Ever attuned to that unique breed of independent eyewear entrepreneurs wearing both retailer and vendor crowns, 20/20 was quickly enamored by Alicia Hartman and her dual-sun-fueled Peoples from Barbados venture. Born into a family eyewear heritage, Alicia sizzled her dispensing skills for nearly a decade via her EyeQ shop. Set on creating sunwear, she teamed up with French eyewear designer Eric Jean, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Barbados independence with her Peoples from Barbados collection in 2016. Crafted in Japan, she describes the eyewear as a blend of Bajan soul and Caribbean flair.

We could ramble on but it’s the photos of Alicia, her friends and her beloved Barbados telling a tale of inspirational eyewear and eye-wearers.

And here’s a final indication of kinship on a personal note: I initially came to know of this collection and Hartman via her nomination in last year’s OPTImum Awards at Expo East. The use of the term “Peoples” in the brand’s name clicked with me. In Queens, New York lingo my teens were dominated by that exact engaging plural when we’d huddle over something as profound as picking sides on a stickball matchup. “Listen Peoples… Here’s how we’re gonna do this!” So… Listen Peoples… here’s how Alicia does this.

– James J. Spina

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Interested? EyeQ Stylist Alicia Hartman • www.peoplesfrombarbados.com • (246) 419-3937