STEPPER EYEWEAR is the brand in the world of optics that has achieved its merits by its dedication to the creation of outstanding glasses and to the close professional relationship with opticians.
In 1970, Stepper was founded in Germany as a joint venture between an expert in plastic moulding technology and Hans Stepper a graduated optician.
Hans Stepper was born in December 1935. His father was an optician with a small shop in Stuttgart, Germany. He became an apprentice as a dispensing optician. During this time he showed a keen interest and passion for design and craftsmanship with optical frames. In 1958 he was invited to design and craft bespoke spectacles in Helsinki, Finland.
In 1961 he returned to Germany and successfully completed his professional training with a final graduation as Master Optician. His mission – instead of following his father’s recommendation – was to manufacture plastic frames by injection moulding and not using the traditional method of cutting from Acetate sheets.
His unique frames were ahead of the times. They were sculptured around the face rather than showing the conventional flat appearance. However plastic frames were not enough to satisfy the
global market – metal was the trend from 1993 onwards.
After merging with ARTS he looked for alternatives to the old-fashioned focus on plastics. He was sure and became determined that Stepper could be more than a material orientated brand.
The most important thing was to use all the technology and material available to diversify the collection with combinations of Grilamide (TX5)/ Titanium, full Titanium, and – most successful – rimless Beta-Titanium models.
We are proud to stock a wide range of Stepper Eyewear products and will discuss any custom requirements in store, just book an appointment to come and see us.