OUR STORY

OUR PAST

For 143 years and 5 generations, our family has been dedicated to the craft of beautiful eyewear. Founded in St. Louis in 1879, our ancestor A.P. Erker created the Erkers Optical Co., offering anything with a lens.

 

We were the first optical laboratory west of the Mississippi River, served as the official photographer for the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, and custom designed the goggles that Charles Lindberg wore during his flight over the Atlantic.

 

After narrowing our focus towards eyeglasses and perfecting our craft, the family business grew into a global eyewear design and manufacturing house at the forefront of optic design and expert frame craftmanship. 

OUR PRESENT

Inspired by the generations that came before, we strive to uphold our family's legacy through the craft of beautiful, handcrafted eyewear that is capable of lasting a lifetime.

 

We have two in-house brands, Erker's 1879 and NW77th, and are a proud distributer of Monoqool, a brand with deep roots in the Danish design tradition that creates 3D printed eyewear using screwless technology. 

 

 Our products are made with the strongest materials possible, crafted using a surgical-grade stainless steel and our custom designed acetate color blends.

OUR BRANDS

 
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ERKERS 1879  |  TIMELESS AND ELEGANT

Initially founded in 1879 by our ancestors, our heritage brand, Erker's 1879, encompasses the pride we take in our family's history. Each collection tells a story honoring our past and the city of St. Louis. A gold emblem can be found on the temple tips of each frame, signifying the story behind the collection. 

NW77TH  |  FRESH AND EXCITING

Inspired by the high-energy lifestyles of young urban-dwellers, we created NW77th to bring together all things that make life fun, fresh, and exciting. This luxury brand of handcrafted eyewear keeps things interesting with its bright, bold colors and out-of-the-box shapes and styles. 

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MONOQOOL  |  UNIQUE AND INNOVATIVE

Monoqool is a maker of innovative 3D printed eyewear with roots in the Danish design tradition. Valuing simplicity, Monoqool uses screwless technology in their 3D printing process to create an ultra-thin, comfortable, and lightweight product that is truly unlike any other.

 
 

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