Recently we were paid a visit by the lovely, Lynda Evans of Est Magazine and her favourite photographer, Toby Scott.

The pair spent a Sunday morning with us in the workshop talking about how it all began and taking some pretty amzing photographs of our work space, Fritz, our dog Cash and even me!

Once digital publication, Est Magazine had gone live with their artical on the 22nd of Novemebr it didn’t take The Loop long to find it and re-blog it on their site.

Here is their glimpse into the workspace and mind of inspiring eyeware designer, Fritz Schwarz.

A boat builder by trade, German born Fritz began experimenting with timber frame eyeware at just 16 years of age. With a workshop based on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and nestled beneath the soaring eucalypts of his home backyard, Schwarz’s bespoke frame-ware business has built a loyal and devoted following. With each pair taking 10 hours to make, using the same techniques of layering and sanding required for boat building, these designer frames are individually unique.

In 3 words describe your style.

Classic, organic and a little bit punk.

What are you currently working on?

Refining our production facilities and an artisan jewelry range made from miniature frames.

Where do you live and work right now?

Diddillibah on the Sunshine Coast

What design purchase have you made lately?

A black leather bag by Agenda, which was designed by a Melbourne based friend of ours, Lynette Clucas.

What do you covet?

Wisdom, patience and a hydrofoil Moth (sail boat).

Favourite blog/website?

I don’t have any – I only recently acquired a computer!

Favourite online shop?

EBay & Moda Operandi (they stock our frames).

No. 1 Design/Style tip?

Under promise and over deliver.

What are you reading?

The Rhino Handbook, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald & The Fourth Bear by Jasper Fford.

What are you listening to?

The Shins, Violent Femmes, The Doors and a lot of classical music.

What are you watching?

Breaking Bad and a box set of Herzog / Kinski films.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Handmade pony leather shoes.

Where do you go to for inspiration?

The ocean.


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