Now the sun is finally here and looks like it’s here to stay we decided to catch up with the creative talent behind some of our favourite eyewear designs on the B Sunglasses site.
The Interview: Meet Richard Walker, head of Design at luxury eyewear brand Fabris Lane.
Established over 40 years ago, eyewear giants Fabris Lane are renowned for their creativity, service and expertise. Each frame within their Sun and Optical collections, including Freedom Polarised, Hook LDN, M:UK, Monkey Monkey and Suuna is designed with love offering luxurious style, quality and attention to detail with a price tag that won’t break the bank. What more can you ask for!?!
Tell us a little about yourself and your role at Fabris Lane…
I started working at Fabris Lane 9 years ago as a junior designer and have progressed over the years to become Head of Design. Over the last 9 years I have had the opportunity to design shapes in all eyewear categories. I find sports frame the most fun to design as the fit and comfort is even more important than your conventional every day frame.
Did you always want to be involved in design?
As a boy I wanted to be an architect until I learnt that it would take years to get anywhere close to being involved in the shape of a building, instead I decided to focus my attention on designing smaller things that I could have more fun with.
Where did your passion for design come from?
I like the way that a well-designed product can lift something normal to something special for some people. It might be the way it looks or the way works better than others. As sunglasses are so personal this makes it a really great challenge to try and make new shapes that do this.
What/who are your design inspirations for your current collections?
We look at our customers for inspiration, for our Freedom Polarised collection we understand that Freedom customers value well-made and comfortable sunglasses with added performance.
What do you enjoy most about working as an eyewear designer?
There is always something new to learn. The amount of thought and energy in the industry is amazing.
What is your highlight of your career so far?
Designing Oliver Goldsmith shapes.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I enjoy watching TV and spending time with friends and family.
Out of the many pairs of sunglasses and optical frames that you have designed which is your favourite pair and why?
My favourite pair of sunglasses is a wayfarer shape, made from nylon lens material. When the frame, lens and temple are all made from the same material you can get amazing colours and as it’s a lens material you also get a great field of vision.