LiP Founder Dirk Michielsen, a Belgian national, has been an outdoorman his whole life. Starting from digging in the sandbox in his parents’ back yard since 5 till climbing the rocks all over the world since he was 14, Dirk couldn’t live without having a rush of adrenalin from the nature.
At age18, Dirk had his first taste of windsurfing. With the limited allowance in his pocket, he managed to shape his own board. To become a full-on windsurfer was when he moved to Taiwan, a country with one of the best wind conditions in the world for windsurfing and kitesurfing. With his experience of making his own boards and art-academy-graduate background, on a lovely windy day at a windsurf beach in southern Taiwan, he got his eyewear design job at age 24.
During his 2 decades of eyewear design, Dirk has been trying to create his dream water shade; first was the Aqua Shade and then followed by Shark, which has crowned him an iF Design Award laurel in 2010. With his consistent dedication into watersports, Dirk will never stop until he creates the most perfect water shade for his watersports mates. Typhoon, the LiP water shade, was designed not only with all the advantages of Aqua Shade and Shark, but with even more advanced functions on top such as the wide vision, comfortable fitting for all faces, “anti-losing” system, etc.
As an artist, Dirk has created his own unique shapes which you can recognize in both his eyewear designs and paintings; those fluent lines and shapes disappear as soon as being twisted a tiny little bit. Now every single shape Dirk develops will be well kept within only LiP, and his paintings.