NEW YORK—Each June, millions of people around the world come together to celebrate Pride—30 days set aside to remember the Stonewall Uprising, Pride marches and LGBTQ+ liberation movements, as well as to celebrate the inclusive future ahead of us. From Pride parades in cities and towns to commemorative memorials for those who lost their lives due to their sexuality, there are countless ways to celebrate Pride month. The optical community has been celebrating Pride too, with special collections, décor and parties to show support for the community. 

This week, we’re taking a look at how some indies are celebrating Pride. There’s still some time left in June, and Pride Month, so feel free to get inspired.
Huntley Eye Care in Huntley, Illinois, shared a supportive message for Pride, as well as a look at some colorful frames in stock. Image via huntleyeyecare on Instagram

Coti Vision shared its colorful collection to celebrate Pride. Image via coti_vision on Instagram

The Dr. Tavel team in Indianapolis wished all a happy Pride month. Image via drtavel on Instagram

Robert Marc in New York City showcased its rainbow Pride windows. Image via robertmarcnyc on Instagram

Eyes on Trade in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is planning to give away bright, colorful stickers, pins and bracelets at the local Pride festival. Image via eyesontrade on Instagram

In Dublin, Ireland, independent shop Optica Dublin showcased l.a.Eyework’s Tutto Bene. Image via optica_dublin on Instagram

l.a.Eyeworks showed off a beautiful rainbow window display at its flagship Los Angeles location. l.a.Eyeworks released a special sunglass style, Tutto Bene, for Pride in partnership with the CFDA and four other independent eyewear designers. The five independent CFDA eyewear designers Blake Kuwahara Eyewear, Christian Roth Eyewear, Krewe Eyewear, l.a.Eyeworks and Selima Optique, will each offer a limited edition sunglass design, with a portion of proceeds collectively benefiting the TransLatin@ Coalition. Accompanying the limited edition eyewear designs is a dedicated lens cleaning cloth created exclusively for the initiative by New York-based artist Pedro Silva. Image via laeyeworks on Instagram

Blake Kuwahara, also part of the CFDA’s Pride partnership, showcased its limited edition Randloph frame in the Pride colorway. Image via blakekuwahara on Instagram

Christian Roth debuted Armer with a rainbow spectrum tint as part of the initiative. Image via christianrotheyewear on Instagram

Selima Optique showcased its Pride frame, hand painted by artist Pedro Silva. Image via selimaoptique on Instagram

Limited edition Amore is Krewe’s Pride initiative design. The independent brand showcased it on local creator Dalton Smiley. Image via krewe on Instagram