The company was founded by Moritz Krueger, Philipp Haffmans, Daniel Haffmans and Harald Gottschling in 2003. All of its products are hand-assembled in their manufactory in Berlin. In 2014 MYKITA moved to the current headquarters in the historical Pelikan-Haus in Berlin, Kreuzberg. The name MYKITA is derived from ”Kita” (a common abbreviation for Kindertagesstätte) and is a reference to the firm’s first premises in a former day nursery. MYKITA has its own stores in cities such as New York, Berlin, Paris, Monterrey (Mexico), Vienna, Zurich, Cartagena de Indias and Tokyo, and its products are sold in over 60 countries
In 2004 MYKITA launched its first metal-frame collection, Collection No1. The frames are made from stainless steel and feature a patented hingeless design with no screws or welded joints.
Collection No2, launched soon afterwards, comprises acetate frames and includes both prescription models and sunglasses. The Lite, Decades and Luxe lines were then also added to the product range. The Lite collection comprises the company’s lightest models, which have an ultra-thin frame comprising just three parts. The Decades collection is based on spectacles forms from various eras of the 20th century. Luxe has an emphasis on naturally sourced materials.
In 2010 MYKITA introduced MYLON, a new material based on polyamide and a first in the eyewear industry. The selective laser sintering (SLS) technique is used to make frames individually and without form-related restrictions. The entire production process is zero-waste, with any unused powder being recycled for subsequent use. According to the manufacturer, MYLON provides a wide range of design options thanks to its lightness; in addition, the material’s thermal adaptability means the frames are fully adjustable. The first MYLON collection was premiered at the Silmo eyewear fair in September 2011.
To celebrate their 8th anniversary, the company published the MYKITA 8 Book, including works of famous artists and photographers: Bernhard Willhelm, Mark Borthwick, Agathe Snow, Billy and Hells, Sarah Illenberger, Lina Ekstrand, Bengtsson, Mikio Hasui, Signe Kjaer and Kristin Loschert
A constant search for innovation, the visionary use of materials and a wealth of experience in eyewear design are the defining elements behind their’s collections.The use of ultra-thin steel synthesis technology and screwless designs produces lightweight frames that marry quality and innovation.
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