Collectors Spotlight - October 2007 - crmnjst
Age: 39 / New York
crmnjst: Now go home and get your shine box.

About five years since I got my first pair

September of 2001 our offices were relocated temporarily to 14th St. and 5th avenue in Manhattan, at the corner was an independent optometrist who had a couple of Tag Heuer sunglasses on the display window that I thought looked pretty cool. Since I had LASIK surgery done 6 months earlier and the only pair of sunglasses I had were RX Randolph Aviators, which were issued to me while in the military, I figured its time to for me to buy my first pair of non-RX sunglasses. I walked into the store and looked around, in the counter a pair of large grey glasses caught my eye I asked the sales person if I could take a look at them, she told me they were made of Titanium and called Romeos made by Oakley I tried them on and they felt great, I asked the price and I believe she said $300.00, I almost fainted and asked her who in their right mind would pay so much for a pair of sunglasses? I remember telling her I liked them but not that much. All that night all I could think about were those Romeos. The next day I went by the store with a co-worker and showed him the glasses and he told me that they were the same glasses in MI2, so I rented the movie that night and they there were getting blown to bits I was hooked and started to plan on how I could justify buying a $300.00 pair of sunglasses.

I did an e bay search on Romeos, found a guy selling a pair BNIB for $100.00 sent him the money and got a pair of X-metal XX, wrong glasses but still a good price for my first pair.

Passing on a second chance offer of $180.00 for pair of Finito Juliet’s on E-bay.

Definitely a black dial Holeshot.

I would say my Cinder Red Oil Drums because of how I got them, I won them at a Gretchen Bleiler signing at the SoHo O-Store and she signed the box for me, I would have never won them if Bong hadn’t called me and told me that they were having the event at the store. That’s another reason why this site is so great. My 24k Carbon Japanese Exclusive Juliet would also have to share the top spot.

The majority of my collection is in two silver Ikea wall cabinets that I put metal icon stickers on, an Ikea media table and an Oakley Single Tower I got thanks to the best Oakley store manager out there.

It has to be the Williamsburg, Virginia Vault. The manager, Chris is great and the Assistant Manager, Tracie is the best.

All I have done as far as customization is swap out some Juliet lenses and made versions of Carbon Ichiros and Plasma Ti Juliet’s but no lens cutting or nothing like the great customization Oxide has done with his X-Metals.

I would say footwear. I exclusively wear Oakley shoes and have 26 pairs now and growing. I also love the gloves.

I like to snorkel. Cozumel has the best reefs for snorkeling. I also have a sizable Star Wars collection, which is currently stored in bins away from prying little hands. My passion though is my family. Taking vacationing, traveling, and spending time with my children is the greatest thing in the world.

Don’t try to go crazy trying to have the largest collection. Just because you have 100+ pairs of glasses does not make you a better collector than if you had only two. It’s all about the love of the product and what it means to you.

People have a hard time believing that there are individuals out there who love collecting Oakley. I have had family and neighbors come over to my house and ask me if I am an Oakley dealer because of all the stuff I have. When I tell them I just love collecting the stuff, they think I am nuts to have so many pairs.

It definitely has to be getting hired to work part time at the Paramus O-Store. Going through Oakley retail training, prepping the store for the grand opening, and going through those hundreds of boxes of Oakley merchandise was an experience I will never forget. Working with the staff at the store has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. Being able to work selling something that one is so passionate about and passing on that passion and knowledge to a customer is pretty amazing.

I would just like to give thanks to Dann for eating that chili pepper and making all this possible. All of the members I have met here over the past two years Thanks!

posted by Dann
Nov 12, 2013 12:12 AM
way cool to see the write up Jose! Awesome collection that spans over many areas of Oakley product and great family shots! Congrats!
Eric Arsenault
Nov 12, 2013 12:12 AM
Great read, love to have you with us Jose and hope to meet you soon when I get to the US to see some of you guys.
Nov 12, 2013 12:12 AM
Congratulations, very nice collection, LOVE the footwear. It's cool to see that you are passionate about Oakley but even more passionate about your family!!
paul mcj
Nov 12, 2013 12:12 AM
An absolute great spotlight - and well deserved. Just goes to show there are some amazing collections out there that don't get highlighted all that often on the review. Color me surprised and impressed, you have some great eyewear and footwear selections.
Rick (The Doctor) Fawcett
Nov 12, 2013 12:12 AM
Jose is the real deal y'all. His collection is killer, his passion for shoes is apparent, and his love of family is loud and clear. If you know more people like Jose, sign them up! Great read, great collection - congrats man.
Steve Weinraub
Nov 12, 2013 12:12 AM
Congrats, Jose, on a much deserved Spotlight. You truly have an amazing collection that leaves me in absolute awe. Keep up the great work. It's also great to see a fellow Garden Stater getting so much love.
Oakley Fan
Nov 12, 2013 12:12 AM
Great read Jose, Congratulations!
american image
science wrapped in art dealer
Nov 12, 2013 12:12 AM
josé, your collection looks really cool , nice collector-pieces, and great set-up ! love the fact that you are too a family-man, and seeing that the misses is also infected with the O-virus !
do the little ones also get to wear a juliet from time to time ?
Philip Barket
Nov 12, 2013 12:12 AM
Jose's only been collecting since 2001? I've been out to Jose's twice and have stood in awe of his collection on both occasion. It's anchored against one wall, but dominates the entire room with grandeur. You'd never know he'd only been a fan for 6 years with where his passion has taken his collection in size and diversity.
Justin "Scorpion Zero" Jones
Nov 12, 2013 12:12 AM
Congrats man. Very sincere write-up. By the way...killer shoe collection. I definitely love all the black dress-up shoes. They make you feel less like an idiot when youre dressed up in a least they do that for me.
marcel rijsdijk
Nov 12, 2013 12:12 AM
very nice jose, nice collection and you have them nice displayed too.
nice vacation pics..
and thanks for sharing some part of your life with us.
denise .
Nov 12, 2013 12:12 AM
congratulations!!! you definitely have the best boss ever if she gave you a mega tower. how'd you get so lucky??
Mike Bahr
Nov 12, 2013 12:12 AM
Sensational Jose. Again we learn so much more about each other through these spotlights, you dedication to your family is inspirational, your shoe's...well they create envy (are we the only ones with Wiretraps). You are a loyal and courteous member here thanks for sharing.
Wilson Ng
Nov 12, 2013 12:12 AM
Jose's one of the nicest O-Review people i've ever had the pleasure of meeting in person. i remember seeing his collection in the flesh for the first time and my jaw dropped to the floor! great write-up Jose, and i love my little name-check too.

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