I find it remarkable that designing in millimeters can have such a profound impact on people. The smallest variation will change how some feels about themselves when they look in the mirror.
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 apparel and accessories, my childhood was filled with an awareness for color, texture and 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. During this time, I developed a deep love of how culture and design are deeply connected and always move in tandem. 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 was surprising to me that I could so fascinated by it. I think I was intrigued by the materials and degree of detail not really ever thought of in the fashion industry.
As my career has grown, now, all I can see is a vast world of possibilities. New materials, technological integration, and evolving production methods are changing this industry rapidly. This trend will only continue to grow exponentially as time passes. It's an exciting time to be in eyewear!
But let's not forget the emotional connection either. 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 way is one of the most rewarding feelings of what I do.