Mykita & Bernhard Willhelm Franz Sunglasses Handmade Sunglasses

Mykita & Bernhard Willhelm Franz Sunglasses Handmade Sunglasses
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Mykita & Bernhard Willhelm Franz Sunglasses

Mykita & Bernhard Willhelm Franz Sunglasses

SINCE ITS HUMBLE BEGINNINGS 10 years ago within the confines of a former nursery, Berlin-based glasses label Mykita has unabashedly pushed the boundaries in eyewear, securing its status as a high fashion brand with a loyal celebrity following. 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.

Founded by four friends in 2003, the label started with just a small collection of metal frames. Today, the company produces a full range of optical wear and sunglasses that sells in 63 countries, with stores in Berlin, Paris, Vienna, Zurich, Tokyo and Monterrey, Mexico.

 Sarah Jessica Parker in 'Sex and the City 2'
Sarah Jessica Parker in ‘Sex and the City 2’ SNAP STILLS/REX FEATURES

Mykita is launched its first New York store. “We are really excited about it,” says Moritz Krüger, the company’s co-founder and creative director. “It will be the largest of our seven shops world-wide.”

While the brand has outgrown its nursery surroundings, production remains as holistic as ever. Every pair of glasses is still designed and produced in the latest Mykita Haus in a quiet residential area of Berlin’s Mitte district and much of the company’s success is based on word-of-mouth, its founders say. Collaborations in recent years with avant-garde designers such as Bernhard Willhelmand Damir Doma, as well as a more recent partnership with luxury French winter sportswear label Moncler, have helped to cement the label’s reputation in the fashion world.

“The connoisseur recognizes a pair of Mykita glasses by the technology,” says Mr. Krüger. This includes a patented hinge concept that makes screws and soldering obsolete, and the company’s own polyamide-based material, called Mylon, which makes frames lighter and more durable. “We meet a modern demand of consumers who are taking a closer look at quality and how and where things are made.”



A gold pair of Franz sunglasses worn by Sarah Jessica Parker in the 2010 film “Sex and the City 2” stole the show. Since then, the frame has made its way into Mykita’s permanent collection. Franz is a three-mirrored frame and was the first pair of sunglasses released as part of a continuing collaboration with German designer Bernhard Willhelm. It is one of the label’s most popular frames to date, with new colors added each season.

Mykita & Bernhard Willhelm Franz Sunglasses

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