MYKITA is a modern manufactory that combines precision craftsmanship with new technologies. A constant search for innovation, the visionary use of materials and a wealth of experience in eyewear design are the defining elements behind MYKITA’s collections. A key factor in the company’s success is its holistic business philosophy, which brings together expertise from all disciplines under a single roof, the MYKITA HAUS. It thrives on the power of a self-contained network that enables interdisciplinary research and the transfer of technologies. This all-encompassing mentality is also reflected in the MYKITA Shops; the unique retail concept unites the firm’s own design principles with optical precision made in Germany.Read more!
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Founded in 1967, Mitsuhiro Matsuda’s Nicole Company quickly became one of the most influential fashion houses in the world. Known for intricately detailed, yet surprisingly restrained interpretations of classic styles, Matsuda’s designs became a favorite of celebrities and design aficionados throughout the world. Matsuda’s legendary Japanese eyewear collection has long been known for its exquisite craftsmanship and impeccable attention to detail, design, and use of engraved metals. Painstakingly crafted by hand in the artisanal eyewear workshops of Japan, each Matsuda creation represents over 40 years of design history and heritage.Read more!
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Life moves at a rapid pace and the more we do and faster we move the more we become disconnected from life itself. By taking the time to hand craft the world's most elegant Eyepieces, made from the most exquisite natural materials, Gold & Wood strives to bring its owner back in touch with the magical world that surrounds us. Before Gold & Wood products become Eyepieces, they are the noble materials in their raw form: The Gold, The Wood and The Buffalo horn. Only by the patient hand craftsmanship in the Gold & Wood atelier do these materials transform into Eyepieces. To unite these rare materials is the process that awakens the magical element. This is what makes Gold & Wood unique. This magic is the secret ingredient of Gold & Wood.Read more!
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Face à Face eyewear is designed by French architect Alyson Magee and handmade by the finest craftsmen - in France for the optical frames, and in Italy for the sunglasses - who combine artistic skills with mastery of technological innovations. Like an architect Face à Face works with volumes, shapes, materials, colours and textures to give its glasses the power to express the personality of their wearer. Each collection is preceded by a research and a design stage, resulting in new styles enhanced by innovative concepts incorporating new sensibilities. The product expresses contemporary design, individuality, its capacity of being a vector of personal expression and of personal luxury. The quality and creativity of the collections have been rewarded several times. Face à Face eyeglasses and sunglasses can be seen in many TV shows and are worn by many famous people in movies as well many high profile people in real life.Read more!
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ic! berlin is a German company who designs and produces eyewear by hand in Berlin and distributes worldwide. The company was founded in 1999 by Ralph Anderl. ic! berlin are noted for producing eyewear from 0.5mm thick stainless spring steel sheet metal, using a patented hinge design which avoids the use of any screws or glue in the construction of their frames. The combination of materials and techniques allows their products to be light and flexible. The company has received various awards for their product designs and technological achievements. ic! berlin has produced designs in collaboration with Danish fashion label Bo Van Melskens, German/French design collective KIX, Jeremy Tarian, Freitag, and London fashion label Superfine.Read more!
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What is the most underrated cosmetic enhancement? Eyeglasses. Think about it: millions of people wear glasses and yet most only have one pair, perhaps with a sunglass alternate. And yet, most people wear their glasses day in day out, in the office, while working out, at a black-tie affair, and while just flopped on the couch watching television. Richard Mewha and Rick Nelson think about this a lot, which makes sense as they're in the eyewear business and founded their own eye frame company, bevel, in 1999. They're committed to making eyewear as essential to personal style and self-esteem as apparel or cosmetics. After all, while wearing prescription lenses corrects an optical need, it also brings attention to a primary asset: the face. Eyeglasses are universal, not gender specific, easy to maintain, and play a crucial role in our lives and daily discourse.Read more!
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Artisans and Master Craftsmen with as many as 50 years dedicated to perfecting their crafts employ a costly and laborious combination of traditional and modern production techniques. Like master watchmakers practicing their timeless craft, DITA provides a reprieve from a mechanized world where grace, beauty and craftsmanship are increasingly considered antiquated concepts. Inspired by generations of artisans and craftsmen who came before us, we’ve dedicated our lives to the mastery of our art form. Our unique creative and production philosophies blend East with West in perfect harmony to create optical frames and sunglasses of lasting beauty and quality. Our perpetual mission is to create the world's finest and most beautiful eyewear because for us, a passionate commitment to excellence is the only acceptable way of life.Read more!
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KUBORAUM ARE MASKS DESIGNED ON THE FACE OF THOSE WHO WEAR THEM, MASKS THAT HIGHLIGHT PERSONALITY AND EMPHASIZE CHARACTER. THE MASK IS SYNONYMOUS WITH MOCKERY, WITH GAME. THE KUBORAUM MASKS ARE SYNONYMOUS WITH ACCENTUATION, PROTECTION AND SHELTER. KUBORAUM ARE LIKE CUBIC ROOMS WHERE WE SHELTER OURSELVES, WHERE WE ARE FREE TO LIVE IN OUR INTIMACY, WHERE WE LIVE ALL OUR IDENTITIES AND LOOK AT THE WORLD THROUGH TWO LENSES.
