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We’re proud to introduce a new design that represents the ideals of creativity and innovation that we share with Ghostly International, the always-evolving record label and art company.

Meet Henning, a minimalist yet meticulous pair of glasses crafted from premium matte acetate and Japanese matte titanium.

Starting at $145

To commemorate Henning, we asked three makers and innovators (including Sam Valenti, founder of Ghostly) to give us an insider’s look into their own practice.
Justin Carter
DJ, musician, and co-founder of Mister Saturday Night and Nowadays
It blows my mind all the time that I get to learn about music and then share it with people, and that somehow I make a living off of it.
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Best part about your job: It blows my mind all the time that I get to learn about music and then share it with people, and that somehow I make a living off of it. (It hardly seems like a job, to be honest.)

A proud accomplishment: Nowadays, the new 16,000-square-foot backyard space in Ridgewood that I opened with my DJ partner, Eamon Harkin, and our friend Mark Connell. It takes a lot to open a place in New York City!

A current challenge: Right now I have a lot on my plate: running Mister Sunday, Nowadays and our label—and, of course, DJing. The challenge is to keep Mister Sunday and Nowadays feeling homey; to continue releasing high caliber music on the label; and to keep discovering new music and practicing so that I DJ well.

Someone who inspires you: Shamir. He’s made my favorite album of the year, and he transcends all categorization, whether it is sexual orientation, genre, or gender. It seems to me that Shamir is just Shamir.

A dream innovation: Subwoofers that can deliver massive feeling to the dance floor without disturbing the neighbors.

Personal theme song: “A Song For You” by Leon Russell. (Donny Hathaway’s cover is also incredible.)

Current favorite Ghostly artist: Michna. He worked at Etherea, one of the first record stores I went to in New York. He's a great guy, and he schooled me on so much music! It makes me smile to know he’s doing his thing and doing it well.

Secret talent: I make a mean tomato sauce—technique learned from a Florentine chef and my wife’s Italian-American mama.

Favorite word: Yes.

Personal motto: Sometimes it works; other times it only kind of works; but you’ve always gotta try.

Shawna X
Visual artist and designer
My current challenge is figuring out how to maintain my voice in so much noise.
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Best part about your job: I live in my mind, make my thoughts tangible, and people seem to like it. I am constantly flattered that people are interested in what I have to say visually.

A proud accomplishment: Leaving a stable/cushy life and moving to NYC nine months ago on a whim—with no job, no friends, and no place to live.

A current challenge: The creative's struggle to remain creative, true to her/himself, while hustling to make it mean something to everyone else. My current challenge is figuring out how to maintain my voice in so much noise.

Someone who inspires you: My 18-year-old brother, who's basically a sage, gives me so much life perspective.

A dream innovation: A transportation pod, with a soft, fluffy interior—and a full bar with speakers for the five minutes it takes to go from one place to the next.

Personal theme song: “Coconut” by Fever Ray

Current favorite Ghostly artist: HTRK

Secret talent: I subconsciously mix up two to three words to describe something, so I end up with a secret language only certain people can understand. I think this comes from growing up speaking Chinglish (mix of Chinese and English) with my parents.

Favorite word: Palette + Palate = both speak the world to me.

Personal motto: Always remember the power of the perspective.

Sam Valenti IV
Founder of Ghostly and co-founder of Drip
Don't let the fact that others are doing it wrong stop you from doing it right.
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Best part about your job: Oh, the people you meet.

A proud accomplishment: The Jordan/Magic/Bird painting I did in 5th grade or some of the early Ghostly press releases. Peaked early.

A current challenge: How to build awesome teams.

Someone who inspires you: I watch a lot of writers and artists talk on YouTube. I admire seeing how creative people respond outside of their comfort zone.

A dream innovation: Invisible earplugs. Visible cred.

Personal theme song: I was lucky to find mine early in life (1984). “Axel F” by Harold Faltermeyer

Current favorite Ghostly artist: The newest one is the best one, always. A recent favorite release is Heathered Pearls’ album, which reminds him (and me) of late nights on Detroit Freeways.

Secret talent: Getting stores/establishments to let me in when they are just about to close.

Favorite word: Overuse the word “ace.” I wish I used the word “trivial” more, with a cool sense of dismissal. Too Midwestern, I guess.

Personal motto: Don't let the fact that others are doing it wrong stop you from doing it right. Which is from a very lowbrow source...