In 1972, EYEVAN made a start with a concept of “Eyewear for dressing as a fashion item,” and in 1985, it made a world debut. EYEVAN products are known for their timeless design, and when we look into hand-written drawings or archives of EYEVAN, we can see Japan’s genuine craftsmanship and creativity as well as the enthusiasm of design team of those days. In 2013, after around 40 years from launch, new design team reconstructed the brand EYEVAN 7285 based on EYEVAN’s archives.

EYEVAN’s archives represent an essential source of inspiration for EYEVAN 7285. In the archives, we can find a variety of things, such as vintage eyewear, telescopes, hand mirrors and old tools that our initial design team collected. Artifacts, such as building structures and nature, are another vital source of inspiration for our designers. These numerous design sources are carefully blended and transformed into beautiful eyewear.

EYEVAN 7285 frames are crafted with a combination of craftsmen’s handwork and the state-of-art machine tools in Sabae, Fukui prefecture, which stands first in production of eyewear in the world. Only a handful of exceptionally skillful artisans in Sabae can craft eyeglasses one by one through about 400 operations. With a blend of traditional and modern processes, EYEVAN 7285 designs can be perceived as pieces of art.


Ben Shelton
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