THE BRAND WAS FOUNDED IN BERLIN IN THE ROOMS OF A FORMER POST OFFICE ON THE BORDER BETWEEN EAST AND WEST BERLIN. THE SPACE THAT WAS ORIGINALLY CONVERTED INTO A GALLERY, IMMEDIATELY BECAME THE INCUBATOR FOR THE CREATION OF NEW PROJECTS. AFTER VARIOUS METAMORPHOSES, TODAY THIS PLACE INCLUDES THE STUDIO, SHOWROOM AND THE KUBORAUM FLAGSHIP STORE. FROM DESIGN TO BRAND IDENTITY, FROM IMAGE TO COMMUNICATION, FROM PHOTO TO VIDEO PRODUCTIONS, FROM INSTALLATIONS TO INTERIOR DESIGN PROJECTS – ALL CONTENTS AND ALL THE MAGIC HERE IS DEVELOPED UNDER THE DIRECTION OF ARTIST, SCULPTOR, DESIGNER LIVIO GRAZIOTTIN AND ANTHROPOLOGIST, BRAND, COMMUNCIATION & MARKETING DIRECTOR SERGIO EUSEBI.
ALL MASKS ARE ENTIRELY DREAMED IN BERLIN AND HANDMADE IN ITALY.
KUBORAUM EYEWEAR IS NOT AN INANIMATE AND INORGANIC OBJECT, BUT OBTAINS THE POWER OF A MASK. IT CHANGES THE PERCEPTION OF SELF. THOSE WHO WEAR THE KUBORAUM MASK, COME TO LIFE AND ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE TO FREE THEIR IDENTITIES. THESE MASKS REPRESENT CUBIC ROOMS, A NEW DIMENSION WHERE WE CAN FEEL AT EASE, COMFORTABLE WITH OURSELVES AND THE WORLD AROUND US. KUBORAUM IS NO LOGO. IT IS A MASK WITH ITS OWN LOOK AND POWER, BUT AS SOON AS YOU WEAR IT, THE MASK DOESN’T HIGHLIGHT ITSELF, BUT IT HIGHLIGHTS THE PERSONALITY AND FEATURES OF THE PERSON WEARING IT, KUBORAUM’S IDENTITY IS ABOUT THIS RELATIONSHIP.
MONUMENTAL, CONCRETE AND ORGANIC ARCHITECTURE, ENDLESS SPACE, BODYSCAPES, LIQUID IDENTITIES, AMAZEMENT, YUGEN, ECOLOGY OF MINDS, POWER OF MASKS, SATORI, INFINITE LANGUAGES, SHAMANIC METHOD.
THE PROJECT STARTED IN FEBRUARY 2012 WITH THE ITALIAN ARTISANAL TRADITION IMPLEMENTED IN A BERLIN BASED CREATIVE ENVIRONMENT. HENCE, DREAMED IN BERLIN AND HANDMADE IN ITALY.Read more!
Anne and Valentin’s sole existence is due to... Anne and Valentin. When these two forces of nature were struck by lightning 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 and Valentin lively spirit has been an inspiration to many. The adventure truly begins in September 1980 when Valentin the neo-hippie obtains his optician’s degree. The two lovebirds are eager to start an optical store with a different approach than what is available at the time, with a unique selection of original, unique frames and a radically different sales philosophy.Read more!
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What began as a memo... on an order form has developed into the slogan for the most headstrong Belgian brand of spectacles: 'theo loves you'. To this very day the motto connects everything theo does, every decision, every collection. It was the love for their clients that made Wim Somers and Patrick Hoet, opticians with their own store, decide to design and present a collection under the name of theo. Why? Well, simple: because they wanted to offer their clients something other than the mainstream glasses that were selling at the time. So, in 1989, the first theo glasses became a fact. And they were groundbreaking. With every following collection, it became increasingly easier to reach the consumer. Today, more than 20 years later, theo is sold in 1,400 stores across 50 countries... and theo loves them all!.Read more!
La LOOP was invented in 1999 by Elizabeth Faraut out of necessity. How many times can one look for for their glasses? And those granny leashes-not an option. Why can’t something be functional, stylish and well made? That was the question and La LOOP is the answer. The magical independent hinges on either side enable the glasses to stay in place when in the loop. Fashion photographer Mario Testino and costume designer Jeffrey Kurland were early enthusiasts. Through them, La LOOPs ended up on some of today’s biggest stars: Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Demi Moore, Heidi Klum and many more. These designer necklaces have become a fashion statement within themselves. They will complement any eyewear design and will surely make finding your glasses easier.Read more!
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