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This past weekend, our Amherst frames travelled throughout the Dominican Republic.  Major thanks to Victor of Idle Vibes for these shots!

Hugh McGrory, Creative Director at Culture Shock NYC
Innovation is problem solving differently than A+B=C.

Few people can say their day jobs are pondering, “What’s coming next,” but Hugh, a founding member of the art/film/technology think-tank Culture Shock NYC, does just that. He’s helping to look at problems from a new way and drive innovation.

“We like to bring together things that usually don’t go together.” Said Hugh during our visit to his Williamsburg home. “We see innovation as the convergence of people with different disciplines and new perspectives.”

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A few Polaroids from our recent road trip with the ladies of openhausco, more to come soon! But very exciting news - @victorstonem will be taking over our Instagram account this weekend! We are delighted to have him share his part of the world with us. Stay tuned …

A few Polaroids from our recent road trip with the ladies of openhausco, more to come soon! But very exciting news - @victorstonem will be taking over our Instagram account this weekend! We are delighted to have him share his part of the world with us. Stay tuned …

The Beaumont, one of our most popular styles for Men & Women, now available in 5 different colors. Make sure to swing by classicspecs.com to check out all five!

The Beaumont, one of our most popular styles for Men & Women, now available in 5 different colors.

Make sure to swing by classicspecs.com to check out all five!

It’s time to bring out the leather jackets. Fall is here.

It’s time to bring out the leather jackets. Fall is here.

Julia Silver Gordon, Founder of Hiho Batik
"You don’t need to be able to draw a straight line to call yourself a creative."

Does our creativity fade as we age? Do we lose our artistic ability as we spend more time on work, socializing, or zoning out? The answer is “no,” if you’re Julia, co-founder of Park Slope’s Hiho Batik Shop – the store fighting against the destruction of creativity in us all.

“Everyone’s creativity comes out in what they make here.” She said on a recent visit from the Classic Specs Team, “Even ‘uncreative people’ find that they open up during the process of making a design.” You can see why she is so convinced of the creativity in all people.

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Rog Walker, Photographer
"Specialness comes from the commitment to a creative life."

Photographer, writer, and blogger are a few words that one might use to first describe Rog Walker. However, this would miss much of the depth of this man. Perhaps it should be philosopher, wanderer, and storyteller? But let’s start with a New Yorker who discovered the truth of a creative life, and go from there.

Rog was once a neophyte, inspired by the stories and the tellers he had met in New York. But unlike many, he set out to find a unique voice and perspective of his own. “The other creatives I met helped give me the courage to discover my own identity.”

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Tom Mylan, Executive Butcher & Co-Founder of The Meathook
"It’s about doing it right and being delicious."

In the last few years, the local and artisan food movement has exploded thanks to the efforts of people like Tom Mylan, co-founder of Brooklyn’s Meat Hook Butcher Shop and author of The Meat Hook Meat Book.

But Tom didn’t start scouring local and grass-fed meats because of “food guilt.” He wanted to “do [meat] right while being delicious,” and to show and educate everyone through their stomach and straight to the head.

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Shyama Golden, Illustrator & Designer
"Talent isn’t much without passion."

On a quiet side street off Metropolitan Boulevard, in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg you’ll find the workspace and home of designer Shyama – Queen of the Catsquatch (We will get to that in a minute).

Small in stature, you’d be mistaken if you assumed that she is anything less than a powerhouse of design with unmatched conviction and passion for her craft.

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The Brooklyn Brewery
"Craft is community"

There’s no doubt that Brooklyn Brewery was the start of a trend when they ignored naysayers and bombed out cars to make Williamsburg the brewery home in 1996.

"When Steve, the co-founder, moved here people said to him, ‘Why would you start anything in Brooklyn?" But Steve knew it was the right place to make a brewery. The community was not lost; it just had forgotten how to make stuff, but was ready to learn again.

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