Studio Optyx ERKERS 1879 - NW77thStudio Optyx / Erkers 1879 / NW77th is a family-owned eyewear business with a rich St. Louis history, dating back five generations to the company's inception in 1879. Since the inception, Studio Optyx has worked with some of the world’s most fashion creative and fashion leading factories. “We have a very high level of criteria that factories must meet in order for us to have a successful relationship. One that is engraved in my DNA since I was born,” says Jack III. After 5 generations, we are the oldest optical company in the United States still owned by the decendants of the founding family, and proud to be!