Tokei Kougei Shimbun: Japanese blog specialized in optics, clocks and watches.
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The Tokei Kougei Shimbun newspaper published a page about the iOFT optical trade show in Tokyo.
On a significant portion of this dedicated page, they feature Satoshi and the Lafont x Maison Sekimoto collaboration, showcasing the “Ouvrage” model in celebration of Maison Lafont’s centenary.
Translation of the article:
Presentation at IOFT by Satoshi Sekimoto, Meilleur Ouvrier de France in Haute Couture Embroidery
The “OUVRAGE” model by Lafont, which was awarded this year with the special SILMOD’OR jury prize, often referred to as the “Oscars of the eyewear industry,” is a pair of sunglasses adorned with embroidery. It is the result of a collaboration between Satoshi Sekimoto, the MOF (Meilleur Ouvrier de France) award winner in Haute Couture embroidery, and the artistic director of Lafont.
Mr. Sekimoto conducted an embroidery demonstration at the Iwaki Megane booth, the importer of Lafont, at the IOFT trade show. He shared his joy at the announcement of the award.
“It was unexpected that I would receive this award during the ceremony, so when my name was called at the last minute, I was genuinely surprised. My collaboration with Lafont began after they admired my work in collaboration with an eyewear artisan during the previous SILMO edition. One of the major challenges was making the embroidery visible from the concealed side of the glasses. They wanted a spring-like finish with a gradient toward pink, so I worked with that idea in mind,” said Mr. Sekimoto. He is originally from Hiroshima Prefecture. At the age of 22, he traveled to France and studied at the prestigious Maison Lesage school. Since then, he has pursued an independent career as a craftsman, collaborating with renowned haute couture houses, including Chanel.
Mr. Satoshi Sekimoto during a live demonstration. On the right, the frame embroidered by Mr. Sekimoto.