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Me and my glasses

A passion for eyewear and the rise of sustainable frames

The founder of David Green Eyewear tells OT  about experimenting with natural materials to produce sustainable frames

David Green

How many pairs of spectacles and sunglasses do you own? 

At least four at any given time.

Do you have a favourite pair?

I have different favourites for different occasions. I love round for relaxing over weekends and then square shapes for Monday mornings and business. Slate colour is great for relaxed, yet confident, and wild coloured leaves for intrigue and social interaction.

Who would you pick as your style icon and why? 

The Italian car design company, Pininfarina. I love it when engineering meets heart and art. Pininfarina designs have such style without being aggressive and intrusive.

How long have you worn spectacles for, and what prompted you to go for your first eye test? 

I have worn them since I was five years old. I was getting headaches and this was quickly solved by wearing glasses.

Can you describe your first pair of spectacles? 

I cannot remember the very first pair, but I have kept several that I wore for many years that have beautiful hand-crafted features and a patina from wear and old age.

"Frames express the best version of themselves through a design signal that reflects who they are or what they believe in"

What eyewear trends are exciting you at the moment?

Consumer preferences are shifting from mass to craft. Individualism is all-important as well. People want an update of themselves. In doing so, frames express the best version of themselves through a design signal that reflects who they are or what they believe in.

Is sustainable eyewear on the rise, and why? 

Yes. The story and credentials behind products are now almost as important as the physical products itself. Consumers are also acutely aware of metals or paints that could be harmful or undesirable in any way.

How does David Green Eyewear innovate with natural materials?

We consistently experiment with materials of natural origin with the intent of delivering our clear purpose in life which is ‘bringing nature to the cities of the world.’ The natural materials used tend to result in comfort for the wearer. Natural materials are also unique aesthetically and lend into our craftsmanship and unique appearance.

Can you tell me a bit about the process of developing frames with real leaves?

Working with nature demands great patience, fine tolerance and special care. Each and every piece of nature that we use like a real leaf or reed is individually checked by hand for any impurities prior to being used in our product. It often takes up to 40 fallen and naturally dyed leaves to produce one David Green frame.

What are your three top tips for helping someone pick a new pair of spectacles?

  1. Comfort to the wearer is a passport factor before going any further
  2. A perfect frame colour for you is actually more impressionable than a particular frame shape
  3. Feeling good is as important as looking good – know the brand story behind what frame you are choosing.