The fact that designing in millimeters can have such a profound impact on a person's face and way they feel about themselves is truly remarkable and exciting at the same time.
It’s not surprising that I ended up here though. I grew up in a progressive and design-oriented family, in Istanbul. With an architect father and a mother working in leather goods, my childhood years were filled with an awareness for color, texture & harmonious proportions.
During my time at F.I.T. in New York I learned how to take a concept and turn it into a collection. I was fortunate to intern with John Galliano and Anna Sui. I then spent a year in Polimoda, Italy, and a semester in Esmod, France. I developed a deep love for both cultures and design aesthetics. After graduating, I designed menswear over the next 10 years for
Boss Black, Boss Orange, Givenchy Grey, and Antonio Azzuolo in NYC.
Eventually, I made my way into eyewear. It seems unusual at first glance, but I have always been fascinated by the materials and degree of detail you can achieve. And now, the more I design for the eyewear industry, the more I see a vast world of possibilities that, as designers, we can continue to explore - not to mention all the new technologies available to help us craft beautiful and functional pieces that become a part of someone’s identity. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of seeing someone’s expression change as they try a pair of glasses that fit them perfectly. Watching their confidence grow as they see themselves in a new light is one of the most rewarding feelings in my work.