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Al-Farouq Aminu for Geek

Last week in Vegas, I had the pleasure of interviewing NBA Clippers basketball player, Al-Farouq Aminu.  Al-Farouq has a cool, fun sense of style and has teamed up with Geek Eyewear.  Geek was started by Alena Lehrer.  Alena began rummaging through flee markets and finding vintage eyewear frames wherever possible.  She brought the idea of “geeky” glasses to LBI (glasses manufacturer) and proved to them that there’s a niche for this trend of eyewear.  The campaign for the line turned into “geeks come in all sizes and colors”.   The idea of 40 different types of “geeky” frames that can fit all types of faces was genius to me.  I love the look and feel of this collection.  Al-Farouq is so “brand right” and I’m excited to share a little of his side of the story with you.  Let me know what you think of the line!

Al-Farouq Aminu- NBA Basketball Player 

How do you describe your personal style?

“I don’t like to follow a trend, I like to do stuff on my own.  I don’t like to wear what everybody else is wearing, I try to do something a little different.”

What’s the first thing you look for in your closet when getting ready?  Do you have a favorite thing to wear?

“I really have a fascination for button-up, short sleeve shirts.  I don’t know why but I love them.  I just recently started getting different types of pants not just normal jeans.  I like cargo pants, those are probably my favorite right now.”

Do you have a style icon?

“Not really.  I might take bits and pieces.  I might see someone wearing a nice shirt or somebody who has good shoes but I don’t really like to take somebody’s whole entire outfit.  I don’t want to copy anybody.”

Now that you’ve been part of the NBA for over a year, do you feel pressure to fit a status as far as clothing/style?  Did you change the way you dressed?

“Sometimes.  Not like crazy, but sometimes it’s just natural to buy things.  Like everyone just has a Gucci belt or everyone has a Louis bag.  So if you come on a plane with a cheap belt, people are like looking, it just becomes a custom.  People aren’t going to say “you need to get a better belt” but it’s implied.  Somebody might talk about your belt.  So yeah, you don’t have to necessarily get a fancy belt, but you’re held to a higher standard.”

Has eyewear always been something you wore?

“I really started wearing glasses when I started going to college, about 2-3 years ago.  I used to always wear big frames.  I never wore glasses so I thought it was cool to wear glasses from time to time.”

What’s your favorite shape/style of glasses from Geek?

“Yeah, these are the ones that are for me, they’re called the Rouq3.  I like them a lot.  I like the shape a lot and one day want to get them in gold or a different color so I they stand out a little bit.  You gotta start out with something solid first though and I like how it’s all one color.  I like them all a little bigger, so people don’t just think they’re normal glasses.”

What intrigued you to work with and wear Geek eyewear?

“After I wore a lot of their glasses, they contacted my agent and they wanted to do something together.  I looked up LBI and thought it was a great opportunity.”

What’s your favorite part of working with Geek?

“Free glasses!!  Haha.  They say one day I’ll be able to go to China and help out.  They said I can design my case and cloth that goes with them.  It’s been quick, only a year, so it’s been hard to get into the design of them but one day I will be able to.”

Are the glasses you wear prescription or just for style?

“No, it’s just for the look.”

Outside of basketball, what are some of your favorite things to do?

“I like to draw.  I really like video games, big time!  I like all types, like Madden and Black Hawk.  I’ve started gardening too.  I’m growing peppers, tomatoes, cilantro and spices.”

What’s next for you and Geek eyewear?

“I’d like to become more hands-on with it.”

24 Comments

  1. Ana wrote:

    This is so cool! Love the interview. I love that eyewear has become so popular, that people wear it just for fun even if they don’t have an Rx. Great job, Ambyr!

    Friday, September 30, 2011 at 5:13 AM | Permalink
  2. pamela hanks wrote:

    Great interview Ambyr, Love the eyewear!

    Friday, September 30, 2011 at 8:12 AM | Permalink
  3. Molliee wrote:

    He looks great! I love the nerdy look!

