HOW IT ALL STARTED
LiP founder Dirk Michielsen – a Belgian national, dedicated windsurfer and award-winning eyewear designer with 20 years of experience – has been an outdoors man his whole life. Getting hooked on windsurfing at the age of 18, he started out by shaping his own boards. An art degree in his pocket and his mind set on becoming a full-on surfer, Dirk moved to Taiwan, one of the windiest places on the planet.
At the age of 24 he landed his first eyewear design job and in the two decades since has continuously strived to develop the perfect watershade. Following the Aqua Shade and the Shark, which won him an iF Design Award, Dirk decided to take matters into his own hands.
With complete control over design, production and quality, packing in years of experience both as a designer and a waterman, he came out with the Typhoon, the finest and most advanced eyewear for watersports on the market today.