Alpina was founded in 1980 as a subsidiary of the Uvex Group in Derching near Munich. Developed in 1983, the Alpina Ski and Surf Shield Glasses (from 1986 Swing) was the best-selling Alpina multifunction sports glasses in the world. Another highlight was the introduction of a highly technical metal sunglasses "handmade in Germany" in 1982/1983- the legendary Alpina M1 - with great success especially in the US market. Experts and glasses lover appreciate the outstanding quality and the perfect mix of sporty and chic.