The Cabrio collection is the first eyewear collection designed by Bieke HOET, the designer and manager of the family owned Hoet design studio in Bruges, founded in 1997. 
Taking a different direction than her father Patrick Hoet, Bieke studied interior designer.

During the first 10 years at the HOET design studio, she was occupied with everything but eyewear design. 
She developed a furniture collection, was responsible for the booth layout during eyewear events, and she founded and enhanced the Hoet eyecatchers collection with new designs.
In addition to new products, she realized several projects as product manager for her father. It all started with one model: the Cabrio Firebird (visor + sunglasses in one piece). 
Initially, this solo model was integrated as a playful item to enhance the Hoet eyecatchers collection.

The Cabrio collection  – a natural development of this first design - was founded in 2009 and grew initially into a full-fledged sunglasses line.

In the meantime it has evolved into a varied 3D printed collection, which also includes optical glasses.  
Design concept
The use of new materials and techniques creates added values and aesthetics in eyewear design. This is basically the idea and motivation of the Cabrio collection.

Driven by curiosity, Bieke Hoet continuously explores new materials, techniques and manufacturers. A virtual library has grown during the years.

Through trial and error, by pushing a material to its edge of performance, by applying techniques unknown in the eyewear business, new concepts with new added values are created.