Anne & Valentin’s sole existence is due to … Anne and Valentin. When these two forces of nature were struck by lightening during a chance encounter, fate offered them a future, which they shared professionally and personally for thirty years, their hearts beating as one. The deeply united couple spent their lives nurturing and expanding their brand over time. In Toulouse, where the company was founded and where its headquarters still harbor the core of the team, the Anne & Valentin lively spirit has been an inspiration to many. The adventure truly began in September 1980 when Valentin, the neo-hippie, obtained his optician’s degree. The two lovebirds were eager to start an optical store with a different approach than what was available at the time, with a unique selection of original, nondescript frames and a radically different sales philosophy.