Masunaga Optical premiered the eyewear production in Fukui Japan in 1905. The company founder Gozaemon Masunaga brought in skilled craftsmen from Osaka and Tokyo with the ambition of setting the optical industry solidly in place in Fukui.
The birth of the MASUNAGA since 1905 collection pays tribute to classic and timeless designs of Masunaga’s own historical frames. In September 1933, Masunaga Optical presented three solid gold frames to the Emperor of Japan when he visited Fukui area. The MASUNAGA G.M.S. (Gozaemon Masunaga Spectacle) series is directly inspired by the frames created for the Emperor. In 1970, one of our products the “Custom 72” was placed in the time capsule at the Osaka World Expo. This remarkable result of the Custom 72 has inspired the designs of the MASUNAGA 光輝 (KOKI) series.
Meticulous craftsmanship is evident in the countless steps of the manufacturing process. Masunaga does not rush the process. No shortcuts are taken, no compromises are made in the creation of each MASUNAGA frame. Featuring beautifully hand polished Japanese acetate, high grade pure Titanium, durable seven barrel hinges, distinctive silver rivets, MASUNAGA since 1905 collection confirms what Masunaga Optical has achieved over the past century.