‘Why are there no glasses designed for Black people?’: London sisters fight racism by creating glasses for Black features
After realising they’d never had a pair of glasses that fit them properly, Clare and Christina Kimeze created their own eyewear brand especially for Black facial features
Sitting on her sofa watching TV series Westworld , West Londoner Clare Kimeze suddenly noticed how well a pair of glasses fit the face of African-American actor Jeffrey Wright.
In that moment, she began questioning everything she’d ever known about eyewear.
She spoke to her sister Christina, who lives in East London, and began to reflect on all the ill-fitting pairs of glasses they’d owned – ones that slip down their nose, sit awkwardly on the bridge or push up against their cheeks when they smile – and realised something wasn’t right.
“Most eyewear is made for Caucasian facial features or people in East Asia with a low and very narrow bridge,” Clare said.
“The industry has not made anything for people with Black facial features – people with a wider bridge or a very flat bridge.”
The two sisters decided to do something about this injustice for Black glasses-wearers, and three years later their eyewear company, Kimeze, was born.
To rub salt to the wound, Clare said that they soon realised that in the eyewear industry “everyone knew about it, and just accepted that that’s the way it was”.