Sabae Edition is a celebration of the craftsmen in the Japanese city Sabae, known for its long tradition of producing eyewear with rigorous attention to detail. The first drop includes the Nawate frame which is designed with flexible curved ’Nawate’ temples and ichiyama feature, a special nose bridge, both for immaculate fit.
The delicate Nawate frame come in light metal in three variations: matte black with an acetate ring, gold-plated metal and silver-plated metal, matched with different coloured lenses, including black, orange and pink.
”On our visits to the craftsmen and women in Sabae we have got to know their incredible heritage, and wanted to interpret some of the classical features that originate from here. We decided to create Sabae Edition as an homage to the craftsmanship, where we have looked at vintage models and given them a modern Scandinavian take, celebrating our connection, says co-founder and creative director Christopher Hunt.
In total the craftsmen complete 15 different stages, including cutting the eye rim, pressing of the temples and plating. The result is a lightweight, stylish frame for all-year-round use.
Japanese eyewear production in Sabae started more than 100 years ago. Craftsmen from the town, west of Tokyo, were among the first to innovate robust, yet light materials for a classic fit.
Originally, it was a poor farming village often hidden by snow in the winter months. In 1905, Masunaga Gozaemon and his brother Kohachi started producing glasses to secure additional income during the farming off-season. They invited skilled artisans from Osaka who taught the villagers the art of eyewear production, and until this day they still advance innovations, techniques, and drive world-class product quality.
Ninety percent of the people of Sabae work within the eyewear industry. Whether it is making temples, small metal parts, glazing of the lenses or plating of metal colours, they all have their own expertise that together makes up the final high-end product.
“The result is a perfect match between Japanese and Scandinavian values: wearable and timeless design with a great attention to detail, perfect for all-year-round use,” Christopher Hunt says.