Krewe du Optic is the only line based in the South.
"New Orleans is known for many things, but style is not necessarily one of them," admits Krewe du Optic founder Stirling Barrett of his hometown, which is also the home base of his year-old eyewear line. “Despite that, the 25-year-old is turning out some damn stylish sunglasses,” reports Racked, “while holding the distinction of being the only eyewear line rooted in the South. Says 25-year-old Barrett: "Being based in New Orleans as opposed to New York City or LA is a challenge, but it's also one of our strongest assets. We're able to differentiate ourselves in the market as an outlier. NOLA 'til we die, ya heard?"