In the history of eyewear, there was no company that had greater influence on the industry than Vilhelm Anger’s company OPTYL. Its own brands, Viennaline and Carrera dominated the eyewear world for decades. It's licensed brands Christian Dior, Dunhill, Playboy, Paloma Picasso and Christian Lacroix set new standards for innovation and beauty.
The 'Infant Terrible' of eyewear, Udo was creative, an obsessive, and highly troubled individual. His personal life is a matter of record and we leave it to the books and films already made about this to tell that story. We celebrate the creative genius here.
OPTYL'sluxury brand, Serge Kirchhofer, was the personal playground of the creative director for Viennaline and Carrera; the controversial Udo Proksch. In his own words "Serge Kirchhofer ist Udo" and even his passport carried the Serge Kirchhofer name.
Described by Udo as a cross between Salvadore Dali and Christian Dior, the collections were an inspired marriage of the surreal with the classic and his perfectionism touched every detail, from product to packaging to photography.
Last year Brando's dream team acquired ownership of the personal archive of Udo Proksch, held in a private museum in Vienna. This included more than 8,000 eyewear designs and prototypes, sufficient inspiration to influence Brando's designers for many years to come.