El Chupa Cabra

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In my collection is an original pair and... a recent pair. About 2 years ago, Del Vecchio - Lux CEO, wanted a pair of OTT's. We pulled out the original mold and were able to get about 50 pairs out of it. I was lucky enough to get one and had a custom paint job done by one of our awesome paint crew, former Fender guy. I wanted mine to look like aged copper. We didn't have any pads, but someone was working on that and they may have eventually gotten some after I left.

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El Chupa Cabra

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So........ two years ago they un-mothballed a mold to a discontinued pair just to make some for the CEO? Depending on answer, I may dislike Lux even more.
Believe it or not... the founder liked all the crazy stuff that Oakley did. Oakley not continuing that trend, X-Metal included, was really an Oakley decision.
 

El Chupa Cabra

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As manufacturing costs increased, we under pressure to be more profitable. The amazing engineers in manufacturing came up with the 5-minute line. From plastic pellet to in the box ready to ship in 5 mins, actually 6 but the goal was to get to 5. You now had a max of three people working this line, from what was 15-20 in the past. Those machines are perfect for Holbrooks and Frogskins. Not much else in my opinion and the design team is creating product to be made in those machines. There's one line now that is fully automated, no hands touch the eyewear at all. The X-metal plant became costly and the process was dangerous and toxic. There is no leader within the organization now that is design driven.
 

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