How Two Sisters Came To Make Glasses To Fit Everyone’s Face

KIMEZE is the world’s first glasses and sunglasses brand designed for those with dominant black and brown features.

It’s odd to think that a design as simple and universal as glasses or sunglasses can have a racial bias, but, like many consumer products you see, eyewear is often designed for the average human–in most cases, which with glasses are for Caucasian features.

KIMEZE was launched in 2021 by sisters Clare and Christina Kimeze. Christina was watching Westworld and she noticed the main character, Bernard (played by Jeffrey Wright) was wearing glasses that he couldn’t keep on his face.

She remembered thinking how uncomfortable that must have been for him then realized they were doing the same thing.

In researching over a three-year period, they found an industry-wide issue.

Christina felt within the diversity of the black community, some features needed to be kept in mind when creating eyewear for black and brown people–catering to lower, wider nose profiles or narrower ones with a lower bridge than Caucasians’.

Clare had pairs that would get big gaps between her glasses and others that would squash the base of her nose.

As the sisters spoke to their Italian manufacturer, they expressed that this was the first for them in terms of designing this type of eye-wear.


 

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