Kent Stetson Rocks the Runway at StyleWeek NorthEast

BIG NAZO’s wide-eyed robot shows off a large-eyed handbag by designed Kent Stetson.

BIG NAZO’s skeleton daintily carries a demure black bag by Stetson.

Tuesday night, Providence-based handbag designer Kent Stetson surprised and delighted the audience at StyleWeek NorthEast by showing off his new collection with the help of “models” from Providence’s own BIG NAZO Band.  The hilarious larger-than-life cartoon characters paraded down the runway swinging and flaunting Stetson’s newest handbag collection.  What handbag would a skeleton carry?  Why a shiny black one with an x-ray-like print, of course.  And for a bug-eyed robot?  Nothing but a sassy orange-and-black number with a big imprinted eye would do.

Kent Stetson takes the stage sporting specs from Providence Optical.

And what did Mr. Kent Stetson himself wear for his appearance?  Eyeglasses handcrafted for him by Providence Optical, of course.  These one-of-a-kind specs have asymmetric lenses that make one of his eyes appear larger, echoing the theme of the big-eyed robot with the giant one-eyed purse.

Styleweek Northeast continues through Saturday, February 2 at the Providence Biltmore.  Don’t miss it!


Stetson shows off his handcrafted “wide eye” specs with their creator — Providence Optical’s Onega, wearing her own handmade glasses that juxtapose earthy brown and electric blue hues.

Pierre Eyewear: A Luxury Car Kind of Sleek

Pierre’s designs feature exquisite colors and sleek form.

Pierre Eyewear’s founder, who prefers to be called only by his first name, has a love affair with sleek designs.  Influenced by his passion for the Porsche 911, Pierre has created a line of eyewear that blends his passion for simple elegance with meticulous attention to detail in each handcrafted frame.

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A native of France, Pierre spent 10 years in the United States, working with designers at Nina Ricci, Lacoste and L’Amy.  After his return to France, he decided to put his business degree to use and developed his own line of designer eyewear.

In keeping with the spirit of Porsche, Pierre views eyewear as a marriage of art and performance.  His designs feature carefully sculpted, curving lines and deep, luxurious colors. At the same time, they are crafted for an exceptionally comfortable fit.

Pierre sums up his philosophy this way:

“Without a soul, eyewear is only an ocular prothesis.  It is the creator who gives it life.”

Layer on layer of color provides rich hues and sturdy construction.

Providence Optical is pleased to announce the addition of Pierre Eyewear to our collection — unique designs and exceptional hand craftsmanship at only $375 per pair.