An Interview with Eddie Peng on His Third BOSS Eyewear Collaboration

Was it love at first sight for the Taiwanese-Canadian actor?

BY eugene lim | May 15, 2017 | Accessories

ESQUIRE: This is your third collaboration with BOSS eyewear. How do you feel their range has evolved from when you first fronted the campaign?
EDDIE PENG: I think it’s been an exciting process for me. It’s different because you can see first-hand how BOSS keeps pushing the creative boundaries with every new range. I am fascinated by how their designers keep coming up with new styles each season! Apart from style trends, what really stands out for me is their constant innovation—they are very inventive with their use of different materials. It’s a remarkable process.

ESQ: One of the key innovations this season was the introduction of cork, which was placed at the inner temples. Could you describe how it feels?
EP: Super light! It’s amazing how they could think of using natural materials to add texture to eyewear design. The cork lends a very distinctive touch. I feel it’s a very cool touch.

ESQ: What other new elements from the BOSS Spring/Summer 2017 eyewear do you like?
EP: Some of the SS17 designs introduce a bold dash of colour, but without going overboard. I have always preferred more muted, subtle tones, so I was surprised by how much I actually liked the new colour frames! [Laughs] I think you have to try on a pair to understand what I mean.

ESQ: What is it about a pair of BOSS frames that draws you to them?
EP: It’s the visual appeal first, of course. I like frames that have clean, masculine lines. Nothing too fussy. Then once I’ve tried them on, I start to admire the craftsmanship, the attention to detail and the innovative materials used. Next, I assess how comfortable the fit is. Lastly, how good I look in them! [Laughs]

ESQ: In an interview that was published in the September 2016 issue of Esquire Singapore, one of the things that you talked about was having a good foundation. Of all the frames in the BOSS SS17 eyewear collection, which one would you recommend our readers start with?
EP: Wow. I like so many of them! Okay, maybe I would recommend you start with something very basic. Just look for a simple frame with clean lines that fits your face shape first. Once you’ve established that the style suits you, look for something similar—in a different material, a varying style. They have too many styles for me to remember.

ESQ: What do you look for when selecting a pair of frames?
EP: Versatility and comfort. I want to be able to move from work—whether it’s a film set or an outdoor location—to play without having to worry if the frames will look or feel out of place. That’s usually why I like more classic frames. But it’s important that they are comfortable.

ESQ: Do you have any memories of the first time you put on a pair of BOSS sunglasses, and how they made you feel?
EP: Yes, I do. I lost my sunglasses during filming, so my sister bought me a new pair—and they were from BOSS. I really liked how they fit me and how they looked, so I wore them everywhere! Maybe that’s how they decided I would be the perfect ambassador for the brand? [Laughs] I think I still have them somewhere.

This article was first published in the print edition of Esquire Singapore, May 2017.