MYKITA means ”My Kindertagesstaette” – my kindergarten in German. The reason for this naming is said that their factory was built at the place where a kindergarten used to be. The name matches them as they are growing by keeping flexible ideas all the time.
The metal frame of MIYKITA uses 0.5mm thick stainless steel and uses no screws at all. The Front and temples are joined with spiral hinges, and because this structure, the frame can be adjusted precisely. MYKITA glasses are very comfortable with great strength, and it is particularly notable that these are made and designed with excellent style. By its simple look frames, but with beautiful lens shapes and variations of colorings, you can see and feel full of MIKITA-ism to your heart’s content.
MIKITA is highly recognized in various countries and has been awarded a number of awards. For example, in 2011, they won the “Deutch Design Award” which is the most honorable award in the German Design industry. In the same year, they won other awards such of IF Material Award”, the “RED DOT Award” and a Japanese “Good Design Award” for excellent design.
Creating a single DITA frame can take as many as 320 separate productions steps over 8 months. The 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, DITA prefers to slowly tumble our acetate frames in genuine, hand-cut bamboo chips of varying shapes and sizes. In addition to utilizing a renewable resource, the 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.
DITA’s commitment to craftsmanship is just one example of how they hold true to the time-honored belief that there are no shortcuts to quality. Like samurai swordsmiths from a bygone era, our master craftsmen have dedicated as many as 50 years to perfecting their crafts. These modern day masters bring our innovative designs to life by transforming the finest acetates and metals into eyewear of incomparable beauty, quality and style. Luxury is a word so overused in recent years as to have been rendered virtually meaningless. DITA is one of the few remaining eyewear brands that delivers on genuine luxury’s promise of inspired designs, extraordinary materials, exceptional craftsmanship and exclusivity. To experience DITA is to experience genuine luxury.
Todd Rogers is an independent eyewear company dedicated to the principles of classic design, quality of craftsmanship, and love of the game. The entire frameline collection is designed by an optician and founded in Boston, MA.
Lafont is known for their insistence upon a flawless artistic performance in eyewear with each pair of glasses they make. Their eyewear is still designed and made in Morbier, Paris by a small team of four, including great eyewear. What started as one small boutique in Paris opened by Louis Lafont in 1927 is now shipped to millions of eyewear boutiques worldwide. The entire Lafont Paris collection is still made in France in the same town of Morbier, where the first boutique was opened in 1927.
Lafont frames are handcrafted out of the finest metals and acetate, which is made of natural elements such as wood and cotton fibers and is one of the highest-rated hypo-allergenics in the world. Acetate is far superior to the kind of injection-molded plastic frames you’ll find at eyewear super-stores in that it is a much softer material that is able to take on advanced color treatments and absorb more shades and hues within the color spectrum than any other material.
Lafont releases only 70 new models a year, and that is because manufacturing one acetate frame consists of 150 individual steps and takes 8 weeks to finalize, while one pair of acetate and metal frames (only stainless steel and titanium are used) consists of some 200 steps and 16 weeks of production time.
Everything Lindberg does is steeped in the Danish design tradition of discreet, classic elegance and carefully considered simplicity. LINDBERG designs have won dozens of prestigious design awards.
LINDBERG frames are like no others. They insist on a unique blend of no-compromise attention to detail, patented technologies and individual craftsmanship to create a remarkable visual impact.
LINDBERG designs feature responsibly sourced materials selected for timeless elegance, exceptional strength and distinctive visual impact. These exclusive materials include titanium, acetate, gold, platinum and diamonds and certain LINDBERG models are also available in eye-catching natural animal horn.
Patented LINDBERG technical innovations, along with carefully engineered and crafted details, have revolutionized modern eyewear. They have done away with everything that is not essential – including all screws, rivets and welds. This means LINDBERG frames are incredibly strong and flexible – yet among the lightest and most comfortable in the world.
Oliver Peoples was founded in 1987 with the opening of its first boutique and subsequent launch of the original collection. From the beginning, Oliver Peoples had a passion for superior product, a distinctive culture rooted in California, and an obsession with service. These core values have remained at the foundation of the brand and endure today. Through an authentic and consistent voice, Oliver Peoples has never relied on a logo but instead on fostering relationships with like-minded consumers who appreciate and respect our approach.
Oliver Peoples has maintained a passion for superior eyewear crafted of the finest materials with careful attention to detail since the debut of the first collection. Each frame is inspired and created in the design studio in West Hollywood, California. Remaining true to the sophisticated, intellectual aesthetic made iconic by the brand, custom acetate in arrays of tortoise shell hues remain at the heart of the collections.
Each frame is meticulously handcrafted in a dedicated factory following a process that combines both technological advancements and the human touch. Throughout the production phases the artisans who sculpt the material into the final product reference the original design drawing ensuring its integrity. Disregarding conventional processes, each step is carried out despite the length of time required. The end result is an authentic design with bespoke, handmade details that are distinctive and unique.
Each piece is handmade in Japan, where polarized lenses and UV coatings are applied to styles such as the Sophisticate and the Emmanuelle, a best-selling frame that also features a decorative and complicated enamel foiling process commonly applied to vintage bracelets.
The frames lack big logos, solely relying on their precision, fit and design. In an industry that thrives on imitation, the company tries to stay one step ahead of the pack.
