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etnia Barcelona

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The story

Etnia Barcelona is an independent brand of eyewear whose collection focuses on color, design, comfort, value and quality. What differentiates this brand from others is the acetate colors and textures that they have created. These colors and textures are incorporated to produce Etnia eyewear, developed in Barcelona by the Etnia design department and produced by Mazzucchelli SPA in Italy. This Etnia acetate is produced by mixing pulverized cotton and acetone to create a paste, color is added using various pressing processes, then cured, cut and laminated, then set in molds where they are pressed into block form and aged for a period of 12 weeks. When these blocks are removed from the molds they are cut to the desired measurement. From these acetate sheets they make the plastic frame fronts and temples. (Acetate is the only plastic that is not petroleum based as it is mostly cotton) When Etnia started ten years ago they had a desire to win over the world with their designs, a commitment to quality, a desire to delight our customers, and to continue improve and innovate the perfect eyewear collection Etnia Barcelona.

“We want to do what we like, say what we like, talk of important things, move away from success and beauty, talk seriously about what is out there, revive long-lost values like freedom. We are free, we denounce everything that makes the world worse, we exalt what makes it great, we grab onto life, we turn it around, we look at it shamelessly and we make it a work of art, we are artists of our own lives, we bestow it with the dance it asks of us. Starting now we are not resigned to reality because that attitude is already part of the past.” — from the etnia ‘manifesto’