Photography & Interview CHARLOTTE KRAUß
Originally from the Northern German state of Schwerin, Claas, of Berlin Specs is a fourth generation optician. I visited him at his shop in the heart of Berlin’s buzzing downtown Mitte district and asked him about the current eyewear trends over a delicious cup of coffee.
Despite his love for his profession, Claas is not an eyewear collector. His motto for eyewear is that “they must be absolutely beautiful on the face, not only in a display case.” His favorite glasses are “Hank” by Mykita, which were produced in cooperation with his store as a limited edition. “This is my all-rounder” Claas says. He is expecting to see more of such thinner frames made out of metal in upcoming seasons. “I love women with fine golden glasses. It is in stark contrast to the previous trend of thick frames. Nevertheless, I am still fond of large, thick frame glasses. Acetate glasses in champagne color with a touch of gold is totally chic!”
In offering advice to his customers, he does not think much of entrenched rules. He prefers to listen to his gut feeling. Spectacles need to match the style of a person but he would encourage trying something new with a bit of twist. He advises not to follow trends, instead he recommends a diversity of styles and a look that suits his or her individual style.
For a second pair of glasses, Claas strongly recommends to seek out a totally opposite style from the first pair. “It’s the same as picking your clothes. The more varieties you have, the more mix and match you can do.” He also thinks that evening eyewear is a must-have. “The glasses are there not to hide your face, but to show it!”
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