Over 100 years ago, in 1905, Gozaemon Masunaga, a politician, started with eyewear as a way to bring more work to the people in Fukui, Japan, then a farming community that needed more jobs during the cold winter. Masunaga allowed his best craftsmen to start factories of their own, eventually populating Fukui with a bunch of high-quality workshops, all with roots from Masunaga. They believed that if the quality was the best, then profit would eventually follow. Today, Fukui, Japan is one of the three largest production regions for optical frames in the world.
There are as many as 200 manual processes involved in making an optical frame. Masunaga Optical is the only company in Japan that has a factory in charge of all processes from raw materials to production and finish in an integrated way. The integrated production system improves the detail and quality. For example, when Masunaga Optical develops a new model, the molds are always built in-house. If there is a problem in the wear comfort that can be felt only after completing one pair of glasses, it will be corrected in the previous process’ promptly.
The company’s mission statement since the establishment is “We manufacture excellent eyeglasses. We want to make a profit if we can, but we don’t hesitate to take a loss. It is always in our thoughts to manufacture excellent eyeglasses.” These words are still the basis of the conduct code of employees even more than 100 years after its establishment.
Kenzo Takada, world-renown fashion designer and “magician of colors,” collaborates with MASUNAGA, a leading Japanese eyewear manufacture. MASUNAGA designed by Kenzo Takada sunglasses and optical frames combine vintage inspired elements with fashion forward contemporary design. Delicate engraving on the bridge, the bar and the temples are reminiscent of 1920’s jewelry details. The original rim is designed with the star motif from MASUNAGA GMS and Kenzo Takada’s family emblem Campanule flower.
Thom Browne has been honored the CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year Award in 2016, 2013 and 2006, the GQ Designer of the Year in 2008 and the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in 2012.
He began his business with five suits and with a small by-appointment-only shop in 2001 and introduced his ready-to-wear collection in 2003. His traditionally based hand-made suits have evolved into collections recognized by museums around the world including the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Fashion Museum in Bath. Browne’s innovations in tailoring have been identified with impacting the paradigm of men’s and women’s fashion
“Subversive, ethical, ecological, political, humorous… this is how I see my duty as a designer.” –
Since 1996 Philippe Starck has been designing the revolutionary ergonomic “bionic” glasses, Starck
Eyes (Mikli), with a unique patented technology inspired by the bio-mechanic articulations of the human
body. Smoothly moving they become an extension of the individual, disappearing from our visual
perception to become part of us.
The unique Starck Eyes collection celebrates minimalism and innovation through an exclusive
technological revolution: the heart of the product is the patented Biolink®, a screw-less hinge modelled
after the human clavicle, which allows a full 360-degree movement for increased comfort and durability.
Bio mechanics at the service of vision.
It expresses it with modern flair through technological avant-garde innovation, that distances the concept of uniformity and the “usual “.
Just a mere gesture to put them on, bright colors illuminate the acetate and metal plate, the classical details that characterize Seeoo.
In synthesis, a gift to class, esclusivity and charm. For both men and women. What’s new doesn’t necessarily come from the future.
Seeoo is for those who love to distinguish themselves by Tradition!
Founded in 1973, the brand of Robert La Roche has held a pioneering position in the eyewear industry.
Their frames are made from scratch by a small team, with each step of the process done by hand. The
result is a highly personal, precious piece of wearable art. The difference is in the detail, designed to be
revealed, not concealed.
Only the finest materials such as natural top-grade acetate and sheer block
titanium are carefully selected and expertly processed by a small number of skilled eyewear
manufacturers in Italy and Japan.
They pride themselves on the craftsmanship that goes into our entire process. Trends come and go, but
these objects are made to last, and our trademark eyewear is designed with a timeless appeal in mind.
Our mission is to preserve the revolutionary designs and unparalleled quality of early and late modern eyewear manufactured from the 1890s-1980s.
With RetroSpecs our clients will find something unique and precious – registered historic eyewear fabricated and restored by exacting old world standards
More than the unique look, the Nooz offer a cutting-edge technology on all levels: French manufacture, hypoallergenic materials, anti-scratch treated lenses, frame in high performance polycarbonate, “cristal” transparency, high degree of elasticity, heat-resistant. Your eyes are in good hands.
