Peoples from Barbados: the captivating Bajan way

Jalicia Nightengale wears PFB A vision of sun-drenched island vistas and fabulous colours, Peoples from Barbados eyewear by Alicia Hartman returns to inspire uplifting reflections for the future with new photography by Jaryd Niles-Morris, and Barbadian model Jalicia Nightengale. Accompanying the imagery, and for the first time, the brand is publishing poetic words dedicated to […]

Peoples from Barbados: Bajan Soul

NYC events, new stockists in Miami and a special tour of Jamaica. Just a few of the things that optician/designer Alicia Hartman has been busy with since we last caught up with her in April. And with that has come some glamorous new eyewear styles, as well as plenty of colourful sunnies. We first met […]

PFB 03 Peoples from Barbados: new colour

Narrow golden temples and a brightly patterned front in acetate: the new PFB label from Barbados has a colourful entry for all occasions in model PFB 03, now in a hot pink/red (colour C2). The design is one of several in this chic collection designed to embody the Bajan spirit: warmth and individuality in a […]

Peoples from Barbados – PFB 03

Distinctive, fresh colour pairings, delightful shapes and an underlying joie de vivre in a fresh sunwear concept that celebrates Barbados and its people: PFB (“Peoples from Barbados”) is the work of optician and owner of EYE Q, Alicia Hartman. The collection, produced with sunglasses designer Eric Jean, is made in Japan, and demonstrates beautiful, functional […]

The Friday edit: a piece of paradise (PFB)

Peoples from Barbados: sunglasses + glasses for beach, city or paradise holiday The sea, the sun, and the sand….Peoples from Barbados is the first independent Caribbean eyewear label with a colour palette inspired by the natural elements of the beautiful island, the culture and the daily life. Hartman’s joie de vivre and love for her […]

#LFWM: PFB + Far From Lost

The Barbados brand by Alicia Hartman, Peoples from Barbados joined sustainably sourced leather accessories label Far From Lost this weekend for a London Fashion Week event at the prestigious Sanderson hotel. The evening was co-hosted by Geoff K. Cooper and Chimere Cisse. Above: dinner guests / London Fashion Week Men’s (#LFWM). Peoples from Barbados, created […]

Summer spirit: PFB by Alicia Hartman

Sea views. Sundowners. Sugar and Spice. Peoples from Barbados (PFB) sunglasses collection by optical entrepreneur Alicia Hartman condenses the moods and colours of their Bajan origin in flattering UV protective sunglasses. Alicia’s love of the island’s culture, the natural landscape, spectacular views and everyday customs and lifestyle are the essence of her designs, which now […]

EYE Q Stylist Optician, Barbados

Alicia Hartman opened Eye Q in 2011 at the luxury location Limegrove Lifestyle Center on Barbados platinum west coast, a shopping hot spot featuring luxury fashion stores – Vuitton, Burberry and Ralph Lauren. Despite a worldwide recession at the time, the shop quickly became the leading independent optical boutique on the island. In 2018, the […]

Barbados launch: eyewear with Bajan Soul

Eye Q boutique owner Alicia Hartman has introduced us to her first eyewear collection, developed in Barbados in a design collaboration with the celebrity sunglass designer Eric Jean. Launched on the beach in December, the new limited edition – Peoples from Barbados – “PFB” is a celebration of the island’s rich culture and people, with […]

The Friday edit: Nannacay

305 familes producing hope, bags, hats, and pompoms in Brazil, Peru and Ecuador This week our Friday spot is dedicated to Nannacay, a trusted sustainable accessories label – by business woman turned creative entrepreneur, Marcia Kemp. With a passion for travel, fashion, and community work, Kemp’s idea for the brand was to create a social […]

Family optics in Munich

Hans Schneider and his daughter Sina gave us a warm welcome in Munich, on a cold snowy evening during the annual eyewear event Opti. Their family-run store, located close to the universities and prestigious art galleries opened at this very same address in October 1970, and, as Hans and his daughter explained, the whole interior, […]

Christian Roth, Paris style

Style Setters in Paris wear Christian Roth 14th October 2013 Paris Fashion Week excitement was felt beyond the catwalk…..fashionistas were out in full force on the street. Looking particularly stunning and über smart in Christian Roth sunglasses was Jessie Bush (above) wearing Cortina in bright, cheery pink. Image above: Jessie Bush / @wethepeoplestyle. Paris Fashion Week […]

Sid Fiz Optique

1st September 2013 Queen’s Park, a fashionable neighbourhood of west London, with a well-known gastro pub ( inviting bakery (, small independent shops, cafes and a popular farmers’ market is the location of Sid Fiz Optique, a new eyewear store that is a wonderful modern addition to this area. Sid is an eyewear expert, with […]

Garrett Leight on La Brea

7th February 2013 Take a peak at the latest eyewear emporium in L.A…a new GLCO (Garrett Leight) store that will be the mothership of this growing L.A. specs label headed by the son of the founder of Oliver Peoples, Larry Leight – or the “Prince William of the LA shades scene!” as ‘Urbandaddy’ cutely calls […]

Next stop…Germany

An eye on the Munich show, part 2 21st December 2012 On our must-see list at the show coming up in Munich are a number of collections for men including cool classic design for the well-heeled gent and strong statement pieces for the fashion aficionado. From Brit label Kirk Originals, models from the Beam collection […]

Author and Eyewear Enthusiast

Mark Tungate launches latest book at Le Bon Marche, Paris 20th March 2012 Mark Tungate, author and acknowledged eyewear fan, was busy signing copies of his newest book Le Monde de la Beauté at the launch party held in the elegant book department of Le Bon Marché in Paris. The French edition, published by éditions […]


Optics and Fashion in Amsterdam Eyewear boutique 1st August 2011 Amsterdam is a European destination I always enjoy, and a favourite optical shop is located there.  I discovered Oogappel several years ago, a boutique with flair, style, desirable fame selections and superb service.  Owner Sarah Smit is at the helm of this fashionable boutique, founded […]

Optica do Sacramento, Lisbon, Portugal

Eyewear style in the heart of the Portuguese capital 27th July 2011 We have recently come across Óptica do Sacramento, one of the few eyewear boutiques in Portugal to be working with luxury eyewear brands. Opened in 2009, this store is located in the heart of Lisbon, in the fashionable shopping area of Chiado. The store is […]

Eyewear Enthusiasts

Paris based writer Mark Tungate explains his love of specs 10th July 2011 “I started wearing glasses when I was 20 years old, and even at that self-conscious age I wasn’t worried that they would make me look unattractive. Many of my role models wore glasses: Michael Caine, Woody Allen, Morrissey of The Smiths – […]

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…at Le Bon Marché Paris, France 14th May 2011 Le Bon Marché is the grand dame of Parisian department stores. She is an elegant lady who has reigned supreme in the chic 7th arrondissement since 1852, with the distinction of being the oldest department store in Paris.  The imposing structure has stood the test of […]