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Ralph Vaessen (born in Heerlen, The Netherlands on August 28, 1966) is a Dutch designer. He studied Public Administration and worked for the Dutch government for over 15 years.
Ralph Vaessen started to design eyewear early 2006. He was looking for new frames for eyeglasses for himself, but he couldn’t find what he was looking for. An optician told him that he knew a small atelier that could produce a single set of frames if Ralph Vaessen could make a drawing of the shape he wanted. Ralph Vaessen, who was already looking for a career change, saw an opportunity. “Why produce only one private set of frames? Why not produce a complete collection?” He decided to quit his job and to start a career as a designer of premium, sophisticated and luxurious handcrafted natural horn eyewear. Contemporary classics for the real discerning connoisseur.

Model Spyker, designed on request by the Dutch (sports) car manufacturer Spyker, was nominated for the “Oscars” for eyewear; the Silmo d’Or in the category sunglasses 2010 by independent & innovative designers. The 2010 campaign, the “Spyker & private jet” photo&film shoot inspired by the classis music video “Slave to Love” by Bryan Ferry, was announced as one of the coolest of Men's Accessories S/S 2010 Campaigns.
Ralph Vaessen’s eyewear appears the international film “Black Butterflies” and in the Dutch movie “170 Hz”. They will also featured in the new movie "Jackie" with Carice van Houten. Ralph Vaessen is since October 2010 also consultant/creative director of the “Van Gils eyewear by Ralph Vaessen” collection.
The renewed website was nominated at TheFWA (award site for web design). At Design Licks it was site of the day (November 7th 2011) and at the Design Charts top 40 it entered straight at number one (from 14th November till 21st November 2011) and it has been voted as No. 5 best website worldwide in 2011. It also won the DOPE award.

Appreciated by:
Laetitia Casta, Anton Corbijn, Carice van Houten, Christian Louboutin, David Lynch, John Malkovich, Kate Moss, Rihanna and Pharrell.
Available in selected prestigious stores including:
Barneys New York, Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche, Colette, 10 Corso Como, L’Eclaireur, Excelsior Milano, Luisa via Roma, Quartier 206 and TSUM.