John Varvatos is a brand that occupies a unique place in the landscape of American design. It unites old
world craftsmanship and refined tailoring with modern innovations in textiles and a rock ‘n’ roll
Launched in 2000 with a collection of tailored clothing and sportswear, the brand now
represents an entire lifestyle that includes belts, bags, footwear, eyewear, limited edition watches,
luxury skincare and fragrances.
Worn by the likes of Ringo Starr, Sir Ian McKellen, and Andrew Garfield.
Born in 1987, Jérémy Miklitarian lives and works in Paris.
In 2011, he graduated from Parsons New School of Design in NY, USA.
After a stint in Germany working at ic! Berlin, he returned to Paris and set up his namesake eyewear brand.
His sunglasses « Saintonge » won the 2012 Silmo d’Or price.
In 2013, he established is own design studio TARIAN l’Atelier in Paris.
The Parisian designer approaches eyewear with creative artistry and a wicked sense as evidenced by his signature AD campaigns.
Jérémy loves playing with colors on his acetates.
All glasses are produced in EDITIONS OF 500 pcs.
This passion for colors inspired him to create a range of one of a kind ceramics.
His latest project is conducting Master classes in eyewear at HEAD (Geneva University of Art and Design/Switzerland).
The French eyewear house HARRY LARY’S offers original frames that combines creativity & elegance.
Under the artistic direction of Thierry Lasry since 2002, the brand features retro-futurist shapes with an
unconventional & timeless chic. The combination of unusual colored acetates, the development of
exclusive materials and pure designs give the HARRY LARY’S* collections a unique style.
The collection is completely hand-made in France with the best craftsmanship techniques and
traditional know-how. All the frames are in acetate from the old prestigious Italian house Mazzucchelli.
By working out the volume, the acetate flat front is made using a process more akin to sculpture than to
regular cutting techniques.
Aside from the brand’s classics colors, each season new exclusive or vintage materials are added to the
range creating unique color combinations.Two collections are designed per year, each composed of 6 to
*The name « Harry Lary’s » originally comes from Thierry’s father first name « Harry » who initially
founded the brand and the « s » of Lasry was flipped to the end to create the brand’s name.
Discretion, quality, and craftsmanship — Bottega Veneta has created a new standard of luxury since its founding in Vicenza in 1966. Steeped in the traditions of Italy’s master leather craftsmen and long celebrated for its extraordinary leather goods, Bottega Veneta has recently emerged as one of the world’s premier luxury brands. The name Bottega Veneta means “Venetian shop” in Italian.
Bottega Veneta honours individuality as expressed by its motto “When your own initials are enough”. Each object is intended to enhance — not define — one’s personal style. Wearing Bottega Veneta allows the wearer to reveal their inner strength and confidence. Each detail is of essence. The house relentlessly pursues innovation in material and construction, ensuring that each item is both beautiful and perfectly functional.
The sole signature of Bottega Veneta is its distinctive leather weave design, the Intrecciato. Developed at the very start of Bottega Veneta’s evolution, it continues to serve as the most recognizable brand element, allowing for adaptation and reinterpretation in various colors, leathers and exotic skins.
Founded in the 90s by Richard Walker and Troy Schmidt, Blinde was a popculture phenomenon. The
label is popular among Hollywood actors, and has appeared in movies such as The Matrix (worn by Neo,
Morpheus, and Trinity), and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.
Each piece is made by hand, using high-end materials such as beta-titanium core wire and seven-barrel,
six-pin stainless steel hinges for superior flexibility and durability.
Pieces are no longer in production, and are considered collectables..
Raised in a highly creative environment by an optician as a father (Harry Lasry of Harry Lary's) and a
designer as a mother, French designer Thierry Lasry went on to create a sunglass brand in 2006 aimed at
a certain Elite looking to distinguish themselves out of the crowd. THIERRY LASRY sunglasses are based
on the concept of "futuristic vintage," fusing vintage inspirations with an updated, modern and avant-
Entirely hand-made in France with the best craftsmanship techniques and traditional know-how, the
sunglasses only use acetate from the reputable Italian manufacturer Mazzucchelli. By working out the
volume, the acetate front is made using a process more akin to sculpture than to regular cutting
techniques. The acetates typically undergo a process of layering–meaning textures are created by
combining sheets of different colors one against the other.
