Tracy Vontélle Green and Nancey Harris Tell Us All About Their Brand, Vontélle

We absolutely adore meeting with female founders of fashion and style brands, and after speaking with Tracy Vontélle Green and Nancey Harris, we can officially say we're their biggest fans.

Together, the pair owns the optical brand Vontélle, and it's a brand that needs to be on everyone's radars—especially if you wear glasses! We just had to know more about the duo, and they told us all about themselves and their brand, below!

Name: Tracy Vontélle Green

Hometown: Brooklyn, New York

Zodiac sign: Sagittarius

 

Name: Nancey Harris

Hometown: Brooklyn, New York

Zodiac sign: Leo

Fun Facts:

1. Tracy has been obsessed with style since middle school:

"I can remember as far back as middle school I was obsessed with style. I remember subscribing to fashion magazines—Seventeen, Teen Vogue, Ebony, Jet and clipping out the fashion pages and making collages."

-Tracy Vontélle Green

2. Nancey especially loved watching the red carpets in the mid-'80s and '90s:

"I loved viewing the Academy Awards, Grammy, Emmy, and Soul Train Awards to watch celebrities saunter in fancy jeweled and form-fitting gowns. After the program, I'd purchase different rag and tabloid magazines that shared what and who people were wearing."

-Nancey Harris

 

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3. Tracy and Nancey went to college together at Morgan State University.

4. Together, the two co-own the brand Vontélle:

"Vontélle is a Black women-owned, designed, and operated luxury eyewear company providing bespoke textiles and prints from the African diaspora on optical frames and sunglasses. We offer sizes that complement diverse faces, fulfill prescriptions and custom lens color/tints including blue light blocker lenses."

-Tracy Vontélle Green and Nancey Harris

5. Nancey always reaches for black pants and a crisp white linen shirt, while Tracy goes for a blazer.

6. Tracy and Nancey love the Aztec Archetypes ($369) and Rwanda Wayfarers ($179) from their brand.

 

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7. The best piece of advice Tracey has received is to always ask for help:

"Ask! The worse thing they can say is no."

8. Nancey loves to travel:

"I love to travel with my family and friends. My goal is to visit every continent and learn about other traditions and see how other people live. This will allow me to expand my knowledge and embrace cultures and differences. These customs also provide ideas and influence our brand to design eyewear for people globally."

-Nancey Harris

9. Vontélle is changing the optical world:

"For centuries, many of us have been wearing ill-fitting glasses. From our research and firsthand experiences, many optical wearers have endured the painful line across our noses, indentations on the cheeks and headaches. Thus, Vontélle created comfortable fitting eyewear with wider bridges for your nose, longer temples for behind the ears and larger lenses for high cheekbones; plus, we added luxurious materials, colors and patterns. Size matters!"

-Tracy Vontélle Green and Nancey Harris

10. Tracy is a sucker for pantsuits.

11. Nancey loves this quote by Eleanor Roosevelt:

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."

-Eleanor Roosevelt

 

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12. Tracy always thinks positive.

"I am a glass-half-full person. I do not limit myself and I don't compare myself to others. I realized early on that everyone has their own journey, likes and dislikes and that's okay. We need diversity in everything. If the world only had doctors, what would they wear?"

-Tracy Vontélle Green

13. Tracy and Nancey have donated over 100 free eyewear exams and given prescription eyewear to people experiencing homelessness.

14. Nancey loves rocking a two-piece suit with a pop of color.

15. Tracy can never have enough accessories in her everyday looks.

 

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