Photo by Jessica Keller: Zac Cooper, owner of Coopers Optique in Uptown, stands in front of a piece of his own artwork he has hanging in his optical store while holding models for eye glasses he designed himself based on his artwork.
Photo by Jessica Keller: Zac Cooper, owner of Coopers Optique in Uptown, stands in front of a piece of his own artwork he has hanging in his optical store while holding models for eye glasses he designed himself based on his artwork.

Although Zac Cooper, owner of Coopers Optique, a designer eyewear boutique in Uptown, has worked with glasses for a number of years, he only recently decided to take his business to the next level.

In addition to running his eyewear business, which specializes in high-end glasses frames, Cooper said he is also an artist, and one day, when downsizing his art collection, he was inspired to create his own designer frames that incorporated his art work.

“I’m a crafty person,” Cooper said, adding that combining his love for art with eyewear sounded like a fun challenge and the next step in his business.

After some sketching and seeing which artwork was suitable for the glasses frames he had in mind, Boldazza Eyewear was launched.

“I think I’ve always in the back of my mind wanted to do this when I opened my store,” Cooper said. “It’s fun. I’m excited for this.”

Cooper designed the frames himself, taking into account eyewear styles currently on trend in Europe, knowing they will soon become popular in America.

After working with a graphic designer, the final drawings were sent to a company that makes glasses frames in Europe, and had a small selection of eyewear made.

The glasses, which can be either sunglasses or regular eyewear, come in six different colors that feature some pattern of his artwork.

“I kind of just went a little bit bigger and chunkier,” Cooper said, adding his first line of Boldazza frames are designed for women in mind, but he will expand in the coming year. “This evolved fairly quickly.

Cooper said he is close with his mother, Kathy, and wanted his first eyewear line to honor her. Future lines will honor other family members.

“Family is a good pillar of my values,” Cooper said.

With one design behind him, Cooper said his goals for 2022 will be to create five more models, including for men and one for children.

“It’s not the design that’s the difficult part, it’s the artwork,” Cooper said, adding one of the challenges is determining what part of his artwork is ideal for his frames. Not every piece of art is suitable for eyewear. For his first line, he featured the strong lines and primary colors he created in one of his pieces.

Not all of his artwork will work on glasses frames, he said, nor will he create artwork with his eyewear line in mind.

“You can’t put art in a box,” Cooper said.

Cooper said, while he is proud of what he created, he doesn’t see his eyewear lines expanding, at least initially, beyond Coopers Optique. For now, he’s just interested in creating eyewear featuring his artwork for his Seattle customers and seeing where his creativity takes him.

“I’m OK keeping it small for now,” he said. “I’d like it to grow organically. I think it’s always going to include the art.”

Currently, people can pre-order Cooper’s eyewear at Coopers Optique, 315 First Ave. N., in Uptown, across from Climate Pledge Arena. Go to https://coopersoptique.com for more information, or follow Coopers Optique on Facebook.