How would you describe your style?
Our style is natural, eco-conscious, rugged and earthy. Above all, Benjees is for the explorer in all of us who chooses to take a road not traveled. Benjees was founded by Aussies now based in West Hollywood, CA.
Are there any artists / designers that you particularly look up to?
I'm inspired by innovative visionaries like Thomas Edison and Elon Musk.
What do you feel makes your work unique and truly your own?
'Benjee' is the name of our border collie, who is the four-legged CEO of Benjees Eyewear. He's also from Australia, like the brand's founders (along with me and my wife). Starting off as an optometrist in Sydney, I've been in the eyewear industry for 15 years now, and Benjees is the first sustainable wooden eyewear brand in the US started by an eye doctor. So we're pretty unique in that regard. Also, no two pieces of bamboo and wood are ever identical, so each pair of Benjees handmade sunglasses are truly one-of-a-kind. And our bamboo range of eyewear is so light that they float on water.
What sort of things inspire you? Where do you look for inspiration?
Being in and around nature inspires us. We're lucky to have the ocean, forests, mountains and snowfields all around us here in California!
Where can we learn more about you? www.benjeeseyewear.com