#WhatDrivesYou: designer to the stars Thierry Lasry
July 15, 2014
While in Toronto promoting his first Canadian collaboration with luxury eyewear boutique Spectacle, we had the pleasure of chatting about celeb style and design with Parisian Thierry Lasry. Known internationally as eyewear designer to the stars, Lasry has outfitted A-List celebrities such as Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Rachel Zoe, Jennifer Lopez, among many more.
1. You come from creative roots, if you weren’t designing sunglasses what would you be doing?
I could be designing anything. With my technical background I could be designing any other fashion accessory: shoes, bags, jewelry. I actually have ideas for designing other accessories.
2. Do you ever have “designer's block”? What do you do to break through it?
No. Never. Designing is a long process. I have my eyes wide open on everything around me 24/7 and then it’s just about maturing the concepts that grow every day in my mind. Also, the more you design, the more you stimulate your creativity and the quicker the inspiration comes.
3. Biggest career highlight?
I actually believe the best is yet to come. If I had to choose one, I would still pick the day Madonna's assistant called me on my cell and sent me a bunch of pics of Madonna wearing her Thierry Lasry sunglasses.
I knew things would never be the same from that point on.
4. Where do you look for inspiration?
Magazines, exhibitions, travel, runways, toys - literally anything can end up being a source of inspiration.
5. What is the most important lesson you’ve learned in the fashion industry?
Don’t ever take anything for granted.
6. Any tips for young fashion designers breaking into the scene?
I don’t like to give tips, I believe that making mistakes is part of the learning process.
7. You moved from Paris to New York City! What is your idea of a perfect day in NYC?
There are too many ways to have a perfect day in NYC, that's what I like about it!
But let's say, breakfast at Gemma, a walk in Central Park, lunch at Bergdorf Goodman, drinks at the Standard Hotel, dinner at East15 and late drinks at Apotheke in Chinatown.
8. Besides, eyewear what is the one accessory no one should leave home without?
In my case, the answer is obviously jewelry as I would never leave home without my 14 rings and two bracelets, all from Chrome Hearts. For a woman, the right purse is also very important - that’s the one thing I always have a discrete look at. I would never go out with a woman with the wrong purse.
For more on how well Thierry Lasry knows his celebrity fans, check out HELLO! Canada.
Spectacle x Thierry Lasry Lively sunglasses, named after Blake Lively, available exclusively at Spectacle in Toronto.