Brooklyn can do, Dolce & Gabbana and Grado Labs

It is hard to believe that some of the world’s finest inventions were conceived in the unlikeliest of places. Take the highest quality headphones in the world, for example, which had its production roots on a kitchen table in Brooklyn in 1953. Yet, this is how Audio Hall of Fame inductee, Jonathan Grado, began his career producing the highest quality phono cartridges in the world.

Grado, once a Tiffany & Co. watch-maker by trade, opened his factory in 1955 in the hipster haven of Brooklyn before the borough was considered a “cool” place. Setting up shop in the space that was once used by his father for their family grocery business, Grado began dedicating all his time into creating phono cartridges, in his workshop, Grado Laboratories, in which production is still housed to this day.

Today, Grado Laboratories is known for elevating audio performance of headphones to a level that is unrivalled even by the biggest of names. Add to that the fact that Grado headphones are all hand-made with the finest materials, both mechanically and aesthetically. This is perhaps one of the many reasons why Dolce & Gabbana, a trailblazer in its own right, chose to partner with Grado to develop a line of special edition headphones. The Dolce & Gabbana headphones is based on the highly popular Grado Reference Series, known for its clean sound reproduction thanks to its open-back technology. These headphones are meticulously handcrafted with the finest mahogany wood, ensuring the acoustics of the sounds flowing out is of the purest quality.

In a day and age where the lines between fashion and music are easily blurred, it was only a matter of time that a fashion powerhouse teamed up with an audio juggernaut to manifest this relationship into something tangible. Thankfully, the partnership between Dolce & Gabbana and Grado Laboraties is one that perpetuates cutting edge design and unparalleled sound quality, making the headphones a must-have accessory for true audiophiles.

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