Daniel Padilla Is Now An Eyewear Designer—See The Super Cool Collection Inspired By His Musical Influences And Hollywood Idols
It’s amazing how a pair of spectacles can upgrade your #OOTD in a jiffy. And if there’s one celebrity who truly understands and believes in that simple styling trick, it’s none other than the country’s "King of Hearts," Daniel Padilla.
“High school pa lang ako, nagsusuot na ako ng shades. 'Yung una ko pang nabili ay 'yung affordable pero stylish shades from i2i New York (Ever since I was in high school, I would already wear shades. The first ever I bought was a pair of stylish yet affordable shades from i2i New York),” Daniel shared. His passion for eyewear has truly turned full circle as Daniel has specially designed a set of stylish sunglasses for i2i New York aptly called DJP Collection.
The ultra-fashionable DJP frames have been inspired by Daniel’s favorite musical influences and Hollywood idols such as John Lennon, Johnny Depp, and Robert Downey Jr. From cool aviators to hued wayferers, the DJP collection truly embodies the hip, laid-back, and sleek fashion sense of Daniel.
“'Di ko na mabilang 'yung shades [ko] sa sobrang dami. Ang shades kasi sa akin ay importante, kasi kapag naka-shades ako, sobrang kumportable ako (I've lost count of my shades because they're too many. Shades are important for me, because I'm comfortable whenever I wear one),” the young actor said, adding in jest, “'Di ko naman kasi maiiwasan na ang daming nakabantay sa akin, at napakadaming matang nakapaligid sa akin. Kapag naka-shades ako, nagiging kumportable ako at tinitingnan ko rin sila nang hindi nila alam (It's inevitable for many people to watch and surround me. When I'm wearing shades, I get comfortable and I also look at them without them knowing).”
Daniel has been very hands-on with his collaboration with i2i owners Ricco and Tina Ocampo since their partnership last June 2017. “We really took our time for this collection to allow Daniel to really get into the process of designing each piece. After a lot of hits and misses, we really came up with the collection that he really likes and he believes his fans would like,” Tina told Metro.Style. “Because he is really an eyewear fanatic, I’ve also learned a lot from Daniel about what men really need and want in an eyewear.“
The woman behind i2i New York, former fashion model and style icon Tina Ocampo
Tina noted that Daniel was very particular with every material used in the collection, making sure to use the lightest materials that won’t leave a dent on one’s face after long hours of use. The DJP collection has used nylon and polycarbonate materials that are hypoallergenic and highly impact-resistant. The pieces have optically clear frames and lenses that underwent UV treatment.
Daniel Padilla and Tina Ocampo
“DJ has really done his research for this selection, from trendy colors to its style inspirations," Tina shared. "For this selection, we wanted someone who’s also authentic. Daniel actually loves and enjoys wearing eyewear. Even if you look at the way he dresses up, his style basically connects to the eyewear. So there’s really no other perfect choice to be our brand ambassador but DJ."
Photographs by Chris Clemente