About Us

Brett Cates and Addie Bogart

Once upon a long drive Brett Cates and Addie Bogart were on the phone and brainstorming about a mutual customer from Alaska who was flying down to see them.
They thought, “Let’s make this something special! Why not have a show that focused around her and independent eyewear?” ONLY independent frame lines and were invited.
The first show was met with immediate success and encouragement from industry professionals, and so The After Party was born.

Scott Balestreri, Business Partner & Owner of Bad Ass Optical

Having successfully launched optical practices and his own lab in Richmond, CA Scott acts as our sounding board and uses his excellent connections and friendships to curate the education for each show. In his spare time he collects vintage guitars and amps and is a regular volunteer with The Mindful Eyes foundation and Project Homeless Connect in San Francisco and the East Bay.