New Orleans-Inspired: KREWE du Optic Eyewear

We chat with founder Stirling Barrett about how his hometown pride fuels his entire endeavor

Part entrepreneurial endeavor, part love letter to his hometown, Stirling Barrett’s KREWE du Optic was founded three years ago in New Orleans, after Barrett’s time away from home for art school refueled his love of the city’s uniqueness. He tells CH, “I saw an opportunity to reshape the way people viewed New Orleans’ creative culture and what could be done from a city that isn’t …

Carla Colour Eyewear

An artsy new unisex line by self-taught designer Carla Robertson

Brisbane-raised and Brooklyn-based Carla Robertson had been working as a television producer for about 15 years until a few major life events put everything into focus. “I’ve always dreamed about doing a line of eyewear—and then I got pregnant with twins and I was like, ‘This is my chance to do something different,’” she tells CH. Robertson drew up a sketch of a pair of …

Affordable Frames from Seneca Eyewear

Unisex styles, including sunglasses with Carl Zeiss lens, starting at $100

While Warby Parker has been the indisputable leader of the affordable designer eyewear movement, a new wave of like-minded brands (David Kind, for example) have quickly caught on—resulting in even more choices for the discerning but economical customer. Seneca Eyewear, which launched this past summer, is one that’s offering quality unisex frames, including sunglasses with Carl Zeiss Vision lens—which can normally retail for $300 to …