The limited-edition Debbie was created from recycled materials hand-finished with gold foil to celebrate Linda Farrow’s 50th anniversary
4. Could you give us a recommendation for next time we’re in town?
I like Exmouth Market in Clerkenwell where our office is based. There are a lot of independent bars and cool little restaurants. It’s a little part of London that most people don’t know about; it’s a weird hidden gem.
5. Linda Farrow has a very impressive following. Is there a moment of seeing your eyewear that stands out?
There were two really high-profile moments that happened in a very short period of time. It was when Lady Gaga wore them in her music video Paparazzi and then in the video Telephone with Beyoncé. It was quite a moment, and it’s hard to get moments like that. You can’t plan for those, they just happen and it becomes iconic overnight.
6. How did those moments come about?
The glasses got borrowed by Lady Gaga’s stylist Nicola Formichetti but we didn’t know what for. When you lend stuff out, you keep an eye out. You’re not sure if they will be worn at all, or if it’s just going to worn to the supermarket, so when that came out, it was a bit like ‘Wow!’
7. What’s your work-from-home situation been like this year?
Most of our people are working from home, and I’m working from my attic half the time but, because product is tactile, sometimes you do need to be face-to-face and touching things. So me and the design team go into the office two to three days a week.
8. What’s the biggest lesson your mother taught you?
She always told me to follow my heart. There are always going to be doubters, everyone has an opinion, and you can’t let that interfere with your vision because then that vision becomes unclear and in the end consumer feels that in your product. You can’t be something to everybody.
9. Which pair of Linda Farrow glasses are you most likely to be sporting yourself?
It’s going to sound quite cheesy! We’ve given names to a lot of the glasses in our core collection, and there’s a pair called Simon because I wear them all the time. I didn’t really like the idea of them being named after me but it was a unanimous team decision!
10. How do you think Linda Farrow has changed the trajectory of eyewear?
I think one thing Linda Farrow did is put eyewear on the fashion map. I think previously it was very functional, it wasn’t that interesting and it was never on the runways — we made eyewear a fashion accessory again. And I feel like that trend is continuing, with the eyewear industry becoming more and more solidified in the fashion world.