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Seven Creative Questions for Hong Kong-LA Designer Philippe Vergez

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Eyewear design requires talent and skills. Shapes, colours and textures are meant to highlight a person’s unique features and style.

Philippe Vergez is considered a master of the form. Called “the Manolo Blahnik of eyewear,” Philippe’s designs have adorned numerous celebrity faces and protected many famous and beautiful eyes.

Fortunately for all of us, Philippe has designed a new line of luxury accessories, including stunning eyewear, under his PHILIPPE V banner.

We’re proud to call Philippe our friend. Not only is he super-talented, but he sees the world through different lenses – and we’re all better for it.

If you’d like to see more of his sensational styles or wish to learn more about him, don’t hesitate to check out his NewsWhistle Q&A.

In the meantime, here are our Seven Creative Questions for the acclaimed designer.

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NAME: Philippe Vergez (pictured above)

AGE (if you want to give it up): Old enough to be rich in experiences and memories, young enough to keep it rocking and live life at its fullest.

COMPANY: Philippe V

HOMETOWN: Hong Kong – Los Angeles

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PLEASE DESCRIBE YOUR LINE OF PRODUCTS: In a world of fashion globalisation, Philippe V is a meaningful brand bringing people together behind a common belief in strong individualism,yet in a subtle, tasteful and high-quality package and, positioned at a value-for-money price point.

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PLEASE DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE:

My style reflects authentic Anarchist values. A direct reflection of the rock’n’roll attitude buried deep inside me which is a refusal to be tamed, a desire to live an unconformed life and a thirst for freedom.

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Women’s No. 5

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1. How long have you been a professional designer? And what is your earliest design memory?

I’ve been a professional designer for over 15 years. I had a surgery when I was five and I remember my dad offering me a Meccano. I instantly became addicted to it and started making all kind of things. Subsequently, as I was growing up, I kept making the things I needed, mostly because I could not afford them. These included skateboards, surfboards, jewelry and also customizing my tee-shirts and jeans than my mom helped me stitch.

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2. What has been the best design trend in the last five to ten years? And what has been the worst?

The best has probably been the influence of the underground and the underrated revival of punk-rock (which was unfortunately hijacked by some fashion houses). The worst, with no doubt, is that hipster movement.

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3. What’s the best piece of business advice you’ve heard? And do you follow it?

Follow your dreams, trust yourself, listen to your inner-voice and pay close attention to what your guts tell you. While I did as much of that as I could and as often as I could, the responsibilities and pressure of life got in the way at some point and I had to postpone my personal projects – until I realized I was slowly dying (figuratively). As such, I had to take some tough decisions to reach the level of freedom that allowed me to be myself, once more.

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Craftsmanship: The DonSILVER Ring

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4. What is your favorite place to shop, anywhere in the world, and why?

The Vault in Laguna Beach. It is and has always been my favorite store in the whole world.

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5. What music, movie, book or magazine gets you ready to sketch or brainstorm?

I find that down-tempo rock with gut wrenching melodies provoke the most intense brain activity. Jack Kerouac, Hunter S Thompson, Baudelaire, Arthur Rimbaud also excite my cortex. And despite the fact that I will stop wearing black when a darker color become available (LOL), nature’s own colors, in particular the shades of the sky at dawn provoke deep creative emotions. Must be the surfer in me talking…

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 6. What is the question a person should never ask you, and how would you answer?

Any question about my personal life… Please and sincerely, go fuck yourself!

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7. If you can have one photographer shoot an advertising campaign for you, who would that be and why?

Something in the vein of what we’ve just done for our first campaign (see below). Honestly, the name doesn’t really matter. What matters is the photographer’s ability to understand our essence and message and capture it so that reflects a brand that has a strong purpose, portrays a sense of belonging and resonates across a spectrum of generations. And as we do not often use models, the photographer needs to be strong in dealing with real people and extracting their inner-selves during a shoot.

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From PHILIPPE V’s First Ad Campaign

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All images courtesy of Philippe Vergez and Phillipe V