Leading an active lifestyle, fashion-conscious and tuned in to the times, the THIERRY LASRY consumer is
independent and curious in nature, a creator not a follower. A galaxy of stars are amongst the brand’s
most devoted fans, ranging from Madonna, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Kate Moss, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga,
Miley Cyrus to Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway, Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Alba etc …
A heritage brand born in the heart of West Hollywood, on Sunset Boulevard, Oliver Peoples was founded in 1987 with the opening of its first boutique. The unique culture of Los Angeles – elements of fashion, film, art, music – continues to inspire the product and vibe of the brand. The first Oliver Peoples designs were inspired by an estate collection of vintage American-made eyewear purchased by the founders of the brand in the 1980’s.
The sophisticated aesthetic created by the heritage brand was a departure from the futuristic styles and geometric shapes in bright, brazen colors dominant in the late 80’s. In contrast, the first Oliver Peoples collections were classic, timeless styles in an array of natural tortoise shell hues with discreet branding and subtle details. By defining a new intellectual category, the direction of eyewear changed globally. This vintage aesthetic that inspired the first collections remains at the heart of the brand. Each Oliver Peoples frame is hand crafted with careful attention to detail, sculpting and perfecting the materials to achieve a balanced and refined final product.
ORIGINATORS OF FASHION EYEWEAR
First to see sunglasses as fashion accessories, first to make sunspecs, first to make winter sunglasses…..first to work alongside fashion houses to create one-off pieces for the catwalks, first to appear in Vogue and Queen, and first to be endorsed by celebrities and Royals. OG pioneered a whole new concept. Eyewear. From Bamboo frames to butterflies, tennis racquets to TV Screens, all overtly striking. All signature OG.
Oliver Goldsmith has been a family-run business for over 80 years. Founded in 1926 by P. Oliver Goldsmith, the world of spectacles was about to be revolutionized. Sunglasses gained high profile status during the mid-fifties and a selection of unusual designs started to appear. OG’s were becoming not only a means of protecting eyes from the sun, but also a fashion statement. Dress designers approached Goldsmith to create frames that would complement their seasonal collections.
Think 20th Century icons. Grace Kelly. Peter Sellers. Michael Caine in his signature black spectacles. Audrey Hepburn in the big white glasses that framed her elfin face. Iconic style makers – Givenchy, Dior and Vidal Sassoon. Think cult films of the fifties & sixties, The Ipcress File, Harry Palmer, Charade and Two for the Road. They’ve all got one thing in common. Oliver Goldsmith. In the second half of last century, when it came to eyewear, OG was synonymous with stars and style.
Founded in 2003 by four friends with background in industrial design, Mykita is a Berlin-based label,
with all departments united under one roof, Mykita Haus, from the in-house workshop to the design
Their frames have graced the faces of Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise, and have
been worn on stage by Lady Gaga, the Black Eyed Peas and Lenny Kravitz – more famously by SJP in Sex
& The City movie poster. Mykita has collaborated with many design houses including Damir Doma,
Bernhard Willhelm and Maison Margiela.
Mykita is known for feather-light hingeless design with no screws or welded joints and Mylon, a
patented material that allows the company to produce with zero-waste.
Maurice Timon released his first model in 1994, featuring interchangeable slim titanium sides and
Minima became an immediate success confirming its position as a market
leader of rimless frames. Today there are some fifty designers working on innovative concepts for
Minima, which is sold in more than seventy countries worldwide.
As opposed to short-lived collections, the brand strives to design and create quality, 100% French
frames, with simple, yet elegant lines, inspired by a quest for timeless style.
Founded in 1967 by Mitsuhiro Matsuda., and made famous to the western world by
the movie Terminator 2. Matsuda was one a group of Japanese design talents who, in 1974, formed
Tokyo Designer Six – creating Tokyo's first official fashion week. He was inspired by architectural and art
movements such as Romanticism and Art Nouveau, creating designs that are whimsical yet sophisticated
Each pair is a work of art – completely handcrafted in artisanal eyewear workshops of Japan – hand
engraved filigree on temples and eye wires lend a subtle and intricate distinction. There are more than
250 steps necessary to complete each pair, and all are made in small batches of 100 or less. Only the
finest materials, including celluloid acetate, titanium, sterling silver, 18K solid gold, and 22.5K gold
plating are used in each creation. Proprietary 5-barrel pin hinges, and unique pince-nez style nose pads
keep each pair in place effortlessly. Lenses feature 8-layer polarized or gradient colors in both mineral
glass and CR39, along with scratch resistant, anti reflective coatings. After being off the market for many years, the Matsuda brand was relaunched.
