Giveaway: KREWE Sunglasses from NOLA

November 8, 2013 | By | Comments (50)
Photo by Zach Smith

Stirling Barrett of KREWE/ Photo by Zach Smith

In the South we’re guaranteed sunshine 90 percent of the year, which means you need a killer pair of sunglasses on your person at all times to beat the rays. Enter KREWE du optic, the made-in-New Orleans line of shades all the cool kids are sporting in the Crescent City.

Founded this year by artist Stirling Barrett, KREWE offers 22 styles of trés-chic sunglasses in classic shapes and hues. Stirling gave us the skinny on his new line and the city he calls home.

Photos courtesy KREWE

Photos courtesy KREWE

What makes your shades so cool?  
The lenses are the highest quality, imported from Carl Zeiss in Germany. The acetate is all Mazzucchelli from Italy—it’s a plant-based material so it’s really sturdy while still malleable enough to be heat-molded to your face. The frames are handmade in small batches, so you won’t get any “lemons,” and it’s not sitting in a warehouse with thousands of other frames.

Why did you create KREWE? 
Because we live in the “Third Coast” and in the middle of the sun belt. There is a distinct fashion sense in New Orleans and a sense of style that resonates throughout the South, but people always look to L.A. or New York for the latest styles—I’m trying change that dynamic.

Is the name a nod to Mardi Gras?
There is a Mardi Gras connection, but it’s slight. A krewe in New Orleans culture are people that ride together in a parade to pass a good time together and bring joy to the parade-goers. I wanted to take that idea of “people coming together to have a good time and enjoy themselves” to help create the culture of KREWE, the company.

Who is wearing KREWE du Optic? 
The KREWE customer is very casual in their character. They don’t look like one specific person, but rather someone that’s totally comfortable with their style and chooses KREWE because it compliments them and speaks to their personal aesthetic. They wear the frames, the frames don’t wear them.

Some of the city's stylish tastemakers flaunt their KREWEs

Some of the city’s stylish tastemakers flaunt their KREWEs

What celeb (dead or alive) would you love to see in a pair of KREWEs?
I love Ellen DeGeneres! Her sense of humor is the best. And Marlon Brando as “Stanley” in A Streetcar Named Desire is so New Orleans, so classic. The raw energy he has in that character is tangible.

OK now tell us about NOLA, what do locals think is the best new restaurant in town?
Cane & Table in the French Quarter. The whole fish is incredible and they make a darn good cocktail.

Who are three local creatives whose work you admire?
Zack Smith, who is the official photographer for Jazz Fest. Ben Bullins—a sculpture artist that uses objects he’s found to create really unique and interesting pieces. The Generationals, because I love their music.

We’re giving away two pairs of KREWE’s unisex glasses: The Calli*ope in grey and The Toulouse in champagne. Tell us where you’ll be wearing your sunnies to this fall for a chance to win! Official rules here


  1. Stephanie Granada

    Congratulations to Gini & Charlie— the winners of our KREWE giveaway. Thank you all for submitting. More exciting giveaways to come; stay tuned!

    November 13, 2013 at 2:35 pm
  2. Anne Elizabeth

    I would love to wear The Toulouse in Champagne as I roam from class to class at Auburn University and, once back home, stroll the streets of Jackson, Mississippi’s historic Fondren Arts District. These unique glasses are sure to be noticed in both places, and what better way to spread the word about these stunning shades?

    November 12, 2013 at 10:01 am
  3. Mike Dalton

    I’ll be wearing my Calli*ope in grey to and from grad school 🙂 Thank you so much!!

    November 12, 2013 at 5:31 am
  4. Stephanie Reyes

    I already sport The Fly in black in the great state of Texas and I think the Calliope would be a fantastic addition to my fall wardrobe!

    November 11, 2013 at 4:15 pm
  5. Amberly

    I’m working on relocating from Dallas, so hopefully I’ll be wearing them in NOLA very, very soon 🙂

    November 11, 2013 at 4:08 pm
  6. Kate Craig

    I will be wearing them to all of the towns I will be visiting in the next two months. Boston, NYC, Nashville, Miami, Tampa, Ponce, San Juan and last but certainly not least, New Orleans!

