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The Story of Optical Metalcraft

It was in the Barcelona of 1946 when Alberto Marcet i Balletbó and Rafael Carbó, enthusiastic entrepreneurs and expert metalworkers in the famous Olivetti factory, founded Optical Metalcraft. Inspired by the first Hollywood films, they used their knowledge in mechanics to start an almost unknown business in the country: the manufacture of sunglasses with metal frames. In a historical context where it was impossible to import technology and knowledge, their ingenuity and passion were the main engine to start the brand. The first prototypes were manufactured in a completely handmade way with rudimentary tools, using the scraps discarded by the manufacturer of screens for Vespa and the surplus wires of the keys of the Olivetti machines.

In a context of autarky, he developed all the necessary technology to be able to produce in large quantities and grow the business. His designs were so successful that he quickly became the leader in the Spanish manufacturing market, with a commercial portfolio that included more than 3000 customers, including the most prestigious optical chains. After a parenthesis of more than 30 years, the brand is relaunched in 2017 by Alberto’s grandson, Albert Marcet i Olmo, under the name of Metalcraft. Paying homage to the classic lines that car-acterizaron the brand, Metalcraft returns with a historical heritage and the renewed illusion to offer again sunglasses of the highest quality, taken care of even the smallest detail.

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