Louis.
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