Handcrafted in the heart of Europe
I wanted to fix some of the elemental flaws I find in
So much thought has been given for the looks, that the function of the eyeglass frame has been neglected. Comfort has been sacrificed. Caliber Optics aims to solve this by bringing balance and precision into eyewear.
On a recent journey to the United States, I found a few 9mm bullet casings on the street. I immediately took a liking to these awesome objects.
I In 1998, while studying in Seattle, Hungarian-American Zachary Tipton’s vision began to deteriorate. It was the best thing that could have happened to him. Zack decided to make his own eyeglasses and founded Tipton Eyeworks in Seattle.
His first company made customized rimless glasses using titanium. The business took off and eventually Zack wanted to make glasses out of other materials, but he couldn’t find the right materials to realize his vision.
Today Caliber Optics is the newest project of Tipton Eyeworks. It's purpose is to help the wearer see better through the unification of art and technology.
Fitted with prescription lenses and a pair of cigar box hinges.
Vinyl sourced from one of Europe’s last pressing plant was fused with hypoallergenic organic fiber-based cellulose acetate.
Armed with samples, including frames that have become Vinylize icons, Zack criss crossed Europe by train. He visited every optician in every city en route. Many became customers of Vinylize who are loyal to us to this day.
From Defeat To Victory
In 2014, the machines originally used to make the first Vinylize frames were put up for sale. We were able to buy them and brought production home to Hungary where it’s remained.
Today, every Vinylize frame is handmade in Budapest by a team of 16 people. Each frame takes six weeks to make.
Vinylize designed the trophy for the prestigious 2018 and 2019 UK and Italian Best Art Vinyl awards.
In 2019, we entered into an exciting partnership with Detroit’s Motown Museum. Designed and made by Vinylize, The Hitsville U.S.A. Sunglasses Collection celebrates 60 years of the label, helps raise funds for the museum and enables fans around the world to wear the music
The beat goes on.