Our glasses are 100% hand-made using certified materials.
1955 is an Italian company, whose eyeglasses and sunglasses are entirely hand-made. The entire handcrafting process is made up of 70 steps, each of which is essential. We have two production lines that can create up to 150 frames per day, using only high-quality raw materials.
The production process is 100% hand-made in Italy. Every component, including the acetate frames, Teflon hinges, lenses, sidepieces, cases, and wiping cloths, are all top quality.
The creation of eyeglasses and sunglasses starts from the design phase, with hand-drawn sketches and 3D computer drawings. This stage is followed by the development of a prototype with 3D printing. The goal is to design glasses that not only feature an exclusive and elegant design but are also functional and ergonomic.
Once you approve the prototype, the actual production phase begins. We start by cutting a strip from a sheet of acetate. Next, we cut the front piece, which begins to define the shape of the lenses. Then, we proceed with the outer cut to outline the frame. All pieces are subsequently sanded and smoothed by hand. The next step consists in the smoothing and polishing stage of the final pieces and fronts. After that, we proceed with fastening the hinges on the inside of the glasses.
The next step is bending to create the curvature on the part of the glasses that rests on the nose. Protective stoppers are immediately inserted on the hinges to keep them from getting damaged during barrelling. This step lasts up to 72 hours and involves smoothing the frames in barrels, in which there are cylindrical pieces of wood that smooth and polish the fronts of the frames and define the shapes through rotation. Next, the glasses undergo ultrasound cleaning to eliminate all process residues. Once this production cycle has been completed, the sidepieces are created using a machine called "core temple shooting machine": this is a hollow punch that cuts the sidepieces which, after having been heated, are completed with metal cores inserted inside of them to make them more rigid and stable. The next step includes smoothing the surfaces and perimeter of the sidepieces using sandpaper, followed by barrelling. The last step consists in the complete assembly, including frame adjustment and finishing. The finished, customised eyewear is now ready for packaging and shipping.
#We Do Exactly What We Say
This is more than just a tagline. It’s a choice. “We do exactly what we say” because we respect our customers and our raw materials. The handmade process in Italy starts and develops thanks to the combination of different national companies that join forces to provide the best product possible. Manufacturers are essential to ensure a product standing out for its Italian style and ethics.
By listing our suppliers, we give you the possibility to choose the pair of glasses that 1955 will make for you!
We want to stand out from the crowd, designing unique and high-quality models in an environmentally sustainable way, in line with a lifestyle that we want to share with our customers.
Our laboratory is powered and heated using environmentally-friendly systems, which allow us to manufacture our products with an extremely low environmental impact. We believe that experimentation is what you need to be competitive. Accepting new challenges to improve every day, embracing projects that will leave a mark, such as searching for a 100% recycled and fully biodegradable material that can replace acetate.