The remarkable legacy of an eyewear manufacturer
The early days of the business
The first glasses date back to the Middle Ages.
It was in 1298 that the Italian physicist SALVINO DEGLI ARMATI came up with the idea of mounting a pair of specially shaped lenses into a wooden frame to make texts and objects easier to see. This marked the beginning of an industry producing devices to improve people's vision.
At the time, the materials used to make the frames were predominantly wood, leather or horn. Designed like magnifying glasses, these models were mainly used in monasteries for reading religious texts.
Pince-nez were the earliest frames to be manufactured. They were democratised with the invention of printing. Back then, glasses were produced in precious materials such as tortoiseshell or ivory. Wearing glasses was considered a sign of social status, given how expensive they were.
The history of glasses in France began in 1796 in the Jura Mountains, when Pierre-Hyacinthe Casseaux, a farmer and nail manufacturer, started making frames using his nails.
Around 1800, the same technique was adopted by other local families, including the LAMY family, who went on to develop this particular expertise.
Perfecting the frames
The 1900s saw eyewear manufacture expand and new materials being developed. This is when acetate and metal framed glasses first started to appear.
Nowadays, ophthalmic glasses and sunglasses are fashion accessories in their own right. There are more different shapes, colours and materials to choose from than ever before.
The process of making glasses
Making glasses calls upon a variety of different skills, combining creativity and technical knowledge among other expertise.
New frames are produced by the L’Amy Group's product design teams in collaboration with the styling teams attached to various fashion houses, most of which are based in France.
Once the design and colour selection have been approved by the marketing department, the project is handed over to the technical teams whose expertise is required for the manufacture, assembly and finishing of the glasses.
In 2015, 500,000 pairs of glasses were produced at the factory in Morez under the Made in France label, up 40% on the past three years.