We curate things that we think our clients would love and we custom-make glasses bespoke to the individual
When I became an optician 20 years ago after school, I lived in different cities in around northern Italy. In 2009, I decided to open my own business, I decided having past 30 â€“ it was then or never. Iâ€™d say the same thing today, even when Iâ€™m now 40! Iâ€™m not actually from Venice, but from the Dolomites, but I have a mad love affair with this city â€“ everytime I visited here I felt extremely emotional, even back when I knew nothing about the make-up or history of the city.
I opened the store with the backing of a couple of Countesses (far lessÂ glamourous than it sounds, because whilst they were titled, they were actually set-designers and were more than happy to roll up their sleeves and furnish my shop for me).
It was revolutionary back then, different to the glitzy high-fashion stores Italy was known for. I wanted it to look like the living room of a globetrotter, not just filled with glasses or sunglasses, but also other peculiar objects from around the world. I wanted it to be a meeting point for people with similar interests and attitudes. I wanted to create conversations, good vibes â€“ because I believe what goes around comes around.
My clients, whilst affluent and love luxury goods, come to me looking for something else â€“Â they buy what they like, because money isnâ€™t an object â€“ but I donâ€™t carry any mainstream brands, we curate things that we think our clients would love and we custom-make glasses bespoke to the individual. They often come back into my shop the next time theyâ€™re in the city to show me sunglasses they had found elsewhere â€“ the trust and value my opinion.
Alessandro owns Veniceâ€™s most fabulous opticians, OTTICA BOUDOIR (specialising in non-mainstream and custom made eyewear) â€“ because he believes beautiful glasses for beautiful people should belong in a beautiful shop in a beautiful city.