The founder of Vinylize- why we exist – Vinylize Eyewear
Be passionate about solving the problem, not proving your solution.” ~Nathan Furr

Our story begins with a man who has always pursued perfection by "creating different".

Milaskey Tipton Zachary was born in Sun Valley, Idaho of Scottish and Hungarian roots. His middle name, which stands for his company today, is originally a Scottish name.

While studying economics and accounting in Seattle his vision began deteriorating. A prescription for glasses in 1998 required him to wear corrective lenses, but he couldn’t find a frame that would suit his desires. 

 

Possessing a background in carpentry and handicrafts, he decided to create his own. The quest began with rimless frames and evolved into experimentation with different plastics.  Acrylic sheet, polycarbonate and other industrial plastics were all tested.

The project grew in scope and material options became fewer. In an act of desperation to find a suitable material, he noticed his fathers old vinyl record collection in the corner of the garage workshop and realised that 3 frames could be made from one vinyl record. In a eureka moment a legend was born. The name Vinylize wasn't coined until a few years later.

The material opened new horizons and required the development of manufacturing technology. The first prototypes were fully homemade and were soon followed by others. In 2001 manufacturing moved to Esztergom, Hungary where Zack teamed up with an old Socialist factory to develop production for the collection. For 3 years until 2004, technology was developed to make the frames optician friendly. We can now boast that our vinyl frames can be fitted with any prescription by any optician.

 
Zack experimented with shapes, structures and fine details. Over the years many collections were realised, some made with coloured vinyl and others combined metal parts,  but black vinyl ruled them all.


The balanced, elegant lines of the recent collections are a result of patience, vocation, numerous experiments with material, production techniques and most importantly professional craftsmanship.