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Artisan spirit lives on at Mykita: could it be the Hermès of eyewear ?

By Astrid Wendlandt
BERLIN - In the world of European high-end eyewear, there is giant EssilorLuxottica, smaller players such as Italy’s Marcolin and luxury groups LVMH and Kering that started investing in the sector a few years ago. And then there’s Germany’s Mykita – the last independent fully integrated spectacle manufacturer after Kering acquired Denmark’s Lindberg last year. From the nose bridge to Mykita’s trademark spiral hinge that connects the temple to the frame without screws, every production step is handled by a human being - a luxury in our machine-dominated 21st century. And it takes place in Kreuzberg, the bohemian heart of the German capital, known for its art galleries and trendy restaurants. But what could be the bigger game plan of Mykita at a time when haute eyewear is becoming one of the fastest growing segments of European luxury?

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