‘THE FACE WEARS THE GLASSES, NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND’
Agnes de Zwart:
‘I think it’s important that glasses are both functional and trendy. Focused on the now. I translate iconic classics into contemporary design, with a great passion for the wearer’s face and comfort,’ Agnes continues. ‘Understated luxury. The face wears the glasses, not the other way around. The collection is twofold. On the one hand classic, stylish simplicity, on the other, bold, oversized iconic models with a very refined look.’
‘I get my inspiration everywhere. I spot trends mainly on the streets and I look closely at what is happening on social media. It’s a real sport sensing a fashion trend arising, I can spend days doing it.’
Armand van Lingen:
‘Creating a brand of glasses is well known to me. My mission is to make high-quality eyewear in an affordable price range, and to expand a distribution network all over the world.’
‘Quality and service are of paramount importance. For both product and services,’ adds Armand. “We work together with a young and dynamic team who work with the same vision and passion. We think that’s important. We listen carefully to our customers. Connecting with the entrepreneur and understanding what they are doing is the foundation for good cooperation.
Every pair of glasses is made with attention, precision and love. From the first sketch and the choice of materials to the final composition. The entire collection is made of titanium. It is strong and so light, you almost forget that you are wearing glasses.
Behind the scenes
Armand van Lingen and Agnes de Zwart present TBL Eyewear by The Black Label: a minimalist, sophisticated colection of eyewear from the Netherlands.
They both have over twenty years of experience in optics. Armand van Lingen, director of Bloomdale Eyewear, has a lot of experience in purchasing, production and internal organisation. Agnes de Zwart started out as a stylist and worked in sales for years with big brands like Gucci and Armani. After that she was responsible for niche brands such as Philippe Starck and Alain Mikli in the Netherlands.