Eyewear company pays homage to the African, Caribbean, and Latin diaspora
, 2022-05-26 04:00:00,
Nancy Harris and Tracy Green are here to help you see…and look good in the process.
The co-founders of an African American owned eyewear company, Vontelle, LLC, want to address the lack of available options for eyeglass frames for anyone who isn’t white.
These two Black women have entered the luxury eyewear space. Why? A necessity that the major companies miss through their assumption of universality of all people in shapes and in size.
That includes the shape of the face.
“This whole thing started because we lost our glasses within months of each other,” said Green. “And I said to Nancy, I’m just taking glasses that look the same and they hurt. And you know, glasses are not made for us, right? They’re not made by African Americans and Hispanics. But we realized once we got into the market, and we’re going into our third year down, two years online.
“In our third year with the concept, [we realized] that it’s not just for African Americans and Hispanics,” Green said. “We have Japanese, we have Indians, we have anyone who has different proportions of their face, right? Some people have rounder faces, larger, those [with] smaller bridges. All glasses don’t fit everyone so you’re having a hard time finding glasses that fit.”
Some of those designs you can find on their website, vontelle.com.
Their eyewear attracted some well-known entities when they partnered with ViacomCBS to design Nickelodeon-themed eyewear.
“When I initially applied [for the initiative], we were in need of funding for our Nickelodeon children’s line,” explained Harris. “We received a licensing agreement in June of 2021, which is fabulous, so that that licensing deal allows us to start a children’s line. And with that children’s line, we realized that…
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