SEP 8, 2017
The best products are the ones designed for life, much like these Kaneko Optical sunglasses
Combining finesse and function, Crafted for Lexus is a collection of luxury lifestyle items designed in collaboration with a new wave of Japanese artisans who are reinterpreting traditional crafts in a contemporary way.
For these ultralightweight unisex sunglasses, Lexus worked with Kaneko Optical, whose painstaking production processes take place in the manufacturer’s single, integrated factory in the city of Sabae. Each frame is hand-carved and polished for more than 150 hours to achieve eagle-eyed precision. They are designed for comfort and lightness, blending high-grade binchotan—a traditional oak charcoal made in Kishu since the Edo period—with Japanese acetate. And with premium polarized lenses that reduce brightness without compromising vision, they are the perfect driving shades.
The city of Sabae is Japan’s leading hub for the manufacturing of high-quality optical frames. Kaneko Optical was founded here in 1958, and since then has become a pioneer in the eyeglass industry for its delicate yet sturdy frames. To this day, all of Kaneko’s eyewear are produced under one roof in Sabae by a team of skilled craftspeople from Fukui Prefecture. Not only does this allow the brand to concentrate on the quality of each product, it also distinguishes it from other manufacturers who commonly rely on division of labor to increase their quantity of production.