Fukui, Japan is one of the three largest production regions for optical frames in the world, along with China and Italy. 97% of Japanese-made optical frames are manufactured in Fukui. Masunaga Optical premiered the production of eyeglasses in Fukui in 1905. The company founder Gozaemon Masunaga brought in skilled craftsmen from Osaka and Tokyo with the ambition of setting the optical industry solidly in place in Fukui.
He entered into the industry the hard way, and at first the eyeglasses manufactured in Fukui were regarded to be third-rate in the world. In order to raise the quality standards of the products, Gozaemon established a guild like system where full-fledged craftsmen could create their own businesses. Owing to this system, the number of eyeglass craftsmen increased gradually, and the optical industry spread all over Fukui.
There are as many as 200 manual processes involved in making an optical frame. Generally, productivity is low when one company is in charge of all the processes. However, 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.
Anne et Valentin.
In 1981 Anne et Valentin opened a small frame shop in a beautiful location in the historic 15th century city of Toulouse in the south of France. Quickly, they discovered that the frame selection in France at the time was very poor. The only way to improve their selection for their customers was create, design and manufacture their own collection.
The first small collection was of colored acetates which debuted in their own shop and also with a few early adopter opticians internationally. In 1994 the first titanium frames were introduced.
Today Anne et Valentin is sold in 20 countries in the finest boutiques. Still, it is a small company, employing under thirty people globally.
“We want people to have pleasure in choosing a frame, where this choice is usually difficult.”
The frames embody a timeless beauty and strength with a chic, modern bent.
Dedicated to pure luxury, Barton Perreira’s approach to fashion redefines style and elegance. Patty Perreira’s language of inspired design focuses on the evolution process and continues to challenge the industry by unveiling the next new thing.
Recognized as one of the preeminent designers in eyewear today, Blake Kuwahara is the founder and creative director of FOCUS GROUP WEST (FGW), the Los Angeles-based, multi-disciplinary boutique design firm that takes a comprehensive approach to branding and designing for eyewear and fashion companies. Kuwahara launched his exclusive eponymous range of sunglasses and optical frames in Fall 2014.
Kuwahara, who also has a doctorate of optometry degree from UC Berkeley, first gained international acclaim as the creator and designer of the exclusive KATA Eyewear brand. His groundbreaking use of engineering and production techniques to create texture and detail for KATA Eyewear reinvented the way eyewear design is
approached today. He has also designed eyewear collections for Coach, Converse, Lucky Brand, Rock & Republic and for New York-based fashion designers Carolina Herrera, Isaac Mizrahi, Behnaz Sarafpour, and John Varvatos as well as a collection for the legendary haute couture Japanese fashion designer, Hanae Mori.
Kuwahara’s bold experimentation and innovation have gained him a following in the fashion media and has been profiled in Vogue, ELLE, Bazaar, GQ, In Style, and Esquire and has been seen on E!, Access Hollywood, MTV, and CNN. Buzzmagazine voted Kuwahara one of the “100 Coolest People in Los Angeles” and Detour magazine called him, “a gifted talent, blessed with savvy and unmistakable sense of style.”
Kuwahara was also recently named by Brilliant Magazine as one of the “100 Most Important People in the Eyewear Industry”. A celebrity favorite, Kuwahara’s designs are worn by Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Halle Berry, Robert Downey, Jr., Will Smith, Samuel L. Jackson, Casey Affleck, Slash, and Charlize Theron among many others.
Kuwahara has garnered a multitude of awards for his designs including “Best of Category in Consumer Products” from I.D. magazine and “Silmo d’Or – Prix Special Journalists de Mode” from a panel of French fashion journalists. Kuwahara is also a longstanding member of the prestigious Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).
Creating a single DITA frame can take as many as 320 separate productions steps over 8 months. Our manufacturing process delicately balances traditional and modern production techniques and technologies carefully selected at each stage to generate the best result. A perfect example of DITA’s uncompromising production philosophy is the way in which we polish our acetate frames.
Unlike brands that commercially process massive quantities of acetate frames as quickly and cheaply as possible, we prefer to slowly tumble our acetate frames in genuine, hand-cut bamboo chips of varying shapes and sizes. In addition to utilizing a renewable resource, our traditional bamboo polishing process results in a deeper, richer, higher quality finish that you’ll immediately see and feel the moment you hold a DITA frame in your hands.
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.
....UNSUITABLE FOR UBIQUITOUS CONSUMPTION.
Niloca is eyewear for the serious eyewear fashionistas, who paves a path to the highest peak and shouts from it's summit -
HERE I AM WORLD, TAKE YOUR BEST SHOT!!
