As part of our founder interview series, we speak with Tim Holland and Robbert Wefers-Bettink from Dick Moby about their journey from surf buddies to business partners.
How did you two founders team up? What were you doing before Dick Moby?
We met in Amsterdam while we were studying. But before we started Dick Moby we both worked in different fields. Robbert worked as fashion designer and Tim as visual designer.
How is the acetate in your frames different from other glasses?
We use a plant-based acetate that is produced without crude-oil or toxic plasticizers. And our black frames are made from recycled acetate.
How would you describe the style of Dick Moby? What is your design process like?
We design classical inspired timeless shapes and love to work with colour. The design process is very user centred with lots of prototyping. Even 0,5 mm can make a huge difference in eyewear, so we make sure we try all of our designs on as many faces before we go into production.
How did you decide to focus on sunglasses in particular?
We wanted to do something with bio and recycled plastic due to the plastic soup in the ocean. So when we started to think about plastic and beaches we ended up with sunglasses.
What are your favourite go-to frames to wear?
Robbert currently wears the Barcelona and Tim wears the Marseille.
Ethical fashion is an extremely broad topic. What is your definition of ‘ethical fashion’?
Think before you produce.
While it is clear Dick Moby has high environmental values, what steps do you take to ensure they are ethically and responsibly made?
We source all materials and suppliers ourselves and visit them regularly. It’s the only way to know for sure.
How do you try to live more sustainably in your personal life?
From recycling waste to riding bicycles, eating wholesome food and shopping sustainable brands. We fully incorporate sustainability in our daily lives.
What do you look for in other fashion brands that you support?
Style and quality of products, where and how they are produced and what materials are used.
You have clearly established yourself as an awesome sunglasses brand. If you wanted to expand beyond sunglasses, what would you make?
We have our hands full with eyewear at the moment but who knows what the future will bring. But whatever we come up with it will always have a sustainable DNA.