The district of Belluno, in Veneto, represents the core of Italy’s eyewear production with its 12,000 workers and housing giants such as Luxottica, Safilo, De Rigo and Marcolin. The district comprises two relevant areas for this industry: Cadore, with almost 50 percent of the eyewear factories, and Agordino, where Luxottica is based.
The first eyewear laboratories emerged during World War II, assembling components for styles that were made in Germany. After the war, they started to produce frames, lenses and cases, raising the bar on technology and gradually specializing in the sector.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"