    November 11, 2013 at 3:57 pm
  7. Diane Norris

    From the Sun Coast to Third Coast!
    Never know who you’ll run into, but you’ll be looking great in your brand new KREWE’s

    November 11, 2013 at 2:51 pm
  8. Megan Fontenot

    I love these sunglasses! I’ll be wearing these all over Louisiana!

    November 11, 2013 at 2:50 pm
  9. Mark Carbon

    Love my sunglasses

    November 11, 2013 at 2:22 pm
  10. eugene

    in New Orleans with my krewe!

    November 11, 2013 at 2:16 pm
  11. Ali Arnold

    I’ll wear these shades while riding my bike through the Bywater. Jam.

    November 11, 2013 at 2:15 pm
  12. Ann Thompson

    I love the tortoise shell design! I’d be happy to wear them at the Fly.

    November 11, 2013 at 1:48 pm
  13. mayorofdemarigny

    Would wear a pair of Krewe while riding my bicycle throughout the French Quarter!

    November 11, 2013 at 12:10 pm
  14. Gini

    As a displaced southerner for the last 16 years, I will be wearing these as I wave good-bye to Connecticut and hello to Chattanooga! So glad this southern girl is headed back south – forever!

    November 11, 2013 at 9:59 am
  15. Amanda

    Ooh, I’ll be wearing these all over Florida.

    November 11, 2013 at 7:52 am
  16. Danielle

    The fall is not only about deliciously prepared recipes passed down from several generations, but being thankful for those who have impacted your life. I would incorporate my new Krewe’s in my favorite past-time, giving to others. Watching someone unwrap their new Calli-ope’s is what I’m about. I would use my new Krewe’s to put a smile on someone’s face.

    November 10, 2013 at 7:30 pm
  17. Charlie

    My fall consists of Southern Traditions such as football, tailgating, and beer. With the Southeastern sun beating down , I can’t imagine a better place to show off my Krewe sportswear. Whether I am travelling to the French Quarter to watch the Tigers, or in Bulldawg Country to have my picture taken under The Arch, the Calli-ope is wrapped in southern pride. These sunshades aren’t just for blocking UV’s, but for making a statement. Wearing them loud and proud is how I want to show off my Krewe’s.

    November 10, 2013 at 6:55 pm
  18. Anna robertson (@Reddirtword)

    I will wear them to a show at Standard Deluxe in Waverly, Alabama. Only the south’s hottest new venue to see great new up and comers- Jason Isbell and the Secret Sisters to name a few. I grew up in Waverly and Standard Deluxe has certainly upped the coolness of my hometown so I need to look GOOD when I go home this year.

    November 10, 2013 at 4:10 pm
  19. Annette

    I’ll be wearing them to all the holiday events, even at night – it will have people talking. 😀

    November 10, 2013 at 1:12 pm
  20. Nick

    In the Triangle and to Florida for the holidays

    November 10, 2013 at 1:07 pm
  21. Judith M.

    I would wear the tortoise shell sunglasses everyday driving to and from work and come summer all day at the NJ shore.

    November 10, 2013 at 11:11 am
  22. Shannon Wescoat

    Everywhere I go.

    November 9, 2013 at 3:27 pm
  23. Jessica

    With the winter snow we get here, I would be thrilled to have a sweet pair of shades to protect my eyes everyday. Whether driving or just taking a hike in the woods, I would love to wear these! I just love the Calli*ope style!

    November 9, 2013 at 2:14 pm
  24. Sarah

    I would wear them while walking around the French Quarter sipping on some of Cafe du Monde’s finest!

    November 9, 2013 at 12:05 pm
  25. BethA

    I would wear mine sitting outside having breakfast or lunch. This is the best time of year for dining al fresco in Houston!

    November 9, 2013 at 9:44 am
  26. Sue Davidson

    My husband and I are going on a Caribbean Cruise and I would love to show off these sunglasses the entire week we will be gone.

    November 9, 2013 at 8:40 am
  27. Nancy Maners

    I will be wearing them around Birmingham. We have a new baby in our family who will be having heart surgery so we are sticking close to home but we are doing it with style.

