When designers Harald Gottschling, Daniel Haffmans, Philipp Haffmans, and Moritz Krueger debuted Mykita’s first designer glasses collection in 2004, there were some people in the industry who thought it couldn’t get any better than their Collection No. 1 Sun. We’re happy to say we knew they were wrong! When the Mykita No.2 Sun Collection premiered a few years later, we had a lot of fun saying I told you so when the brand came out with beautiful acetate sunglasses that featured a whole new hinge concept.
The Mykita No.2 Sun Collection is just a lot of fun, with its six bold styles and its range of absolutely incredible colors. These are designer sunglasses that don’t bow down to trends – Mykita really nailed it with its second collection of classical sunglasses that will still be hot years or even decades from now. Want to see two of our favorite styles from the Mykita No.2 Sun Collection?
Mykita’s Marc is sure to get you noticed with its bold celeb styling and awesome sun protection.
And at the other end of the spectrum, you have Mykita’s Emanuelle, oversized and elegant sunglasses with a totally timeless look.
All of the sunglasses in the Mykita No.2 Sun Collection come with either gradient, solid, or polarized lenses in various colors – a feature we think makes these shades even cooler. But that’s just our opinion. How do you feel about colored lenses in sunglasses? Is it a lasting trend or one destined to get stale?
When you’ve experienced the utter awesomeness of lightweight prescription frames, it’s hard to go back to weightier acetate frames when you need to wear sunglasses. But we’re happy to say that we found the perfect compromise in the Mykita No.1 Sun Collection. Introduced in 2005, the Mykita No.1 Sun Collection is the natural extension of the brand’s Collection No. 1 – with an eyewear launch as successful as Mykita’s, how could they not branch out into the world of sunglasses?
Mykita’s No.1 Sun Collection has a little something for everyone, with designs that are classic – think updated aviators like the iconic Rolf – and sunglasses that defy categorization. How could you not love designs like these:
The elegant Isabella is vintage inspired but made with all the technological know-how that Mykita is famous for. Like the signature Mykita hinge or the oven fired Swiss lacquer that gives these gorgeous sunglasses their lasting flat black finish.
And the toned-down aviator Craig is yet another of our faves for the very same reasons.
All of the amazing sunglasses in the Mykita No.1 Sun Collection are available in different distinctive colors and with different lens options. How about the Isabella in violet with violet gradient lenses? Can you think of another designer with a collection that is so subtle yet so instantly recognizable?
Anyone looking for the ultimate subtle celeb-luxe accessory should check out the MYKITA Rolf, an extremely light unisex Aviators handmade in Germany. You’ve probably seen this unique style of MYKITA sunglasses on celebrities like Brad Pitt, Hugh Grant, and Angelina Jolie without even realizing it because these sunglasses are an exercise in stylishly low-key luxury.
MYKITA Rolf polarized sunglasses feature the brand’s signature screwless hinge, and it’s paired with a classic double bridge, making them an amazing choice for everyday wear. Plus, they’re durable so you never have to worry about overdoing it when you’re wearing your Rolfs.
But what makes this design different from your everyday aviator sunglasses are lenses that are subtly angled downward near the bridge, giving them a sexy, exciting feel. These aren’t your dad’s aviators by any stretch of the imagination. MYKITA Rolf polarized sunglasses are retro by virtue of being aviators, but their archetypal silhouette belies a bold, modern, and powerful style of sunglasses that will add an air of luxury to any outfit and any activity.
Why do we wear MYKITA Rolf? Because they make us look luxurious without being blatantly showy. Now we want to hear from you: What’s your secret eyewear luxury?
In their opening collection, designers Haffmans and Gottschling managed to capture harmony between man and mechanism with the ingenious use of surgical-grade stainless steel anda revolutionary hinge apparatus that made screws and soldering obsolete. These innovations resulted in modernized traditional eyeglass frames and sunglasses that were lightweight, yet incredibly durable and unbelievably comfortable. The collection remains a hallmark of elegance and aesthetic clarity that can be as colorful or as subdued as the wearer prefers.
Two years later, again at Silmo, MYKITA unveiled their Collection No. 2, which was in many ways a departure from the brand’s previously established design sensibilities (though elements of the paradigm-changing hinge remained). Instead of its signature sleek slim-line metal frames, this collection featured full-bodied, three dimensional acetate frames that, while still a variation on long-established eyewear styles, were most definitely more playful and sculptural than their predecessors. To make a fuller frame required yet another leap in innovation: a snap-hinge that does away with the unappealing gap that’s left between the hinge and the frame on traditional acetate glasses and sunglasses.
Both collections have contributed to MYKITA’s celebrated reputation in the design world. The brand’s sophisticated look, cutting-edge hardware, and impeccable workmanship led to MYKITA winning awards at several high-profile international design competitions for eyeglass design and overall product design, including the 2007 Silmo d’Or Award, the 2007 Red Dot Design Award, and the iF Product Design Award in both 2007 and 2010.
From there, MYKITA revealed a passion for taking lightweight eyewear to new heights with their LITE collection, which is comprised of ultra light metal frames consisting of no more than three individual pieces. Then came from LUXE line, with a high-end retro look marked by details like buffalo horn tips and precious metal coatings, and the LIMITED collection, in which MYKITA partnered with various designers to create the MYKITA sunglasses which are unlike any on the market today.
In April of 2007, the brand opened its first exclusive shop in Berlin, with the entire store concept designed to reflect the forward-thinking philosophy and unique look of MYKITA.All MYKITA frames continue to be hand-assembled at MYKITA’s own production site in Berlin and are available at over 1,400 select high-end opticians across the globe, including at Vizio Optic in Boston, MA.