Design

Steeling Segusino: watch our frames take shape

Let us take you to Segusino. Tucked away among the mountains of the Veneto, the town was birthplace to the great Palladio and is also DOC home of prosecco. We love this part of the world, and not just because it gave birth to the godfather of architect or our favourite fizz. We love it because it’s a place of invention.

It takes a special kind of pioneering spirit to take a concept designed in a cold, industrial metal like stainless steel and turn it into something warm, beautiful and comfortable.

After designing our frames in London, KITE metal eyewear concepts go to Italy. To Segusino. Where a slow steel symphony is performed. A 37 days process from start to finish.

Sheets of 0.8mm surgical steel are sliced into strips. These are water-cut with millimetric precision into our unique frame shapes.

High-impact machinery adds exacting design details, such as nose bridge and base curvature. (Did Palladio dream of such cutting edge design?).

The frames are then tumble-polished in ceramic beads and oil for 10 long, slow days. The artefact that emerges is smooth as silk.

Venetian artisans hand-solder lens bars to the frames. These are to hold the optical or sunglass lenses, while minimising the frame weight.

Then comes colour. Galvanic colour to be exact. A specialised colour treatment that enables us to create exquisite colour effects. Precisely.

Then more work by hand. Testing, detailing, finishing. Our 10-step quality-control takes more time. Tick tock. (Or tic-tac in Italiano).

Then our beautiful glasses and sunglasses fly back to London, where they were first conceived. It’s like coming home.

We got so excited about all this steely beauty that we commissioned a cinematographer to make a mini movie so you can see the mesmerising process for yourself.