AHLEM was launched in 2014 by Parisian-born, Los Angeles-based designer, Ahlem Manai-Platt. Following ten years in fashion Manai-Platt saw her future in perfect vision. "I live in glasses," she says of the apparent career move into eyewear, which first sparked interest among friends at a café in Paris. "We were discussing goals, and I showed the group a sketch from my notebook. The expressed excitement gave me the guts; the loss of a beloved pair of vintage sunnies shortly thereafter gave me the final push. And that's how the brand was born."
PLACE DE LA BASTILLE
Effortlessly cool, the Place de la Bastille is a subtle statement piece with vintage sensibilities.
Iéna is a classic open, round frame that accomplishes clarity and elegance without distraction. An excellent choice for strong prescriptions, it is finished with filigree-engraved nose pads and signature temple tips. To complement the Iéna, a sunglass clip-on is available in vibrant lens shades.
These foldable clips add prescription-sunglass function and a novel top-bar to Iéna. The foldable metal clip is electroplated in 22k gold and is easy to attach for the wearer. The clips feature a finishing touch of laser engraved Bauhaus filigree.
This oval-lens frame is the barless interpretation of Place de la Bastille. Straightforward and extremely flattering, Place Monge offersexquisite details, such as the laser-filigreed temples and nosepads, and signature temple tips, add depth and nuance to this classic simple shape.
These foldable clip-on sunglasses are the perfect accessory to our Bastille & Monge frame. By adding the clip-ons, you add both a new function (sunglasses with prescription) and a new look. Palladium electroplated in 22k gold and delicately engraved with our filigree.
In Voltaire, floating lower rims and a unique single bridge marry in a chic silhouette of superior harmony. A forward-looking deconstruction of the iconic navigator shape, Voltaire is finished with laser-filigreed titanium nose pads and signature temple tips.
These foldable clip-ons are the perfect accessory to our Voltaire frame. The clip-ons are electrodipped in 22k gold and delicately engraved with our artwork. By adding the clip-ons, you add both a new function (sunglasses with prescription) and a new look.
Distinguished by a distinctive off-round shape and Art Deco bridge, Place Dauphine is a design of elegance and originality. Feather-light yet impressively durable, this frame is fashioned from a single piece of metal that’s electrodipped in palladium followed by 22k gold and finished with filigree-engraved temples and signature temple tips.
These foldable clip-ons are the perfect accessory to our Place Dauphine frame. The palladium is electrodipped in 22k gold and delicately engraved with our artwork. By adding the clip-ons, you add both a new function (sunglasses with prescriptions) and a new look.
An AHLEM best-seller, Petit Palais’ slim, elegant profile wields soft power. Excellent for strong prescriptions, this unisex frame’s light footprint is echoed in its delicate details, including laser-filigree on the nosepads and signature temple tips. To complement the Petit Palais, a sunglass clip-on is available in vibrant lens shades.
These foldable clip-ons are the perfect accessory to our Petit Palais. The palladium is electrodipped in 22k gold and delicately engraved with our art work. By adding the clip-ons, you add both a new function (sunglasses with prescriptions) and a new look.
Handcrafted by artisans in Oyonnax, France
Electroplated in palladium and 22k fine gold
Titanium nose pads
Signature temple tips
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Tokyo is an intersection of tradition and modernism and exuberance and contemporary minimalism. The city seems overwhelming and fascinating when you're not there, but the minute you're in, everything becomes so obviously natural.
Contemporary cool, the Place des Victoires is the ultimate statement piece. Featuring a futuristic silhouette with a floating brow bar, this impeccably crafted frame lends any look the perfect amount of edge.
Floating bottom rims and a unique single bridge, the Saint Sulpice is the bigger version of one of our best sellers, Voltaire. The Place Saint Sulpice features impeccable detailing of a temple-tip made from hand-sourced vintage acetate.
"When we love we do not count." Here is our favorite shape made into sunglasses. Repetition is justified only if it brings a new experience, this condition is here. The large dimensions are so perfect that it differentiates itself within the collection. The visual power of design merges with the durability that results from the thickness of the acetate.
The Place Dauphine frame is composed of feather-light, electrodipped 22k gold, featuring a unique filigree engraved temples and finished with our signature temple tip made from hand-sourced vintage acetate.
A modern interpretation of a classic pilot shape from the 1980s, the Place d'Aligre has a half-rimless frame, inspired by the disparity of the Aligre area of Paris, where the street rules coexist with a rising intellectual community.