How do you stay up to date with the latest eyewear trends?
I read a lot of magazines and talk to the representatives from companies because they have a good idea on what’s out there as they are usually selling to different areas.
Would you say frames ever go out of fashion?
Fashion never goes out of fashion; it always comes back. Once you wear a frame, you tend to wear it forever because it becomes a part of your own identity and personality. I find that people buy Oakley, because it's got its own signature so when a customer goes through a few pairs, they tend to come back to get Oakley’s.
What is the most unusual or funny request you have had from a customer?
A lady came in once with a pair of glasses that had stick on eyelashes. We needed to hand cut the lenses to fit into the frame, but it just proved that anything is possible!
What do you like best about running an optometrist in Marrickville?
The community, particularly in Marrickville. I’ve been here since day one of the Centre opening and have met a lovely people and maintained a close friendship with a lot of them. They are the ones who helped me progress in my career.
In your team, does anyone have a skill a past job that isn’t retail?
In my previous life I was a PE and Maths schoolteacher...I had hair then! I enjoyed it immensely.
Since the COVID19 Pandemic, how have you been changed forever?
We are ensuring we are following the guidelines and making sure we abide by any changes. We spray down everything and make sure it is hygienic for every customer want to make sure our customers feel as safe as possible.
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