Established in 1905, Masunaga have led the way in Japan for eyeglass frame manufacturing. Hailing out of Fukui, Japan, they have spent the last few decades perfecting the two hundred steps involved with making one pair of eyeglasses.
Masunaga are classically retro and have rich selection of high polish colours that are both distinct and versatile. Once you’ve fallen in love with the looks, you’ll be impressed with the quality of the acetate and the durability of the seven-barrel hinges.
MYKITA was founded in Berlin in 2003. Their first premises was a former children’s day care, called Kita in German. This inspired not only the name My Kita, but also the culture of curiosity, learning and play that persists to this day. Connected by their questioning of norms and conventions, they came together with the pure desire to build something of their own. Starting out with a clear aesthetic vision, they swiftly discovered their readiness to do things themselves. Creating an open-minded work environment and a sense of integrity toward everything in and around the product came intuitively.
A creative company in Berlin in the early 2000s did require a different mindset than it would have in London, Paris or New York – freedom from the establishment fostered self-sufficiency. MYKITA started out in the same independent and pioneering spirit that shaped their hometown. From product to business, they have carved their own path. With no one to manufacture their original designs, the decision was made to set up the in-house production. Developing their own tools and processes to meet design requirements has since become a principle of how MYKITA operates and one of their greatest assets.
Lunetterie Générale design eyewear for the considered individual who is eager for distinction and panache. Known for its distinctive aesthetic, Lunetterie Générale uses only precious materials and made-to-measure components. In this quest to revive the vintage repertoire by intergrating a more modern engineering, we create uncompromising limited-edition spectacles meant to last a lifetime.
Established in 2014 and based in Canada, Lunetterie Générale is the idea of good friends Julien Couture and Alexis Martel. The brand aims to inspire people and to offer a forward looking take on empowerment by embracing creative projects and collaborations.
Article One was found with a single goal in mind - to increase the funding and distribution for vitamin A supplementation in developing countries.
One Million children die or go blind each year from vitamin A deficiency. More importantly, just $1 per year will fund a year’s worth of life-saving supplements for one child. Article One donates $2 from each pair of glasses purchased to Helen Keller International (HKI) at the end of each quarter. Each pair of Article One sold helps save the sight and lives of two children.
Article One develops and sells a truly hand crafted line of eyewear at a price point that is accessible to most.
All frames are handcrafted in Italy
pLAtOy iS made by FAOFLEX in Italy who also manufactures I Leggeri.
TiNtOy is their stainless collection while pLAtOy is their acetate collection ("PLA" for "plastic" get it? So clever riight? The collection is super fun and unique. Akira not only designs the beautiful frames, he's also the artist behind all the posters.
pLAtOy's acetate sheets are all made in Japan and the spring hinges are from OBE made in Germany.
Jacques Durand is a French designer with over 40 years experience in the eyewear business. After making his mark at Alain Mikli, he began his own line under his name in 2008 where he could put out a collection of frames that have his own personal stamp on them.
The Durand collection has a distinctly European feel. The design uses thicker acetate making the frames bold and playful yet still wearable due to its clean colors and matte finish. These are fun frames that bring a bit of Parisian high fashion to an everyday atheistic
ENTOURAGE OF 7
People always ask us “Why Entourage of 7? What does it mean?”. Well, it’s what happens when seven insiders to the eyewear industry get together to create their own collection of frames. Based in Los Angeles and using city life as inspiration they have created an eclectic range of frames that speak to people from all walks of life.
Using quality acetate and making the most of Japanese manufacturing technology, these are beautifully designed and manufactured pieces of eyewear that’ll give you that LA feeling no matter where you are.
MARTIN & MARTIN
For more than 10 years Martin & Martin have been creating eyewear with a distinctive look. They represent Germany in the eyewear world and have design ties with the Whiteout & Glare collection but offer something completely different. They operate with an open mission statement so their goals are always evolving. They believe that eyewear is the most important accessory and they aim to create styles that fit all types of personalities.
Visually, their frames have a soft, laid-back feel while structurally the frames are incredibly comfortable due to the lightweight acetate used. Martin & Martin have created an eclectic mix of frame shapes and finishes that flow beautifully across the collection while keeping up the high manufacturing standard you’d expect from a brand out of Germany.