A retired movie theater-turned-warehouse in DTLA is home to the second-generation eyewear brand, Bonnie Clyde. Jon Yuan founded the brand back in 2016 after his family created their sunglass company three decades prior. Inspired by the art, architecture, interior design, film, and music that surrounds him, Yuan crafts each collection through a sophisticated and unique lens of Los Angeles. Following collaborations with Phlemuns and SOSUPERSAM, BC released it’s Spring/ Summer 2020 collection with a nostalgic twist to ‘90s frames. Before its drop last Thursday, Flaunt spoke with Jon on all things Bonnie Clyde and their SS20 season.
How did you decide to follow in your parents footsteps and work in the sunglass industry?
I fu**ing love it. It's the dopest thing in the world. I work with my family and my closest friends, and it's truly a blessing. And I think I am insanely lucky. Not only cause I get to do what I get to do, but also because I am super passionate about eyewear. I remember when I was in first grade, I told my parents I needed glasses. I didn't; I just wanted to wear them. And this was at like six years old in the 90s when wearing glasses meant you were getting bullied. I didn't care. I thought glasses were dope. So yeah, that's why I decided to work in this industry. It's a passion thing.
You've said that Bonnie Clyde eyewear is contemporary, yet accessible. How is that achieved in a pair of sunnies?
We spend way too much time with the details on sunglasses to make them stand out without being too pretentious about it. We always try to tiptoe across this fine line of wearable without being basic, playful without being too crazy. We don't want to make a statement piece that you can only wear once during fashion week, but we also don't want to make something that's boring and already out there. Both are wasteful, and both are not who we are. It's all about that fine line and the playful details...
Full interview can be found HERE