Eric Dickstein of Vancouver-based Dutil Eyewear has collaborated with drummer Brad Wilk on a limited-edition sunglasses collection to raise money for the homeless.
Wilk has played powerhouse timekeeper to bands like Rage Against the Machine, Prophets of Rage, and Audioslave.
The pair are also auctioning off a Wilk-signed Gretsch drum kit donated by DW drums. Both the sunglasses and the kit raise money for PATH—a California nonprofit dedicated to finding permanent housing for those in need.
Dickstein and Wilk have known each other since they were two, spending their childhood in Southern California’s San Fernando Valley and sharing a love of music. Dickstein vividly remembers jumping around the house to MTV.
While Wilk went on to play on multiplatinum records and the stages of the world’s biggest music festivals, Dickstein worked with Los Angeles premium eyewear brand Oliver Peoples. He later moved into designing his own eyewear styles via Dutil and his Vancouver-based store Durant Sessions. The Dutil microbrand has collaborated with other creatives, from Vancouver artist Andy Dixon to English actor Samuel Barnett.
“I’ve known Eric my entire life and we’ve always been fans of each other,” says Wilk, who will be part of Rage’s recently announced Vancouver tour stop on May 1 at the Pacific Coliseum as part of the band’s reunion tour—its first gigs since 2011. “We’ve always wanted to work on a project together to give back to the community.”
“We share a passion for music and that’s a big part of the DNA for Dutil Eyewear,” Dickstein adds. “There are a lot of parallels in our work: drummers keep the rhythm and there’s a certain rhythm to concise eyewear, too.”
Staying friends into adulthood, Wilk and Dickstein have combined their skills on classic sunglasses with a Southern Californian vibe. Wilk has a well-known affinity for the number three, so the collab features 33 frames in both navy and black. Designed in Vancouver and crafted by artisans in Sabae, Japan, each pair comes with custom cleaning cloths and a custom case.
The Dutil x Brad Wilk eyewear collection is available at Durant Sessions (315 West Cordova Street and 2539 Main Street in Vancouver) and select optical stores around North America. Meanwhile, watch for the drum-kit auction when it goes live online; see dutileyewear.com/ for more details.