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Modern Day Eyewear Craftsmen

One of the things I love most about being an eyewear designer, is that I spend a lot of time at the factories, where I get to meet some very inspiring people. One of these is Raffaele Ricciuti, owner of 1955, a producer of bespoke eyewear in the South of Italy. Here his team of craftsmen create products for niche brands as well as for Occhialeria Artigiana, their own collection, which will be exhibited at this year’s XXI International Exhibition of the Triennale of Milan.
Many things set 1955 apart from other manufacturers. They are decentralised from the eyewear centres of production in the North of Italy, yet unlike some in the country,  they are certified 100% Made in Italy. The other unique feature of of 1955 is Raffaele himself, a luminary who decided to invests in technology to support his team's handcraft skills.

Here is an extract from my interview with Raffaele.
As a small Italian eyewear manufacturer we use only the best raw materials and co…

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