Our story begins over half a century ago at the end of World War 2 in the heart of Emilia Romagna. Divel Italia started life as a manufacturer of sun lenses, making use of the region’s natural gas deposits to melt glass.
By 1960, we had begun to export our products and soon established ourselves as a lead player in sunglasses manufacturing in Europe.
This offered a revolutionary alternative to the original glass lenses which were brittle, easily scratched and difficult to fabricate.
Following radical restructuring of the company, an ophthalmic lens department and marketing sector were created to sit alongside the original sunglasses department. Since then, all products have been sold under the Divel Italia brand.
We moved our headquarters to Calderara di Reno, where they remain today.
A new production line of CR39 solar lenses began in the city of Ravenna.
We currently have seven workshops across Italy; Turin, Bologna, Rome, Ascoli, Naples, Bari and Palermo.
Our first lens production laboratory launched in Milan and in the same year, we acquired a major stake in a second workshop in Lucca.
Our first foreign office, Divel Albania, launched to handle the production and marketing of our lenses in the Balkan markets.
2012 marked a key turning point for the Divel Italia brand. Our first lens entirely developed and produced in our Research and Development laboratories was born. We introduced the world to our Progressive Aurora lens.
Divel Shanghai launched in 2013, our first production site in the Far East, which distributed our lenses globally.
Divel Creation, a laboratory that brings together our wealth of knowledge, innovative materials and unique designs, is launched.
Our headquarters across the Alps is born; Divel France.
The Divel Italia Tattoo lens is nominated at the revered Silmo D’Or, an awards ceremony dedicated to creativity and innovation in the eyewear and optics industry.
Our groundbreaking Progressive Aurora 4D lens launched in 2017; an evolution of the original Progressive Aurora lens. Our most advanced lens yet, it launched with a significant advertising campaign alongside the newly created Blue Natural lens.