STATE Optical Co. Acquires AO Eyewear

Two American-Made Eyewear Brands Join Forces   STATE Optical Co. is excited to announce the acquisition of American Optical Eyewear. As an eyewear brand dedicated to reinvigorating American eyewear craftsmanship and manufacturing, STATE has been creating luxury acetate eyewear since 2014 and has long looked up to American Optical, the oldest optical company in America. […]

Inspired by Chicago – the Making of the Edgewater Collection

It’s said that Chicago is a city of neighborhoods, each with a distinct personality. When you explore the city, each neighborhood leaves a different imprint on you. As a recent transplant to Chicago, when creative director, Nico Roseillier, stumbled upon Edgewater, right along Lake Michigan, he was smacked in the face with inspiration. You may […]

In Conversation with Liz Dozier

Liz Dozier

Just saying the word Chicago has the power to evoke powerful imagery. Depending on your neighborhood, that imagery can vary radically. This is what Liz Dozier is working to change. As a principal credited with turning around one of the city’s most violent schools and now as an activist working to improve conditions in not […]

Do Lollapalooza Right

  Our co-founder, Scott Shapiro, keeps a pretty busy schedule, to put it midly, but there are two times a year when you know exactly where he’ll be – the Cubs’ home opener and Lollapalooza. On the eve of Chicago’s biggest event of the summer, we gathered some pro tips for getting through the festival […]

Our Favorite Shades

Today marks National Sunglasses Day but we believe every day is Sunglass Day. Never leave home without them. Much like with children, it’s challenging and perhaps unfair to choose one favorite pair of sunglasses. But who are we kidding, we all have (or should have) one pair of shades that makes us feel glamorous, one […]

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