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KREWE du Optic “lets the good times roll” with bold, spirited styles influenced by The Crescent City.

There is a distinct energy, flavor and mystique about New Orleans. In 2013, Stirling Barrett, a native of The Big Easy, infused that flair into his eyewear collection, KREWE. Barrett shows off his creations in his original shop in the French Quarter as well as locations in NYC and Dallas in addition to selling to the trade.

The KREWE collection of ophthalmics and sunwear is produced from plant-based acetates combined with durable, premium metals supplied by independent, small suppliers from around the world, according to a company spokesperson. No two frames are the same. Final inspection and packaging take place in New Orleans, so the final product is truly a global, handcrafted one.

The St Louis embodies the KREWE theme. The architectural design bold bridge is inspired by the iconic cast-iron balconies found in the French Quarter, with a rounded silhouette that works well on most face shapes. The sun version of the St Louis comes with 24-carat gold-plated hardware and a polarized sun lens for additional visual comfort. MSY is named after the call letters for the New Orleans airport. This aviator-inspired model has been crafted from premium titanium and thoughtfully designed for optimal fit. MSY offers titanium nosepads and grooved temples.

KREWE has an extensive sun collection that comprises a variety of complementary tinted or mirror lenses; each piece stands out with its own unique personality. Octavia sunwear is an oversized silhouette with a unique metal inlay. This selection reimagines the uptown street’s late 20th century architecture and shows off a New Orleans vibe with its bold shape and harmonized colors. Toulouse expresses the eccentric style of the French Quarter. Flat lenses, two-tone construction, and a rounded vintage-inspired shape evoke a soulful, offbeat vibe.

KREWE du Optic frames carry a lifetime warranty. A 100-point inspection system is used when assembling each pair—these styles are built to last and allow the wearer to, as the folks of New Orleans say, “laissez du bon temps roulez” (let the good times roll).

Jill J. Luebbert, CPOT, ABOC, is a certified paraoptometric and optician practicing in northeastern Nebraska.

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