    Friday, September 30, 2011 at 9:17 AM | Permalink
  4. Dawne wrote:

    This is a great interview. Nice job, Love to see a man’s side of how he decides what his style will be, especially a guy so young.

    Friday, September 30, 2011 at 10:04 AM | Permalink
  5. Krystle wrote:

    This is a fantastic interview, Ambyr. Way to go!

    Friday, September 30, 2011 at 11:16 AM | Permalink
  6. Lucinda wrote:

    Love thick frames :)

    http://www.oneofplenty.com

    Friday, September 30, 2011 at 11:41 AM | Permalink
  7. Alexandra wrote:

    Great interview! LOVE the eyewear! Lately I’ve been feeling like I should get my eyes checked… Not being able to read street signs while driving is probably not a good thing! Haha! You look super cute too! Love the pants! Leather skinnys?

    xoxo
    -Alexandra
    http://www.fashion-feast.com

    Friday, September 30, 2011 at 11:45 AM | Permalink
  8. ambyr wrote:

    @Alexandra- Yes, leather skinnies! An outfit post is coming next week on them!

    Friday, September 30, 2011 at 11:47 AM | Permalink
  9. skippysays wrote:

    Great interview!

    Friday, September 30, 2011 at 12:00 PM | Permalink
  10. Liv wrote:

    This was a fun interview- I never imagined a young NBA player gardening and its refeshing to get a sense of his more humble and relaxed personality, since NBA players are usually a cliche of show-boating. I rarely come across style blog posts that both my BF and I can enjoy together, but you totally achieved that.

    New Follower,
    Liv @ bklynlifestyle.blogspot.com

    Friday, September 30, 2011 at 12:03 PM | Permalink
  11. ambyr wrote:

    @Liv- Thanks, I’m glad the both of you like my blog. I’m the girl talking sports with the boys, wearing my Victoria’s Secret sports tee and cute heels. Menswear for the BF every Wednesday!

    Friday, September 30, 2011 at 12:12 PM | Permalink
  12. Pam wrote:

    Love the interview Ambyr…congrats :) The Geek eyewear is so unique and stylish….Love it!

    Friday, September 30, 2011 at 12:24 PM | Permalink
  13. Duygu wrote:

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    Friday, September 30, 2011 at 12:24 PM | Permalink
  14. How cool was that and those frames look fabulous on you. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.

    Friday, September 30, 2011 at 12:30 PM | Permalink
  15. letizia wrote:

    I didn’t know him! I love his glasses, really stylish!

    Friday, September 30, 2011 at 12:42 PM | Permalink
  16. Rachel wrote:

    Wow! Cool interview and what a down to earth guy. I love the geek chic look.

    Friday, September 30, 2011 at 1:10 PM | Permalink
  17. Great interview!

    Friday, September 30, 2011 at 1:32 PM | Permalink
  18. Leslie wrote:

    Awesome Ambyr, congrats i love his glasses

    Friday, September 30, 2011 at 4:32 PM | Permalink
  19. Tim Kamarul wrote:

    Nice interview Ambyr!! So can you get these glasses with prescription lenses?? I want some :)

    Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 3:40 AM | Permalink
  20. ambyr wrote:

    @Tim- Yes. They can get a prescription or come without it.

    Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 8:58 AM | Permalink
  21. hi ambyr!
    what a cool awesome interview! he looks like a nice guy and he’s got great style!! love the geek specs and you’ve got some great photos here!! you look beautiful too!! hope your weekend’s going great so far!! ;)
    xoxo ~ kristina

    Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 9:58 AM | Permalink
  22. Evan Medley wrote:

    Ambyr, I think the interview was great! It is nice to get a man’s perspective on styles. The glasses are great. Keep up the good work. I am proud of you.

    Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 12:36 PM | Permalink
  23. Kel wrote:

    I love Geeky glasses, even if I don’t need to wear them. So great to see someone like him jumping on board!
    Lots of love from Sydney,

    x Kel

    loving leather lashings

    Sunday, October 2, 2011 at 3:53 AM | Permalink
  24. Loving the eyewear.. Would go great with some of my college fashion.

    Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at 11:44 AM | Permalink

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