There’s no doubting that New Orleans is one of the most inspiring cities in America. The city’s mixed culture is visible in all forms of artistry, from food to music to design.
Often called the “most unique” city, New Orleans is the inspirational grounds for most— if not all— of its local artists and even those abroad.
One artist in particular is Stirling Barrett, who launched eyewear company KREWE in 2013 at the age of 24. The longtime vintage eyewear enthusiast saw an opportunity to positively impact the cultural perception of New Orleans through a creative approach to business and design.
“KREWE was founded on the philosophy of doing something unexpected from a place no one would expect and that mantra radiates through every decision we make,” said KREWE social media manager Ashley O’Neill.
Barrett designs all of the eyewear at KREWE’s New Orleans Design Studio, right above the flagship store in the French Quarter.
The original store, located on Royal St. in the French Quarter, fits the classic, aesthetically pleasing style of the sunglasses. Like an art gallery, the white walls allow the vibrant, mirrored lenses to catch the eye and demand to be admired.
Each pair of sunglasses has its own unique name, that of which is inspired by the local culture, such as the Orleans, Lafitte and St. Louis lines. Additionally, many of the frames are inspired by area architecture.