Workplace Guide: A labour of love

Lucy Patchett speaks to Good Karma Eyewear founders Lisa Laurent and Julie Bridgewater about pursuing a life-long dream

Lisa Laurent and Julie Bridgewater co-owned an optical practice together but dreamt of launching their own eyewear brand. In April 2022, the duo finally made the leap and launched Good Karma Eyewear. Today, the business sells to around 150 independent optical practices across the UK.

Bridgewater says: ‘We couldn’t have done it without Covid as it gave us the time to concentrate on it because we’re busy, work full-time, and we’re wives, mothers, all that stuff, and so it was good to have the downtime to fit it in.’

Like many, the pandemic made Laurent and Bridgewater reevaluate their priorities and career paths, leading them to jumpstart their business idea. Laurent says: ‘It’s been a dream for 20 years to have my own eyewear brand, but I didn’t think it was possible before.’

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