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MYKITA | LEICA
Optical precision. German engineering.

01 Jun, 2021

MYKITA | LEICA is a collaboration between two industry leaders of design and quality made in Germany dedicated to bringing the highest level of engineering to the world of eyewear.

The MYKITA | LEICA partnership is defined by its shared commitment to holistic product development, pioneering technology and precision craftsmanship. Bringing together their areas of expertise into a collective development process, the partnership pairs the innovative product engineering of the independent eyewear manufacturer with the iconic design, the finest lenses and optics from the premium camera brand.

The MYKITA | LEICA sunglasses collection is defined by a reduced, functional design focused on superior performance. The sun lenses by Leica Eyecare were developed exclusively for the collaboration and provide the central feature and differentiating functional element of the collection. This debut collection of sunglasses received the Red Dot Award for Product Design 2020.


The MYKITA | LEICA optical collection launches with four clean, timeless designs –
ML07 – ML10 – made of light and resilient stainless steel. Using precision detailing
and subtle colour accents, the iconic design language of Leica products is translated
into a refined, standalone eyewear aesthetic.


Optical models ML07 and ML08 return to established shapes from the sunglasses line – functional details, such as the top bridge for additional stability, double as a stylistic element to striking effect. Classic panto models ML09 and ML10 are purposely reduced for a timeless character that recalls the iconic, sleek design of Leica cameras – a super clean look that is further underlined in the monochrome Leica Anthrazite finish.

Optical models ML07 and ML08 return to established shapes from the sunglasses line – functional details, such as the top bridge for additional stability, double as a stylistic element to striking effect. Classic panto models ML09 and ML10 are purposely reduced for a timeless character that recalls the iconic, sleek design of Leica cameras – a super clean look that is further underlined in the monochrome Leica Anthrazite finish.

The defining colour palette of the collection is the black and grey background with contrasting pops of well-known Leica tones, including Leica Red and Leica Silver. These colour accents, applied in an elaborate manual process, appear on the ultra- fine contours on eyewear rims and temples. The familiar outline of the Leica camera lens hood is found again in the lens shape of the frames, most clearly on the angular ML08. Another recurring style element references the knurled grip on camera lenses – this non-slip surface is used for the inside of the steel temples, as well as on the top bridge on ML07 and ML08. In addition, ML09 and ML10 are available in a sleek, monochrome version – no surface texture or colour accents, but plenty of purist appeal. The distinctive Leica font is used throughout for the temple inscriptions.

MYKITA | LEICA Trunk Show

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