The Leisure Collective Inc. (TLC), distributors of Creatures of Leisure and OTIS Eyewear, announced the appointment of Eric Carlson as president, Americas.

“We are really pleased to have an executive of Eric Carlson’s caliber join our team to lead us in the Americas Region,” said Stephen Gerard, principal, TLC. “Eric brings 25 years of eyewear and action sports accomplishments to the team after leading many aspects of Smith’s business for years. Carlson will move into the newly created president role to lead our growth across each brand throughout the Americas.”

At Smith, Carlson led brand, product, design, creative, social, and e-com teams on a global level.

“As an admitted product geek, I’m really excited about joining The Leisure Collective and its dynamic team. Coming from the eyewear industry, I’ve always been incredibly impressed by the beauty of OTIS and as a part-time Oregon surfer I really appreciate the innovative spirit at Creatures of Leisure. The product, team riders, and raw perspective of Western Australia is showcased in everything they do and with the DNA of the brands fully rooted in craftsmanship, quality, and durability, I’m eager to support the amazing growth potential already at their fingertips. I look forward to joining the team, living up to the independent values each brand represents, and grow this small but mighty giant in and across our markets.”

The Leisure Collective Inc. is a privately held company, based in Carlsbad, CA.

Photo courtesy OTIS Eyewear