Normandy – The Struktur Of Good Things To Come

Struktur Eyewear - Normandy, France

Normandy is a place of rich history. From Viking raids in the 9th century to William the 1st conquering of England in the 11th century, to the Allied Invasion on D-Day in 1944, Normandy has played an important role in the history of not only France but the world. Normandy is also the home to France’s Struktur Eyewear, the leading French eyewear manufacturer.

After four days of looking at new eyewear from around the world at SILMO Paris, I needed one more fix of eyewear and took the train from Paris to Évreux where I was met by Jean-Francois Lufeaux, the President, and Thierry Bonhomme, the designer of Struktur Eyewear. About ten minutes from the train station in a pretty conventional modern industrial park setting we arrived at the Struktur headquarters.

Évreux Cathedral
Évreux Cathedral

We all know about the supply chain issues that the COVID pandemic caused, which are still being felt in every sector of the economy around the world. Eyewear has been a victim as manufacturing in Asia took big hits during the pandemic and the price of shipping went through the roof as well. Struktur as a French manufacturer that proudly produces acetate frames from start to finish in their own facility in France was well positioned when those supply chain issues occurred and make eyewear not only under their name but for some very famous European brands as well. While I cannot disclose who those brand names are, rest assured those fashion frames are all made with the same care and dedication to excellence that makes Struktur a brand worth getting to know better.

Struktur is a company experiencing tremendous growth. They are fast running out of space in their current building and are in the process of acquiring a new facility to manufacture eyewear. I want to share a few of the images I took during the factory tour so our readers can see the process and the people for themselves.

high tech cutting machinery at Struktur Eyewear
High tech cutting machinery at Struktur Eyewear

Assembly Floor at Struktur Eyewear
Assembly Floor at Struktur Eyewear
Patters for every frame shape made at Struktur
Patters for every frame shape made at Struktur
high tech cutting machinery at Struktur Eyewear
CNC frame manufacturing
hand inspection of frame front
Hand inspection of frame front
high tech cutting machinery at Struktur Eyewear
Precision frame manufacturing
Acetate sheets at Struktur Eyewear
Shelves of acetate

Final finishing and polishing
Final finishing and polishing

Visit the Struktur Eyewear website at struktur-eyewear.fr to see their entire line of frames and sunglasses.

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