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Interview with Tobias Bergmann, Founder of R.T.CO

December 7, 2016

R.T.CO was founded in 2010 by Tobias Bergmann in Berlin. Their origins came from a DIY skateboard background and this is
what defines & inspires the brand today, however they also felt the need to create a product of supreme quality & design.

R.T.CO frames are cut from acetate blocks, which is the traditional way of producing glasses. The plastic acetate consists of 90% natural cotton, making it light weight yet durable and flexible. All components of R.T.CO sunglasses are produced and assembled in Italy.

1) How did you get into designing eyewear?

I would say I was always interested in fashion, I saw some sunglasses in a magazine that I really liked and wanted for myself.
But I could not find them in a shop.
At the time I was working in a graphic agency and was a bit bored with my job.
So I began trying to find a production site for sunglasses that would allow me to realize something of my own vision.
Once I found the production site, I fell in love with the possibilities and knew it was something that I wanted to pursue more.

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2) What is the process when you design a collection?

Usually I have 1 or 2 images that I really like and then it starts from there, trying to build a collection around it. I have a folder on my computer for random images and 1 for frames.

3) How and where do you source from? 

I travel to northern Italy about 3 times a year to source material, talk about the production process etc.

4) If you could use 3 words to describe your brand, what would they be? 

Fun, spontaneous, quality.

5) What was the inspiration behind the shapes and styles of the designs?

I probably get a lot of inspiration just from friends & whatever they would post on Instagram. It feels like a lot of 90’s influence mixed with a bit of 70’s and sportswear style these days.

6) Tell me more about what makes you passionate about eyewear?

Quite basically I really like colours, whenever I visit Mazzucchelli in Italy, I am very inspired by the colours and what emotions they trigger. To me sunglasses have a power to stand for themselves in a way, like an object of art.
Living in Berlin, there are also not that many days where you really need them.
I like this superfluous quality, it makes them even more of an art piece to me.

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7) Which is your favourite pair of glasses and why? 

My favourite right now is model Tern in colour Chartreuse. I like that they are so slim and the green acetate has a subtle sparkling effect. Also, Acne has released a model called Cat Eye, they are awesome.

8) How do you see the future of eyewear? 

From what i heard people will still be having 2 eyes..

But to be serious, i think it is shifting a bit more towards metal frames now. The consumer is much more informed today, which means people know they do not need to pay 400€ for good quality frames if they don’t want to.
If they choose to do so, it becomes more of a conscious decision.

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