Confident, Cheeky and Reassured - never brash, vulgar or uncouth.
Born from a passion for details and a flare for style, Niloca Eyewear is for those who confidently dare and never follow convention.
Designed in Melbourne Australia, from the small inner city bay side village, Albert Park, each design tells a story that will resonate with the wearer. An orgy of colours compliment a mind bending array of patterns, finishes and materials for those who need a cookie trail to exit their walk-in wardrobe. Be lost no more! See the light! And taste the clear air - if you dare.
Made in Australia, France and Japan, our frames carry a strong European design heritage, with an emphasis on skilled craftsmanship. Without the knowledge and passion of the artisans creating Niloca eyewear, many of the intricate designs wouldn't have seen the light of day. The Australian Niloca Eyewear workshop is one of the oldest continuously owned and operated workshops in the world. Founded in 1963 the workshop is still run by the original owner today, preserving an important part of Australian manufacturing history. Our French workshop is nestled in the Rhone foot hills, the home of fine French eyewear - Oyonnax. While our Japanese titanium factory is currently run by the Great-Great-Great-Great Grandson of the original founder!!
Niloca designs are based on strong Industrial Design principals fused with an Optician's clout for frame fitting and colour selection. Over 15 years experience is put into every frame design, with some frames taking 4 years to reach production.
WE KNOW WHAT SERIOUS EYEWEAR PEOPLE NEED.
Born on the coast of California in 2006, SALT. combines the best of custom materials and Japanese Craftsmanship to create the finest in premium eyewear. The brand draws its inspiration from Nature’s effortless beauty, appearing simple on the surface yet consisting of a complex process perfected over time. The Sea, The Air, The Land and their Timeless connection. Our mission is to capture this inspiration and infuse it into our product. All of nature’s beautiful shapes, details and colors. And like the inspiration itself and its unique moment in time, each piece of SALT. eyewear has its own fingerprint, finished by the hands of third generation Japanese artisans. SALT.s design language is timeless, remaining relevant as near term trends come and go. SALT. is a brand for anyone who appreciates simple things made well.
THEO LOVES YOU!
BOZ by JF REY
The Scoop on the BOZ Eyewear Brand:
BOZ glasses and sunglasses are part of the J.F. Rey family of eyewear. The BOZ eyewear collection started as a pet project of Jean-François Rey where he and his design team could let their creativity run free. BOZ designer eyewear takes both J.F. Rey and French fashion to the NEXT level. Not for the timid or meek, BOZ glasses and sunglasses are definitely on the Wild side. Brilliant colors, aggressive shapes, and unique styles round out this incredible collection. You will never see oversized brand logos hanging from the temples, because creativity serves as BOZ’s trademark.
The stylish, sensual, and gorgeously colored frames of the BOZ eyewear collections personify originality and elegance on the women who wear them. Exploring cultural mixes and the influence of plants, the brand makes its mark using contemporary and original themes. Many eyewear brands celebrate their success by having famous celebrities wearing their glasses. BOZ is completely different in their thinking. BOZ is a celebration of the individual.
Their designer glasses are made for women who have a beautiful and dare we say “MAVERICK” sense of style, regardless of their occupation or societal status. The teacher, the businesswoman, the artist, and the mother showing the world that they are independent and iconic in their own right.
Most people who wear prescription glasses do it for 16 hours a day (7 days a week). We only take our glasses off to sleep. In this way, it is super important that we own glasses frame that not only looks good but also feels good and comfortable after a prolonged wear. BOZ glasses feel great and look even better. BOZ is a French company and BOZ glasses and sunglasses are made in the heart of France. The French have a long-standing tradition of producing glasses of unique style and character. BOZ designer glasses and sunglasses are no exception and the next level of European fashion. The glasses have a personality all their own. When worn, BOZ glasses scream “LOOK AT ME”!
Silhouette has revolutionized the world of eyewear with the world’s lightest glasses. Extremely high standards of workmanship and the use of the latest materials and production techniques enable us to create new and innovative products.
From the very outset, Silhouette has always pursued a vision that still holds true today: Creating the most beautiful eyewear in the world. We put our heart and soul into our work to turn this vision into reality.
Made in Austria
We have been making eyewear in Austria since 1964. This is how we guarantee high quality and exquisite workmanship using the finest materials, ensuring that when it comes to comfort, our eyewear is second to none.
RAEN is handmade and independent– driven by the horizons we seek. Designed in California we are undeniably influenced by the salt in the air and the lives we lead. Our search for an authentic and yet modern classic style keeps us evolving and inventive. We are passionate about every step of our process and are committed to making eyewear that makes you proud to wear.