Less than a year after its creation, Thélios has opened the Manifattura Thélios —a center for the design and production of its eyewear brands—in Longarone, Italy.
Launched in 2017, Thélios is a joint venture combining LVMH (Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE) and Marcolin’s expertise. The company employs 245 people from all over the world, with 100 of them at its Manifattura.
Filled with cutting-edge technologies, the Manifattura Thélios will house all segments of eyewear creation, from the initial creative brief to the 3D design, prototyping, and final production.
The building was officially opened by Toni Belloni, group managing director of the LVMH group, Jean Baptiste Voisin, chief strategy officer of the LVMH group, and Giovanni Zoppas, CEO of Thélios. The city, Longarone, is already home to production facilities and headquarters of several high-end eyewear companies.
“With the Manifattura Thélios, we aim to anticipate the future while showcasing our long-standing expertise. This project combines our taste for top quality products with our respect for a cultural heritage essential to the region.” says Zoppas.
“Italy is a strategic country for the LVMH group. The Manifattura Thélios is proof of the high investment the Group has in favor of Italian economic heritage and its development.” adds Belloni.
The Manifattura is designed with corten, a type of weathering steel, and bay windows to offer an innovative workspace, the company notes. The building is also environmentally responsible, featuring more than 2,300 solar panels installed on the roof.
Pictured: Toni Belloni, left, and Giovanni Zoppas