    November 9, 2013 at 4:32 am
  28. Aimee Porter

    Love these! I’d be wearing them over the holidays hanging out on the family farm – cheering during our annual horseshoe tourney, fishing at the pond, and riding horses:)

    November 8, 2013 at 6:41 pm
  29. Sarah R

    I live on St. Roch and spend all of my time riding around the city by bike. I go to every outdoor event and will always sport these freaking adorable sunnies when I go sailing on the lake! Plus, I will also take all kinds of awesome instagram selfies of me on the boat, on the bike all with the finest New Orleans -esque backdrops I can find and i’ll tag krewe all over them!!

    November 8, 2013 at 6:17 pm
  30. Marion

    I would wear them anywhere and everywhere!! Stylin for sure!!

    November 8, 2013 at 6:14 pm
  31. floridagld

    Oh wow..Love these la la la…I will be sporting them in paradise..breezy, warm, beautiful West Palm Beach..If I cross the bridge I will fit right in. LOL

    November 8, 2013 at 5:59 pm
  32. Lori Draughon

    I will wear them in Vegas, on vacay

    November 8, 2013 at 5:28 pm
  33. Emery tillman

    I will be at the fly

    November 8, 2013 at 4:28 pm
  34. Jennifer H

    I spend a great deal of time doing the kid-taxi thing, I always need a great pair of shades.

    November 8, 2013 at 4:25 pm
  35. Ellen Turbyfill

    Every place I go!!

    November 8, 2013 at 4:18 pm
  36. Veda Gilbert (@thehosp_widow)

    It’s more a case of where wont I be wearing them…

    November 8, 2013 at 4:13 pm
  37. Sydney Collins

    I’m going to wear these on the way home, celebrating the job I got today!

    November 8, 2013 at 4:02 pm
  38. Laura Heeney

    Walkin’ in Memphis!!!

    November 8, 2013 at 3:56 pm
  39. Andrew Brotherton


    November 8, 2013 at 3:46 pm
  40. Lori

    I’ll wear them on the lake!

    November 8, 2013 at 3:44 pm
  41. leslie Pickett

    I will be wearing mine all around Alabama–the sun is always bright at the beach!

    November 8, 2013 at 3:34 pm
  42. leslie

    Loving these KREWE sunnies! I’m wearing my sunglasses for hiking and leaf-viewing in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains! 😎🍂

    November 8, 2013 at 3:30 pm
  43. Julie

    Love these! Those tortoise shell sunnies would be perfect in The Grove at Ole Miss. Hotty Toddy!

    November 8, 2013 at 3:27 pm
  44. amy williams

    I’ll be wearing them to NOLA! Just got back from there this past weekend! Can’t wait to go back

    November 8, 2013 at 3:25 pm
  45. Lacey

    SEC football games, naturally.

    November 8, 2013 at 3:21 pm
  46. Arlinda

    I’m wearing these everyday! I come from a sunny state (even during the winter) the sun shines bright. When it snows as the sunshines it can be blinding. I need these for everyday protection.

    November 8, 2013 at 3:21 pm
  47. Don Hughes

    Cross country traveling this year with my family.

    November 8, 2013 at 3:20 pm
  48. Margot C

    Driving on an escape from Los Angeles this exiled New Orleans native (that’s me!) will be headed to none other than Death Valley right before Christmas. I can’t imagine any less New Orleansish an environment. The sun is said to be fierce there, even in winter. I would be proud to plant my Mardi Gras flag among the cacti (temporarily – just for a picture) and sport the stylish Toulouse in Champagne glasses for an epic shot.

    November 8, 2013 at 3:17 pm
  49. Chloe

    I will be wearing those Toulouse sunnies everywhere, because they are too cute not to, and fall/winter sun is a cruel cruel mistress.

    November 8, 2013 at 3:16 pm
  50. Bev Cashen

    These glasses are the coolest!!
    I will be wearing these shades at Venice Beach, kicked back, sipping on a cold Sidewalk Slammer from the Sidwwalk Cafe at sunset.
    Everyone will be asking me where did I get them! LOL! 🙂

    November 8, 2013 at 3:12 pm

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