This story begins in 1974, when TV was only watched in black-and-white.
Using ancient tools to refine, to retouch and to finish, to align perfectly, to mount the hinges with shot peened rivets, to define the fit. Temples were smoothened with the scraper to remove the edges and tons of wheels were used to polish the frames for the best shiny finishing.
What a huge but great job it was; and in the evening, at the end of the long day, we were proud of what we accomplished and learned, cause we put a piece of ourselves into those frames. Once you have learned to work by hand, the work was focused to the pantographs for the cutting and shaping of the fronts, and eventually to the hinge machines to make the temples and to the other machinery necessary to bend nose pads.
On Saturday morning, those apprentices with great passion for this work would come to the factory to experiment different techniques and tools.
Those were intense years where we invented and improved all kinds of processing’s, continuously.
Dandy´s collection is born from passion and expertise that we gained in over 45 years of work; is born from the will to make frames and glasses in a serene and pleasant way.
I still remember and I can picture in my mind that time of my life where passion for work was greater than passion for the pure business. Shortly after that a whole series of new technologies, electronics equipment, numerical control CNC centers took place to ease and increase productivity. Physical fatigue has indeed vanished. All different steps or manufacturing are now standardized, flattened. Same milling to make a variety of shapes. Everything is produced with speeded up automation, the time to produce a pair of glasses is drastically reduced. The frames are polished by paint; the silkiness of the natural acetate disappears.