As as stylist, an area often overlooked when discussing personal style and strategic styling is eyewear.
But your glasses are a crucial element in expressing your personality and conveying a message to the word about who you are.
A story told by my grandmother is that my mother would walk into stores as a young woman in the 50s and say
“Please, don’t show me anything ordinary”. She may now be in her 70s but that fierce independent style aesthetic and horror of the ordinary, dreary & the drab has not left her.
So when I took her to 20|20 Optical for new spectacles I knew we were in the right place.
Extraordinary is what they do.
In Willy Wonka he says ‘We are the music makers and we are the dreamers of dreams’. In the world of eyewear (as opposed to candy), 20/20 eyewear designers share the same philosophy, says Kevin Dick.
Kevin Dick’s optical concept store 20|20 broke new boundaries when it opened and continues to with its directional and innovative range of designer eyewear.
After attending the incredible THEO eyewear showcase at GoMA I really was intrigued by Kevin’s philosophy and love of eyewear.
So I had a chat with him about 20|20 and his passion for eyewear and expert advice for those choosing new spectacles.
STEELEMYStyle speaks to Kevin Dick of 20|20 Optical.
A fashion-forward optometrist with over 20 years experience who gravitated to the directional high end of the optical market and returned to Brisbane in 2000 with a new concept in eyewear and opened 20|20 Optical.
SMS: The THEO Showcase at GoMA was very Charlie & the Chocolate Factory themed – are you a big fan of the film?
KD: I have always been a fan of Willy Wonka and indeed all the characters of Roald Dahl. As much as I admire Johnny Depp as an actor, I feel nothing compares to Gene Wilder’s performance in the original version of 1971.
Anyone who knows me knows I’m also a big fan of director Wes Anderson. His attention to detail and fresh expression of individuality is a delight. It’s little wonder that he created ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’ (another Roald Dahl book) in such a creative way.
Willy Wonka says ‘We are the music makers and we are the dreamers of dreams’. In the world of eyewear (as opposed to candy), 20/20 eyewear designers share the same philosophy.
It has been my goal since we began in 2000 to share this philosophy, and our Theo Showcase at GOMA was a fun and creative way to spread the word about the innovations in eyewear that can now be at everyone’s finger tips.