Mike 23 is back and this time he has brought a set of premium sunglasses that's hand crafted in Japan featuring the infamous crackle pattern. To construct the Mike acetate frames a process of over 40 days and 100 craftsmen are needed. The construction process starts where several sheets of acetate are hand cut to size one at a time and over a period of six hours are heated to 150 degrees layer by layer. At this time a craftsman hand molds and shapes into a curved face-forming shape. After a cooling period, the shapes are than hand craved and are polished in a tumbling process over a two week period. The frames are attached to the arms with ten rivets, "2" on the front and "3" on the side for each arm to create the strongest hinge available int he optical industry. The full construction process can be read on the mike23.com website which relaunches tomorrow 2/17.
Both the black/grey and black/gold frames will be available exclusively on the Mike website for $217 on 2-17.