Ethnicity Eyewear releases its African Collection
After a year and a half of preparation, we are pleased to announce the Ethnicity Eyewear African collection.
We at Ethnicity have a deep belief that we share more similarities than differences. While we are the same on the inside and share the same hopes and dreams, there are differences in facial shapes, colors, cultural, and ophthalmic needs. These differences should be celebrated, not ignored.
Why is it that while we come in a range of colors, shapes and sizes, that eyewear design is so uniformly the same? Eyewear has been traditionally designed for the “average” in the United States and Europe, for the Caucasian face. Colors, sizes, shapes, temple lengths, and cultural tastes should reflect and celebrate what makes us different, not force us to be the same.
In order to address the needs of different racial and cultural ethnicities we serve, we work with stylists within those communities. The African collection has been styled by Dr. Adam Ramsey, the owner and optometrist at Socialite Vision in Palm Beach Florida and by Anissa Laval, the optician at The Cutting Edge of Eyewear in Berkeley California.
Ethnicity was conceived of by eyewear creator Chris Esposito in 2018 while doing sales in the United States. As an American, who after living in Japan for 25 years he was shocked that while there is such a rich cultural diversity in the US, that was not reflected in the products available. Frustrated by not having properly fitting frames to serve his varied clientele, he began by working with his Asian designers and Ethnicity’s Asian line was released in 2019 and with the help of Adam and Anissa, development of the African line began.
All of our frames are hand made by us in our factory in Sanjo, Japan out of Japanese and Italian acetate and beta titanium.
Come celebrate what makes you unique with us.