I have been a fan of designer Thierry Lasry’s work long before I met him. His glasses are among my very favorites and the Rhude x Thierry Lasry Rhodeo style has become my signature frames. I own 7 pairs of his incredible styles, and I love turning some of his sunglasses into readers because they are so interesting and flattering.  When I finally got to meet Thierry in his NYC studio for a special project we are working on, he did not disappoint. Quietly brilliant, down to earth, thoughtful, sweet and uber cool, he epitomizes his brand, which only makes me want more of his designs.

Tell me a little about your background. Where did you grow up?  Did you go to school for design? Work for other designers?  Did anything in your childhood inform your career?

I was born & raised in Paris. I moved to NYC 7 years ago and NYC is now my home. I never studied design, but I did study how to be an optician. I don’t believe you can learn to be creative, I tend to think you have it in your DNA or you don’t, and I grew up in a creative environment with parents who taught me how to think/ look outside the box style-wise.

Fun fact, I did actually teach (eyewear) design at the French Institute of Fashion (IFM) for 3 years though (2010-2012).

How did you come to design sunglasses?

With a Mom Designer & a Dad Optician, what else could I do?! …

What do you love most about what you do?

The main thing is my freedom. Freedom is everything for me. The second one is the excitement to contribute to how people define their own identities. Wearing a certain type of sunglasses or eyeglasses say so much about who you are/what you want to say to the world etc. 

What is the biggest challenge?

Keeping the balance between the 2 hemispheres of my brain, meaning how do you find inspiration and creativity while at the same time running a company and somehow remaining grounded.

Where do you find inspiration?

I am very visual & very curious by nature,  so I tend to have my eyes wide open 24/7. Anything around me can be a source of inspiration: editorials/ movies/exhibitions/runway shows etc., but lately I have been especially inspired by architecture & interior design.

What is your definition of beauty?

Beauty pleases the esthetic senses. I have a very specific sense of esthetic,  but it can evolve/change through time and that’s the magic of it: whatever appeared beautiful to me a few years ago can become unappealing to me today and vice versa.

Do you have 3 favorite skincare products or treatments? Why are they your favorites?

  1. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair: there is nothing like waking up with a rested face in the morning especially considering that I rarely sleep more than 6 hours.
  2. Barbara Sturm Super Anti-Aging Serum: whatever can be done to try to stop time aging wise tends to reassure me I guess.
  3. Le Labo for the Edition Hotel Body Lotion: maybe because in a sort of subliminal way, it reminds me of the zen vibe of the Edition Hotel in Miami, where I typically stay several times a year.

If you had to pick another career, what would it be?

Trader. Absolutely not for the money but for the adrenaline.

Tell me a secret.

I have a secret passion for soccer -watching not playing- (last thing people would expect from me) I actually have an upcoming collaboration related to soccer coming soon (but this is still secret)!