The new eyewear collection includes modern day interpretations of original styles, as well as new designs featuring details made famous in the past.
Many of the same craftsmen that created the original pieces were enlisted to develop and create the new collection.
“Individuality is an inalienable right, an idea that demands its own unique expressions. Our mission at J.M.M. Is to empower people to make personalized impressions, by offering spectacles that are unparalleled in their commitment to craft and creativity.”
– JEROME JACQUES MARIE MAGE
J.M.M. is a design-centered luxury goods brand founded by french-born designer, Jerome Mage. Based in Hollywood, CA., they specialize in the micro-production of premier quality, small-batch, limited-edition eyewear collection that reflects the designer’s matured vision and refined aesthetic vocabulary, one that boldly reconfigures influences ranging from Art Deco, to American Folk, to La Belle Époque, to Brutalist architecture, to the French First Empire.
Uninterested in abiding by present-day design conventions, their debut collections of inspired spectacles embrace a unique palette of precious materials such as 18 karat gold, sterling silver, and ebony wood, rich colors, and striking geometric forms, all of which cleverly reference and beautifully reconfigure the artistic movements and world events of previous centuries.
Each piece is collectable in its own right, and comes with an illustrated postcard describing the particular story or period in time that inspired that particular design.
In addition to their preoccupation with heritage, J.M.M. is equally committed to the well being of our craft and craftsmen. Their products are created using fair and ethical production methods to create eyewear that ultimately presents a forward-looking take on visual empowerment.
Dedication. Independence. Imagination.
Before Fashion there was craftsmanship. What little was there had to be good and had to last. Handmade by real people, ic! berlin makes glasses in our own “Produktion Haus” in Berlin. Precious treasures for the eyes and nose. Made by Berliners, not an anonymous multinational corporation. Built to last, not to become obsolete when the next model hits the market. With a little love an ic! berlin frame will be with you your whole life long.
We make glasses for everybody – everybody, who doesn’t want to be like everybody else. We make glasses for your face. For round, oblong, oval, square, angular, soft, large and small faces. Glasses that are exciting, quiet, bombastic, silent, edgy, classic. Zen-like cohesion or rebellious screams, but above all, functional; weightless and gentle on the skin. Marching to the beat of our own drum. Bucking the norm. Breaking the mould. No bandwagons. We are not fashion lemmings.
20 years ago, Maurice Léonard created his own prestige eyewear brand, combining noble materials with unique expertise and craftsmanship. As a true pioneer, he is the first to master the manufacturing of frames entirely in precious wood. The expert hands of eyewear craftsmen from Gold & Wood manufacture and compose complex and innovative veneers, guaranteeing our customers the assurance of wearing a pair like none other.
We offer a range of stylish optical frames and sunglasses, each telling an extraordinary story, which each customer will be able to appropriate. The textures of the wood’s veins are the story of a unique experience, from a particular soil that give them all depth and dimension. Each species has a meaning, a course of its own, an origin that makes it a magical and an architectural product.
The quintessence of our woods, carefully selected, results in exceptional eyepieces mounts.
The intrinsic values of the brand Gold & Wood are Elegance, Exclusivity, Timelessness and Excellence.
The journey of Fendi began over ninety years ago in a family-run shop on Via del Plebiscito, in the heart
of Rome, Italy. The everlasting charm of the Eternal City and the daring creativity of Fendi go hand-in-
hand, as both blaze a trail into the future. Fendi glasses are bold and elegant.
Frames with interchangeable hand-painted temples. Dilem products can be customized and always reflect the latest trends. Dilem is style, attitude and a way of life. Dilem is freedom! This unconventional concept makes it possible to change your appearance to suit your mood.
