DERAPAGE: Driving Eyewear Forward

Inspiration for eyewear comes from many different places. For Italy-based brand DERAPAGE Eyewear, that inspiration comes from the automobile world – and the drive to always be the best.

Founded in 1988 on the premise of workmanship, technology and performance (dérapage is a French term that describes a rapid way of negotiating a bend for a racing car or motorbike), the company was started by Giovanni Vitaloni, an entrepreneur who had enjoyed years of success in the automobile accessories market. Wanting to expand his offerings into a more fashion-focused environment, Vitaloni created DERAPAGE with a focus on quality eyewear through sophisticated engineering.

Dérapage - Tornado ST 14
Dérapage – Tornado ST 14
Dérapage - Tornado ST 4
Dérapage – Tornado ST 4

The focus is on the materials used, and the construction of each pair of glasses. This is no surprise when looking at the construction of the frames, made from a combination of metal and acetate. The company’s “Tornado” frames (seen above), feature a multi-layer frame consisting of three sheets of surgical steel, chemically etched for precision, and constructed using a unique riveting system to avoid any solder points. The automobile influence runs throughout the design, with sleek surfaces and the arms and face inspired by car grilles.

The new single layer, multi-color “TEC” series (seen below), is even lighter and more discreet than the original “Tornado,” which had a much more industrial feel. Made from stainless steel, the “TEC” collection features a super slim profile and sportier aesthetic, with bold color combinations. A mix of style and substance, DERAPAGE’s glasses are lightweight, yet strong enough that they’re practically indestructible.

Dérapage - Tornado TEC 11
Dérapage – Tornado TEC 11

The company’s “MoleCube” frame (seen below) features a patented hinge, formed from three strips of steel held together by a square pivot which vanishes into the temple structure. Designed for comfort, the arms rest easily on the sides of the face, while the nose pads allow the frames to sit in place. Like the “TEC” frames, a rimless design keeps the look modern, making a clear statement without overwhelming the wearer.

Aside from its unique design aesthetics, DERAPAGE also employs an admirable eco policy: no carbon emissions are released in the manufacturing process; any acids used for chemical etching are recycled and reused; and the frames are 100% recyclable. It seems that while the company’s roots lie in cars and racing, they’ve also taken the time to slow down and think about the environment as well.

With a strong link to the past, technological innovation for today, and a conscience to protect the future, DERAPAGE is on track to make a big move in the eyewear arena. We recently got a chance to preview their latest collection in Toronto from DERAPAGE’s Canadian distributor Georges et Phina and we have to admit, we’re on board (no car pun intended). We can’t wait to see where this company goes next!