This month, I feel incredibly fortunate to have encountered so many amazing people emblematic of their craft. On our cover, we feature legendary jazz drummer Billy Kaye, who not only has played and toured the world with greats like Thelonius Monk and Count Basie, he also competed in the 1952 Olympics in track & field. Iconic.
Starting on page 28, we lay down some style harmonies with Kaye plus five more prolific NYC-based jazz musicians in our Iconic. fashion feature to reveal the coolest men’s trends in eyewear right now—shot at Fat Cat club in New York by coveted jazz photographer Kasia Idzkowska.
A huge thank-you to Fat Cat for hosting us, and to jazz trumpeter + producer Antoine Drye for his help in making this vision a reality. You can catch a behind-the-scenes look right here (and on our Instagram)—the EB team was honored to have iconic edCFDA designer + eyewear retailing phenom Selima Salaun join us for creative input.
Also in this issue, don’t miss EB’s essential annual Regional Trends Report (What’s in Your Region? starting on page 44), which unpacks critical competitive intel—U.S. region by region—culled from our BIG focus group study. Dig in.
We hope you enjoy the issue!
Erinn Morgan, Editor-in-Chief + Editorial Director