She used to always wear a pair of huge, wacky black glasses and I have to ask: What happened to them? She laughs: ‘These days, I think they’re a bit too much in terms of eyewear. Did you know they were old sunglasses that I had fitted with transparent glass?’ And yes, she admits, she also wore them to mock her role as the main busybody and organizer behind her husband Roderick’s brand. She still loves glasses, though. ‘Why do you think I carry such a large bag?’ She whisks out a big, transparent pair with flexible legs. ‘Philippe Starck.’ And yet another large pair, with salmon-coloured frames. ‘I see eyewear as a fashion accessory and fashion is one of my great loves. That’s what I originally wanted to do. Before I enrolled at the Design Academy in Eindhoven, I took an entrance exam at Sint Joost in Breda, but it just wasn’t my cup of tea. I would have had to sit behind a sewing machine all day long. I can see how things should be, but I’m no good at putting them together.’ But Claire Vos is very good at a lot of other things, as it turned out. First at PR, purchasing and sales at the well-known interior design shop of the Vos family in Groningen. Later at setting up the Roderick Vos brand and the accompanying web shop and showroom.