Rapp Eyewear – An Eyewear Love Story
Friday, September 11 2020 | 07 h 54 min | Optik Magazine
Jean-François Venne, Optik Magazine’s contributor, presents Mel Rapp, iconic Canadian eyewear designer who exports his creations all over the world.
Mel Rapp’s love of eyewear started in the second half of the sixties, where he was already selling non-prescription sunglasses to other students. In 1978, by then an optician, had a client with very strong myopia who dreamed of wearing a rimless frame. Mel Rapp ended up making a piece tailored for him, which worked well, and fabricated some for other people as well. But it was in the early 2000s that Rapp Eyewear started to manufacture frames more intensively, mainly after the opening of a separate installation in 2001.
Rapp Eyewear frames are worn by people who aren’t into mass production, who love well-made products, and accept to pay a little more to get them. They don’t place a logo or a similar inscription on the frame. According to Mel, clients pay for an object that they love and shouldn’t be used for advertising purposes.
Find out which materials Mel Rapp prefers to use and how the pandemic has affected Rapp Eyewear by checking out the full interview available in the August-September issue of Optik Magazine.