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My fabulous Friday: Sheila Vance

The celebrity-favourite designer and CEO of Sama Eyewear talks Hollywood eye couture, the LA life, and her love for baseball, hiking and giving back to society

By Shreeja Ravindranathan
1 Mar 2016 | 03:26 pm
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Counting the moments

I don’t know what a day off is because when you have an international business one part of the world is always working and there’s no real weekend. But I find opportunities to create relaxing moments within my day. If I want to take time off to think, or design a new collection, I start with a hike and yoga. Then I sit in my office and translate that experience in writing or drawing or design. I love to mix pleasure and work. It’s the moments off in a day that matter.


Shade-y celebs

Of all the films I’ve designed eyewear for (including Mission Impossible III and Terminator 3), what we created for Moneyball was one of my favourites. Brad Pitt wanted an aviator look for his character, who’s in charge of a baseball team. He didn’t want it to be too fashionable but rather to emphasise his character as a serious, powerful man. The fact that he chose Sama felt amazing!


Aye to eyewear

I chose to design eyewear over other accessories because I love sunglasses, and I’ve worn prescription glasses since I was seven years old. It’s the first thing you see on a person’s face and it’s the easiest and most efficient way to create a story.


Take a hike

LA has many beautiful hiking trails and my favourite is Solstice. It’s a 7km trail in Malibu dotted with waterfalls, and when you get to the top, you have a 360-degree ocean view. Stunning!


Baseball buff

I’m a huge baseball fan. It’s an amazing sport that has a lot to do with mathematics. It’s the only game I really sit and watch and can never tire of. But I’m a shallow fan, so don’t ask me for names of players!

Social foresight

I started the Sam Vance foundation back in 1998 after losing our 19-year-old son to drug overdose. We raise money from a portion of the sales and direct them to charities involved in alcohol rehabilitation, establishments that prevent child trafficking, etc. There are too many destructive things out there ruining lives for families and children. I believe that I can’t be going up a ladder if I can’t take everyone else with me.


Au naturel

I love Dr Lancer’s skincare products. I believe the era of make-up is over. It’s going to be all about naturally beautiful skin. Dr Lancer focuses on just that.


LA lady

After living in Europe, the Middle East and Canada, we settled down in Los Angeles. It’s a perfect mix of fast pace and laid-back charm. I enjoy scuba-diving here.

By Shreeja Ravindranathan

By Shreeja Ravindranathan

Lifestyle Writer