Designs that are totally on trend, partnership with young designers, use of innovative printing techniques, Dilem® takes very special care over the design of its temples. Because they are genuine fashion accessories, quality accessories that your customers will take pleasure in wearing, and in changing according to their mood. Contemporary models, trendy shapes, slender lines, lightness, combinations of materials, colour expertise: not just a concept of interchangeability, Dilem® is also highly demanding in its frame design. Eyewear designer, personality revealer, Dilem® offers contemporary women and men frames that they put together themselves. Reflecting their style and spirit, they reveal their personality.
“If you buy a handcrafted pair of glasses or sunglasses, you want to see the tiny inaccuracies, the straight, raw edges of the plastic, the pins – they give character, make them unique to the wearer. The Cutler and Gross customer has always been an individual. Eccentric maybe, but a rare breed, certainly.”
– Graham Cutler
Founded in 1969, British luxury eyewear brand Cutler and Gross combines the finest Italian craftsmanship with irrefutably cool style. Since its establishment in fashion’s halcyon days, the brand’s signature creativity has been applied to sunglasses and optical frames with their trademark numbered designs and absence of an ostentatious logo.
Considered bastions of iconic eyewear, Cutler and Gross has featured in numerous films, including on Julia Roberts in Notting Hill and on Colin Firth and Samuel L. Jackson in Kingsman: The Secret Service. Brand fans include the legendary David Hockney, Grace Jones, Sir Elton John and Madonna, as well as influential artists and style leaders from Rihanna, Alicia Keys and Erykah Badu to Kate Moss and Manolo Blahnik.
Established in 1988, Chrome Hearts is a study in artistic freedom and persistence of vision. Chrome Hearts is the most luxury eyewear on the market. From its inception as a leather motorcycle riding-gear company, it has evolved into an obsession-inspiring label and cultural phenomenon.
Aerosmith, Guns N’ Roses, Elton John, Karl Lagerfeld, Jaye Muller, Kanye West, Cher, Kate Hudson,
Steven Tyler, Fergie, Bella Hadid, and Gigi Hadid, are fans of the brand. Slash, Sebastian Bach, and Melt-
Banana have played music in the Chrome Hearts office space.
Challenging the conventional fashion industry, Chrome Hearts presents new pieces only as they are developed. Each piece is designed and manufactured in small quantities, and meticulously hand-worked, using luxury materials such as exotic woods (Macassar Ebony, Brazilian Mahogany, albino Madrone, American Walnut), full-grain leather, asian water buffalo horn, mother-of-pearl inlays, pure titanium, damascus steel, uni-carbon, bopper beryllium, 22k gold, sterling silver, diamonds, and precious stones. These materials, combined with the latest innovations in optical technology, metallurgy, and laser engraving, create one of the most world’s most unique lines of luxury eyeglasses and sunglasses.
Each Chrome Hearts frame is like an individual work of art, and past designs continue to be highly sought after by collectors.
Chrome Hearts has also engaged in exclusive limited collaborations with Baccarat, the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Comme des Garçons, Rick Owens, Gareth Pugh, and The Rolling Stones. Despite its subversive approach to classic fashion, Chrome Hearts received on the industry’s most prestigious awards – a CFDA Accessory Designer of the Year Award in 1992. Chrome Hearts was also selected for the “Rock Style” exhibit at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the “The Nature of Diamonds” exhibit at The National Science Museum in Tokyo.
Christian Roth sunglasses first appeared on the runway in 1985; soon, the designers were tapped to
create custom frames for the fashion shows of industry heavyweights and served on the eyewear design
teams as well. “This was a time before every designer had an eyewear license,” Domège explains. “They
wanted something avant-garde, and we worked with factories in Italy and France that could create
exceptional pieces.” These and other early successes earned Christian Roth an invitation to join the
CFDA in 1990 – a first for an eyewear designer. Christian Roth became a founding executive member of
Eyewear Designers of the CFDA (edCFDA) in 2014.
50 People. Over 90 working steps. 1 frame. Designed and crafted in Austria. This is the origin of your
Andy Wolf frame.
Andy Wolf stands for unique glasses, handcrafted in Hartberg, Austria. It was founded in 2006 by the
three friends Andreas (Andy), Wolfgang (Wolf) and Katharina to produce classic and contemporary
frames for individuals. From design to prototyping, production and distribution, everything is handled in
house. Only the acetate for their frames is sourced from Italy, simply because they have the finest
available, ensuring durability and sustainability.