Mykita: revolution in 3D-printed eyewear
Mykita revolutionizes eyewear with face scanning and 3D-printing.
There are quite some brands and amateur 3D-print enthusiasts, who print eyewear frames. We see those frames pop up on the internet every now and then.
Meet German eyewear brand Mykita. Mykita is a high-end eyewear design company, founded in 2003. In 2011 they launched the first commercially produced collection 3D-printed luxury sunglasses, named Mykita Mylon. The Mylon designs are slick, beautiful and modern and the frames are a pleasure to wear. It took the company years of R&D to find the right materials and to develop soft, yet strong finishes and coatings that could stand, basically, 24/7 face contact.
At FashionTech last January, Mykita presented the next step in their 3D-printing revolution: Mykita My Very Own. It is bespoke eyewear, made by digital face scanning, secret algorithms and perfect collaboration with optometrists.
During FashionTech I made an appointment with global brand director Xenia Deger at Mykita’s HQ in Berlin, to get my face scanned. The HQ is located in the beautiful historical ‘Pelikan House’ in Kreuzberg. I meet Xenia in the eyewear showroom – a candy store for eyewear lovers, where Mykita has just installed the face scanner.
I don’t wear prescription glasses, but I am a big fan of sun glasses, all year long. Xenia explains that shopping for prescription eyewear can be quite a challenge (not to say a crusade), especially when one’s blessed with high cheek bones, broad eyes or heavy bone structure. If you’re looking for a specific frame design, it’s hard to get your hands on one that fits the shape of your face perfectly. Less distressing maybe, but also hunting for perfect sun glasses can be nerve wrecking .
Xenia asks me to step into the face scanner – especially developed for Mykita. I do, and the machine starts scanning, it takes 30 seconds. My face with the chosen frame appears on the iPad. Now the optometrist stretches and pushes the frame into the perfect shape on my digital face.
Published @ FashNerd//March 2016//© Miranda Writes//