Vision Expo has announced the winners of the Vision Expo 2020 Talent Search, supported by the eyewear designers of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (edCFDA). SpiltMilk and Tyche + Iset Eyewear are the recipients of the inaugural award, which aims to identify and support emerging designers and foster their talent during the symbolic year for the eyewear industry, 2020.
“The votes are in! Seven edCFDA designers have selected two creative talents with an entrepreneurial spirit. This year’s recipients, Morganne Leigh, founder of Tyche + Iset Eyewear, and Judge Khanna, creative director and co-founder of SpiltMilk, represent the industry’s dynamic future,” said Christian Roth, co-founder and designer of Christian Roth Eyewear and one of the seven eyewear designers of the edCFDA who judged the contest. “We congratulate both designers and welcome them to our creative eyewear community.”
The winners will be introduced to the creative eyewear community during a celebratory event at Vision Expo East on Thursday, March 26 from 5 p.m.–7 p.m. in The River, one of three new neighborhoods debuting at Vision Expo East that opens one day earlier than the general exhibit hall. The reception will be open to all attendees at Vision Expo East, with special invitations extended to fellow designers and OPTImum buyers.
Applicants of the Talent Search were judged by: Christian Roth, co-founder/ designer of Christian Roth Eyewear; Jeff Press, chief creative officer of Morgenthal Frederics & Robert Marc NYC; Gai Gherardi, co-founder /designer of l.a.Eyeworks; Patty Perreira, co-founder/designer of Barton Perreira; Selima Salaun, owner/designer, Selima Optique; Shane Baum, founder/ designer, Leisure Society; Blake Kuwahara, founder/creative director, Blake Kuwahara Eyewear.