SALT glasses and sunglasses are modern, yet honor the past. When examining a pair of SALT glasses you can see that the inspiration is inspired by nature. This natural look of SALT glasses and sunglasses evoke a feeling from a less complicated time. Building upon this theme, SALT glasses and sunglasses utilize greener materials including cotton based acetates versus petroleum based acetates. Simple, timeless, and built for comfort SALT glasses give the wearer a cozy feel that lasts from morning to night.
SALT is a U.S. company based in Coastal California. That said, SALT designer prescription glasses are made exclusively in Japan at the finest eyewear factories. Japan has a long-standing tradition of producing glasses of exquisite quality craftsmanship and style. SALT designer glasses are no exception company founders never compromise on quality.
From small beginnings in 1997 to today’s globally recognized brand, Ogi Eyewear has experienced rapid growth and has refined its vision, while remaining true to its original philosophy. Innovation, originality, quality and value are the pillars that make up the foundation of Ogi Eyewear and are embodied into each frame and every collection. Creating durable handcrafted frames with original, sexy and sophisticated style is what sets Ogi Eyewear apart.
The story of Ogi Eyewear started with a hole in the market and a desire to fill it. While running a Minneapolis retail optical store, founder and designer, David Spencer felt a growing demand for small frames both finely crafted and affordable. Unable to find what he was looking for, he decided to design it himself. With nothing more than a concept, a pencil and a pad of paper, Spencer began sketching out frame designs, eventually creating the company, Ogi Eyewear.
Ogi Eyewear’s first collection launched at Vision Expo in 1997, consisting of fifteen unique styles in five colors. The design approach combined small, refined shapes with bright colors, resulting in a collection that was unlike anything available in the market.
"The first Ogi Eyewear booth was in the worst position imaginable which sparked immediate concern. While I was setting up the booth, a designer from the booth next to me even told me we would be lucky to sell one piece. Fortunately it was one of the busiest shows I have ever done. Our booth was so full to the point where I was asked what I was giving out for free. It was at this point I realized I was at the start of something long term," said Spencer.
As Ogi Eyewear’s business continued to expand, so did the size of frames and the number of styles being released each year. Over the years, Ogi Eyewear has launched several new brands.
Ogi Eyewear’s namesake collection embodies the spirit of Ogi’s beginning with a fresh, contemporary flair.
The core of Oakley's optical superiority is built on a true passion for enhancing performance in sports. Founder Jim Jannard started the company with little more than $300 and his unrelenting desire to create better performing sport gear. Jim’s first innovation was a new type of motorcycle hand grip with a unique tread and a shape that more closely fit into the rider’s closed hand. It was quickly adopted by top pros of the day for its ability to grip more with sweat.
After struggling to make another breakthrough into the market, Oakley made its mark with the introduction of its O Frame goggle, which became a mainstay in motocross racing for almost 20 years. The O Frame goggle featured a lens curved in the perfect arc of a cylinder. Jim’s attention to the needs of the sport brought superior clarity and wide peripheral view so riders could see better and ultimately perform better in their sport.
From there, Jim launched into Oakley Optics with “Eyeshades”, taking on the optical industry’s big power players. Focusing on sunglasses as vital equipment instead of a generic accessory was groundbreaking. It positioned Oakley as the top in optical sport performance, where it continues to stand today. Professional athletes quickly took notice and today, no matter what sport you watch, from Cricket to Mountain Biking, you’ll see its top athletes sporting Oakley performance eyewear.
Decades of collaboration with the top athletes in the world continue to transform Oakley and maintain its position as the industry leader in sport performance eyewear. “Inventions wrapped in art, Oakley was founded on that idea, and it still defines [them]”. To this day Oakley has earned more than 600 patents worldwide and they’re still not done innovating.
Throughout its seven-and-a-half decades, Ray-Ban has been instrumental in pushing boundaries in music and the arts, forging the rise of celebrity culture, and creating the power of the rock and movie stars to influence fashion. From James Dean to Audrey Hepburn to Michael Jackson, Ray-Ban has proven indispensable for cultural icons who don’t want to be seen - but definitely want to be noticed. Ray-Ban has left an indelible mark on culture history.
In the 1930s: As new airplanes allowed people to fly higher and farther, many US Air Force pilots were reporting that the glare from the sun was giving them headaches and altitude sickness. A new kind of glasses was introduced with green lenses that could cut out the glare without obscuring vision, and the Ray-Ban brand was born. This new anti-glare eyewear went on sale to the public in 1937. The original Ray-Ban glasses featured a plastic frame with the now classic Aviator shape. The sunglasses were remodeled with a metal frame the following year and rebranded as the Ray-Ban Aviator
MOSCOT is a New York City Institution renowned worldwide for its iconic eyewear — The MOSCOT Originals, MOSCOT Spirit, and MOSCOT Sun Collections. MOSCOT infuses its unmistakably refined, downtown aesthetic with nearly 100 years of eyewear expertise and unparalleled craftsmanship to create its timeless eyewear. While now recognized as a global fashion brand, MOSCOT remains, at heart, a neighborhood optical shop.
The MOSCOT optical roots were first planted in America by Great Grandfather and family patriarch, Hyman Moscot, who arrived from Eastern Europe via Ellis Island in 1899. Hyman began selling ready-made eyeglasses from a pushcart on Orchard Street on Manhattan’s famed Lower East Side By 1915, having amassed a following of loyal customers, Hyman opened the family's retail shop, MOSCOT's at 94 Rivingtom Street ,and the rest, as they say, is history!