We started to color treating sunglass at the beginning of 2012, although this was just a hobby for us, but after a while we could not keep up with the demand. Uglybell was originally created as a fun experiment but for us now it is a natural part of our lives.
As a lover of design and art, Nicholas Gkikas, he used to re-interpret everyday objects and gadgets and turn them into unique pieces of art with his personal touch.
From childhood, he had a constant feeling that he had to create something really special. He studied Industrial Design, and at the same time as a street artist, he drew graffiti on the walls of the city he grew up in, Athens. In early 2012 we came up with the idea of drawing on eyeglass frames. The result was just as he had thought: a colorful, vibrant and highly original pair of glasses. The first impressions of family and friends were extremely positive. The reaction of people stumbling upon him wearing his sunglasses, was something that he could never imagine, constantly asking him where did he buy those, and everyone was astonished when they were answered that he created them by himself.
This large demand lead to a new business idea and the setup of the brand Uglybell. Production takes place in a small and idea filled workshop in Athens, where the main activity is the creation of hand-painted glasses.
Each of our sunglasses is hand-painted. This is what gives us the freedom to create designs in patterns and colors that we believe are exquisite.
Just like a painting on a canvas, Uglybell sunglasses have a personal taste and imagination of the artists themselves.
We have developed a special coating process, which protects the frame from scratches and extreme weather conditions. Our philosophy is to create unique pieces. With designs, shapes and colors, that match the personality of each individual, we try to make them feel unique. With so many color palettes and patterns, the most difficult thing is to limit yourself to just one pair of Uglybell sunglasses.