VonZipper, the eyewear specialist, has hired Josh Hartley as global design director and chief officer of product.

“To be joining the VZ team at such an incredible time of evolution in our market could not be more appealing to me,” said Hartley. “I am excited at the opportunity to apply the culmination of experience I have learned over the years to lead VonZipper’s diverse product offering. Designing eyewear is both romantic and technical at the same time. I enjoy the detail, the lack of boundaries and the inherent style that comes with the right frame. The future is bright; I can’t wait to get after it.”

Hartley will be in charge of global design direction for all VonZipper product initiatives, including the development of product strategies and line segmentation. He will report directly to brand founder and President Greg Tomlinson and will work in close collaboration with the internal sales and art departments in California, as well as VZ’s international partners, and factories to achieve the brand vision worldwide.

“I have admired Josh’s creativity for quite some time, and truth be told, we’ve been talking about teaming up for what seems like ages,” said Tomlinson. “The fact that Josh shares similar interests and aesthetics as the brand, as well as close relationships with our factories, I feel he is a perfect complement to forward and achieve VZ’s design aspiration.”