International Optical Personality of the Year

Eyewear influencer Maarten Weidema has received the award for International Optical Personality of the Year at the Monaco International Optics Trophies which was held at the beautiful Espace Léo Ferré in Monaco, France, last Tuesday the 22nd.

We were overwhelmed and grateful by the 3.000 votes from optical professionals from all over the world, who have chosen me as this year’s most influential personality within the optical arena and who saw our articles as the most informative and reliable source.

Maarten Weidema - Editor in Chief

After working as an eyewear designer for over 18 years, Maarten chose to replace his pencils for regular writing pens. As a true Don Quichot, he has been fighting windmills of his own, on his quest to empower independent eyewear brands in this evergrowing market of licensed brands by big-box conglomerates.

Flying from New York to Amsterdam, with only hours to get to Monaco, a jet-lagged Maarten fell asleep in full tuxedo in his Airbnb, just before the ceremony. As a true DIVA, he woke up in the middle of the night, missing the whole ceremony, and was forced to pick up the award next morning…

He will continue on his quest, with renewed energy (after that great nap), showing you amazing eyewear via breathtaking lifestyle shoots.

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TEF also congratulates the winners of the design categories:

Congratulations to Dzmitry Samal, BOZ Eyewear, Gaston Eyewear, Talla Eyewear, Xit Eyewear, Hublot Eyewear, Ride 100%, Lio Occhiali, Ferilli Eyewear, Ultra Vision, Zeiss and Endless Eyewear!

Author: maarten weidema

After being a freelance eyewear designer since 1999, TEF founder Maarten Weidema now solely writes about his fellow designers in the optical industry. His passionate mission is to promote independent eyewear to the international optical arena, backed up by a large group of bloggers and journalists from all over the world. He has recently been awarded “International Optical Personality of the Year” for his efforts to promote independent eyewear to a community of 322.000 ECPs.

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