Based out of Basilicata, in Southern Italy, 1955 Italian Eyewear Factory began from the vision of Raffaele Ricciuti, an entrepreneur at almost 60 years old.
Now, seven years later, his passion and drive to operate a sustainable eyewear business has led him to great success.
We’re very pleased with his products and practices, so we’ve added 1955 Italian Eyewear Factory to Impakter Eco and spoke with Raffaele to understand more about his company.
Q: What is the history of 1955 Italian Eyewear Factory?
Raffaele: 1955 Italian Eyewear Factory was born in Basilicata, where nature is slow. There is no rush, so we decided to use our time to make something unique and original. We want to amaze with the beauty of shapes; refined and elegant, and made with quality.
It is the heart that turns an object into a work of art, but it takes the head to select the optimal silhouettes and delicate hands to cut, smooth, and polish material that lasts over time.
We have invested in the values of this land and created a reality where things are done with precision and seriousness.
Q: What is the meaning of the company’s name?
Raffaele: The name of the company represents the vintage style of 1950s eyewear which is the source of inspiration for the creation of various corporate collections.
Q: What sets 1955 Italian Eyewear Factory apart from other eyewear brands?
Raffaele: Contemporary craftsmanship distinguishes us from other eyewear brands. The daily work of skilled and precise hands, with over 30 years of experience in the sector as well as the digital skills of under 30s whose use of the latest technologies – such as 3D printers, scanners, lasers, and the latest software generation – boosts our competitive edge.
In this way we obtain perfect shapes with an international taste and exceed all quality standards.
Q: What is the company’s mission statement?
Raffaele: Our mission is to create models destined to last over time and to be collected.
We create customized glasses, without the obligation to follow trends. We are careful from design, to production, and shipping. We guarantee assistance in every phase of the production process, which all happens internally.
We want to innovate while maintaining the elegance of the “classics.” We believe that to remain competitive it is essential to experiment, accept new challenges to improve day after day, and start new projects that are capable of leaving their mark.
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Q: What makes the production process of 1955 eyewear sustainable?
Raffaele: All our products are made in Basilicata in the South of Italy. Producing everything in our factory is a way to ensure our quality and maintain responsibility.
In our work we are constantly committed to respecting the environment. Our packaging is eco-sustainable, reduced to minimum, and is the result of an environmental management system that has been supported for years.
We produce from only sufficient electricity, use recycled water, and low environmental impact materials such as cellulose acetate, which is obtained from the fiber of the wood and cotton. It is resistant and elastic, does not deteriorate into the substance and color, does not inflame, and is non-toxic.
We look forward to green ideals, and hold special concern for the future. And we strive to improve; we’re always studying new processes to use the acetate waste of our production to create new eyewear.
Q: What led 1955 to collaborating with Impakter Eco?
Raffaele: We wanted to begin a collaboration with Impakter Eco because you share the same values on sustainability, the green economy, and consequently follow our segmentation and reference target-attentive and eco-responsible consumers.
Q: What can we expect to see in the future from 1955?
Raffaele: 1955 Italian Eyewear Company are studying new processes to use acetate waste to produce new eyewear, therefore reducing unused materials and producing less waste.
We’re also looking to produce a new collection made totally from recycled acetates.
Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed here by Impakter.com columnists are their own, not those of Impakter.com. — In the Featured Photo: Eyeglass Sketch. Featured Photo Credit: 1955 Italian Eyewear Factory.