Getting to Know Edward Beiner

The eyewear designer unveils his favorite places, things, and bites.

Photo by George Kamper

Eyewear designer Edward Beiner understood style from an early age. Beiner’s father was a jeweler in Brazil, so he was familiar with the design process. His own love of accessories and eyewear in particular took off after he visited an optical boutique in Toronto. “I saw the level of intricacy that goes into designing a true quality frame, and I had such an appreciation for the artistry,” he says. After earning degrees in history and optics from Ryerson University, Beiner opened his first store in Miami in 1981. Over time, he expanded to 11 Florida outposts, including locations on Worth Avenue and in The Gardens Mall. At once dedicated to quality and innovation, Beiner recently launched a 3D-printed line and continues to craft glasses with the same attention to detail he appreciates in his collections of watches, shoes, and classic cars. A Miami resident and Palm Beach regular together with Daniela, his wife of 34 years, and their two sons, Beiner also has a home in Park City, Utah.  


Signature accessory: Glasses, always

Favorite pair: Ones I designed from my 3D-printed collection.

Wardrobe essentials: A nice pair of shoes, my Breitling Navitimer watch, and whichever pair of eyewear I’m in the mood to wear that day. I always switch it up.

Next purchase: Probably another pair of shoes. I really love the Adidas sneakers with the green label.

Favorite local dish: Glazed duck at Café Boulud

Signature drink: A Negroni

Karaokes in the car to: I love Brazilian music, especially Milton Nascimento, so I always go back to that.

Movie he’s seen more than 10 times: Grand Prix with Steve McQueen. It made me realize my love for cars.

Next travel destination: Croatia

Ideal last meal: My first course would be cacio e pepe, then a nice branzino with a side of grilled veggies. I’d finish off with a rich dark chocolate mousse and a glass of sweet wine.

Binge watches: Chernobyl

Beloved vista: The top of the Sunset Peak Trail in Utah.
Soundtrack from his teen years: Anything by Led Zeppelin

Book he wishes he’d written: The Age of Wonder by Richard Holmes

Dream car: I have so many favorites, but the Ferrari Dino probably tops the list.

Go-to board games: Risk, Monopoly, and Checkers. We always played those when my sons were kids.

Guilty pleasure junk food: Talenti Sicilian pistachio gelato

Last great read: Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built by Duncan Clark. My kids

gave it to me.

Hidden talent: I’m a secret mechanic. I love cars and have gotten very good at fixing them.

Best advice he’s received: Don’t look back—just move on.

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