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Mykita’s enormous headquarters in Kreuzberg, Berlin is a kind of modernist’s utopia.  This is an eyewear company that lives and breathes by its mantra of ‘relentless innovation’, which means a culture of radical experimentation permeates every room of its ‘modern manufactory’ – a kind of HQ-meets-production-line that would give Ayn Rand goosebumps. 

Fundamentally high tech, Mykita is a company that is determined to do things differently. Named after the abandoned kindergarten (‘kita’ is the German shorthand for kindergarten) in which it was originally established in 2003, Mykita was formed in the best tradition of Berlin: a city with an ever-changing personality and wardrobe.

“Being a creative company in Berlin definitely requires a different perspective than in Paris, London or New York where there is already a kind of establishment,” Mykita co-founder Moritz Krüger says. “It is a bit like virgin territory. Consider the culture of bars and clubs… pretty much everything presented an opportunity. There was an empty space and people would bring some furniture or whatever they had and create an atmosphere to have a good time. Mkita started out in that spirit.”

This approach has led to some pretty nifty inventions, most of which have been total firsts for the eyewear industry.  The brand’s patented hingeless frame design, with no screws or welded joints, for example, which are nigh on impossible to break.  Then there’s the use of Mylon - a fine polyamide powder which is fused into solid objects using a 3D printing technology called Selective Laser Sintering, and formed layer by layer according to a digital data set. 

“With this technology you can create a three-dimensional product exactly in the shape you want to have it, without additional tooling costs,” explains Moritz. “It gives us the possibility to create a product that from a performance perspective is better than anything out there when it comes to sports eyewear. 

This dedication to new technology and production techniques has led to some collaborations with serious heavyweights on the international fashion scene, such as Maison Margiela, Damir Doma and Bernhard Willhelm. 

“The ultimate condition when we collaborate with a partner is to create something truly different that will open a new world in a way,” says Moritz. “It’s a nice challenge to give somebody else authority in your creative process. In our work with Bernhard Willhelm, Mr. Galliano at Maison Margiela or Damir Doma it’s all about trying to find a balance, to create a product that reflects the two aesthetic worlds.”

With no heritage to protect and no marketing void to fill, the results are beautiful, often shocking, reinterpretations of classic silhouettes, with some styles even intentionally interrupted during the production process in order to create a certain aesthetic.

“It’s like inviting a good friend to cook a dinner together,” says Mortiz. “You have the basics in your kitchen and the guest brings some fresh ingredients. In the case of Mykita, our “kitchen” is full of various materials, technologies and individual expertise… We just invite people over, open the fridge and try to make something together.”

Most impressively of all, every single pair of Mykita frames is assembled by hand in the manufactory.  There are so many steps to the production process that this almost defies belief.

“Having all the experience and expertise under one roof, being able to communicate face-to-face on a daily basis has created this holistic system, a circle of permanent improvement and learning,” says Moritz. 

“I think the Japanese have a concept for this called “kaizen” where one takes small steps to change for the better.” 


A selection of Mykita frames are available now.