I see Rebekah every now and then at karaoke, and it came to my attention recently that her line of work is pretty interesting. (Occasionally at karaoke she’ll ask my glasses-wearing friends a whole range of questions about what they look for in eyewear, so I got curious.) Since it’s consumption season, I thought it’d be a good time to learn a teeny bit more about her business, Bex Spex:
Mission Mission: How’d you get into this game anyway?
Rebekah: I started my line about two years ago. I used to work as an optician for a number of years before taking this leap.
What’s the process like, designing and producing a whole line of glasses?
I designed the color combinations of the plastics, the shapes, the cases; all of the aspects of the line I thought about. I have them handmade in Italy using Italian plastics because having something that lasts is important to me. I want someone to wear these glasses for many years, then keep them. The next generation will find them in the drawer and wear them still. They definitely have a vintage sensibility, but with a modern understanding.
Why did you decide to devote your life to glasses?
The reason I love glasses so much is that they are the first thing people notice on your face. You change your clothes everyday, but your glasses are there with every outfit. I also adore that they aren’t purely ornamental. Glasses serve a purpose, they help you see, either by blocking the sun or bringing objects into focus.
Can we get Bex Spex in the Mission?
They are currently at Dema on Valencia!