Art & Design

6 March, 2024

The Art of Japanese Eyewear Manufacturing

At L’Atelier Optica, we are fortunate to work with brands from different parts of the world, allowing us to experience the best of each place’s tradition and innovation. However, we want to highlight one of the countries that provides us with the finest eyewear: Japan.


Japanese eyewear manufacturing is synonymous with quality. It is well-known that the Japanese have a unique approach to life, being at the forefront of technology, detail-oriented, and meticulous in all aspects, whether social, family, or work-related.



Numerous industries can boast of producing top-quality products when they are made in Japan, and the eyewear industry is not an exception. What contributes to this excellent reputation?


Japanese eyewear manufacturers are often at the cutting edge of technology, which allows them to stay ahead in the design and production of vision products. Moreover, they always use premium materials, something that holds significant importance to them (and to us!).


This ensures that the resulting product is durable over time and highly resistant.



However, this technological advancement does not make them forget their rich artisanal tradition, which enables them to maintain a keen attention to detail that sets them apart. Artisanal processes are present in all Japanese eyewear brands.


For example, let us mention the manufacturing process of Matsuda eyewear, available at L’Atelier Óptica. It involves 250 steps, with the work of 13 artisans. Each pair of glasses is meticulously crafted for more than 71 hours, guaranteeing that each product is unique, special, and upholds the high standards crucial to Japanese manufacturing. Moreover, it is an evolving process, continuously enriched with new techniques and ideas contributed by each artisan based on their daily experiences.


Matsuda likes to say, and we agree with them, that their artisans are true sculptors of acetate, as they handcraft an acetate derived from cotton, cured for three months. The artisanal and manual work continues until the very end because, once the eyewear is completed and has undergone more technical processes, it returns to the hands of the artisans for a final inspection to address any possible imperfections before it reaches the stores.


Undoubtedly, “Made in Japan” is synonymous with quality.

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