Seven eyewear designers united this year for the third annual edCFDA Pride Eyewear Initiative. 

NEW YORK—This month, seven eyewear designers, many of which are independent, united to launch the third annual edCFDA Pride Eyewear Initiative. The designers Blake Kuwahara (Blake Kuwahara Eyewear), Christian Roth (Christian Roth Eyewear), Gai Gherardi and Barbara McReynolds (l.a.Eyeworks), Jeff Press (PRESS), Patty Perreira (Barton Perreira), Selima Salaun (Selima Optique) and Stirling Barrett (KREWE), are each offering a limited edition sunglass design, with a portion of the proceeds collectively benefiting Bring Change to Mind (BC2M), an organization dedicated to ending stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health.

The edCFDA’s collective donation will target BC2M's high school programs, where almost half of the teens identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community, as well as BC2M’s LGBTQ+ Youth Mental Health Task Force, which is designed to build empathetic allies and activists, and provide crucial support to LGBTQ+ youth.

As reported in VMAIL, the designs were first debuted at The Loft Eyewear Show in New York in March. Established in 2022, the edCFDA Pride Eyewear Initiative is an annual charitable venture driven by eyewear designers of the CFDA to target and highlight specific needs within the broad spectrum of the LGBTQ+ and gender non-conforming community. With donations to LGBTQ+ causes totaling more than $100,000 in its first two years, an expansion from five to seven designers this season bodes well for a record-breaking year in 2024.

This week, we take a look at the seven special Pride designs—feel free to get inspired and step into Pride Month with a renewed energy.

Blake Kuwahara shared The Fickett Pride on Instagram. Image via blakekuwahara on Instagram

Christian Roth showcased the rainbow lens on the 2024 Pride design. Image via christianrotheyewear on Instagram

Krewe introduced its Brigitte in Cherry over Fierte, French for Pride. Image via krewe on Instagram

Selima Optique shared its design on Instagram and discussed the importance of this annual initiative. Image via selimaoptique on Instagram

l.a.Eyeworks shared its limited edition Rivera sunglass as part of the initiative. Image via laeyeworks on Instagram