Inspired by the 1976 Winter Olympics, FRANZ marked the start of a long-term collaboration between MYKITA and Paris- and L.A. based fashion designer Bernhard Willhelm in 2009. The resulting range of mirrored glasses with stainless steel frames has since seen the addition of various colours, forms and new designs. From sun visor to coloured gradient lenses or 1980s-style aviator frames – as applies to the fashion designs of Bernhard Willhelm, these models blend innovative designs and cues from the world of contemporary culture to form independent creations.
MYKITA is a modern manufactory that combines precision craftsmanship with new technologies. A constant search for innovation, the visionary use of materials and a wealth of experience in eyewear design are the defining elements behind MYKITA’s collections. A key factor in the company’s success is its holistic business philosophy, which brings together expertise from all disciplines under a single roof, the MYKITA HAUS. It thrives on the power of a self-contained network that enables interdisciplinary research and the transfer of technologies. This all-encompassing mentality is also reflected in the MYKITA Shops; the unique retail concept unites the firm’s own design principles with optical precision made in Germany.
Entertainer and enfant terrible. Fashion designer Bernhard Willhelm is a bit of both – but more importantly a congenial designer. After graduating from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp in 1998, the German joined forces with Jutta Kraus to set up his self-titled fashion label for launching four collections a year: two for men and two for women. Willhelm’s creations blend innovative cuts, cues from the contemporary world of popular culture with elements from the sports and streetwear scene – while always injecting a touch of irony and absurdity. The results have won him a range of fashion accolades, including the ANDAM Award (Association Nationale pour le Développement de la Mode) bestowed by the French Minister of Culture in 2005; furthermore his designs are regularly featured in group and solo shows around the world. Bernhard Willhelm has in addition made stage outfits for Pop singer Björk’s 2007 world tour as well as theatre costumes for the Deutsches Theater in Berlin. Together with artists Carsten Fock and Dirk Bonn he has created non-commercial works that have been exhibited in galleries in Berlin and Stockholm and the Biennale in Athens.