My Favorite Piece: Fahrani Empel

NAME: Fahrani Empel

COMPANY: Cast Eyewear
Dreamed up by Fahrani Empel and Miles Pitt, Cast Eyewear is a funky-chic line of shades that uses shapes and colors no other designers would dare to. “My passion for eyewear was the first thing that inspired me to do what I do. Then, in the process of creating it, I got my inspirations from everything that surrounds me—people, environments, vibes, energies, anything, you call it,” Empel says. “I’m not sure if I have a philosophy on style, but I guess it’s the same as my philosophy of life: Keep evolving.”

FAVORITE PIECE: Elephant
“Nathan Kostechko inked the six elephants on my neck while I was in Bali last year. The idea for the elephants— and turning my skin into a zoo—came from me. [Kostechko] put his touch on it with the placement of each elephant. These days I think tattoos and fashion work side-by-side. Most kids are covered in them. I feel sad for 18-year-olds with both sleeves done already, though—there is no soul to it.”

FAVORITE FASHION PIECE: Moondust
“The Moondust is for everyone who isn’t afraid to make mistakes in their life and learn from it.”

QUOTE: “My glasses are not made for everyone. They are made for people who are brave in the sense of their maximum volume of self-expression.”

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