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Eyewear Series: Masunaga 1905, JAPAN


Origin: JAPAN Designed and handmade in Japan

Specialty:

  • petite,

  • high eyeglasses prescriptions,

  • timeless,

  • classic,

  • titanium,

  • flat nose bridge

This is one of our favorite and best selling eyeglass collections.


Masunaga belongs to Japan’s largest and most eminent eyewear manufacturers in the world. They are produced in Fukui, Japan where 97% of Japanese-made eyewear glasses frames are manufactured. Masunaga is responsible for establishing the Fukui prefecture in the western part of the main Honshu island as a hotbed for eyeglasses manufacturing. Japanese craftsmanship is reputable around the world and a large number of international eyeglasses companies rely on Japan to produce high-end eyewear.

The founder Gozaemon Masunaga recruited skilled craftsmen from Osaka and Tokyo with the ambition of elevating the eyeglasses standard. There are as many as 200 manual processes involved in making an eyeglass frame. Masunaga continues to value manual craftsmanship in their production process and handles all of the manufacturing in-house. Masunaga is the only company in Japan that has a factory responsible for the

  • complete processing of raw materials,

  • production, and

  • finishing.

The success of the company is a result of the founder’s vision of establishing a guild-like system where craftsmen could create their own business within the brand, This system fostered the growth of many eyeglass craftsmen which created the optical industry to spread all over Fukui, Japan. The secret to the brand surviving so long is their dedication to consistently applying their craftsmanship to every stage of the manufacturing process:

  • The company deliberately chooses to use their hands-on creation process.

  • A key contributing factor to their success is developing their own molds in-house for all of their new design models. This allows them to test out and catch any imperfections in the downstream production process.

The company’s mission statement embodies authentic, humble Japanese heritage: “We manufacture excellent eyeglasses. We want to make a profit if we can, but we don’t hesitate to take a loss. It is always in our thoughts to manufacture excellent eyeglasses.” Japanese craftsmanship is prided on work ethic and a determination to strive for precision and perfection.

Masunaga craftsmen derive their inspiration from fluid visuals from sculpture and architecture to produce their stunningly beautiful eyewear. The company prides themselves on not rushing the development of frames to maintain a flawless final product that meets their quality standards. Masunaga’s specialty is in producing high technology disguised in a simple design. This allows them to achieve delicate and beautiful lines and styles in their eyeglasses - minimalist aesthetic meets maximum function.


If you’re looking for

  • beautifully designed,

  • minimal,

  • highest quality eyewear glasses,

then you can find Masunaga 1905 at Respect Eyecare in Inglewood Calgary.

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