HISTORY

HISTORY

Apr/2011

Three of our in-house designers formed a new product development team.

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Spectacle frames with no screws
Spectacle frames with new materials

Jun/2011

The team made various samples based on several ideas.

Base items

Base items

Structural samples

Structural samples

A new idea to be built in ….

A new idea to be built in ….

Those samples could not satisfy the standards necessary for spectacle frames.
Then those ideas were shelved.

Sep/2011

After a period of trial-and-error,

One designer came up with the idea.

“Can we apply the design of safety pin?”

Can we apply the design of safety pin?

The team soon made a structural sample.This is it.

The team soon made a structural sample.

Oct/2011

The team realized that the temple can hook the loop hinge.

The team realized that the temple can hook the loop hinge.

That’s where the basic structure of i-S.P.I.C was created.
Then they started examining it for manufacturing spectacle frames.

Mar/2012

Through a series of discussions with factories,
the team concluded that this could be applied for spectacle frames.
Then they made a prototype.

Then they made a prototype.

They made a few modifications on the prototype to improve the strength.
And they started the commercial production to make a first sample set for our autumn show.

Aug/2012

The samples were inspected by open-close test
(a machine continues to open and close the temples.
Normal standard to pass this test is 5,000 – 10,000 times).
We did unlimited open-close test on i-S.P.I.C to know its maximum limit.

The result showed that 160,000 of open-close test caused only a small deformation
but there was no breakage by metal fatigue.

2012 Oct

The first samples of i-S.P.I.C
presented to our customers at our autumn show in Tokyo.

2013 Feb

We officially release i-S.P.I.C at the WOF exhibition in Tokyo.

Wire puzzle