Visionaries Peter Yee and Hans Moritz

Sudden leaps in technology. Breakthrough products. Stunningly transformed landscapes. These things don't happen on their own—they require the vision and dedication of exceptional designers. Meet seven minds that are radically changing your world for the better.

Oct 5, 2009
Outside Magazine
Peter Yee and Hans Moritz

   Photo: Photograph by Emily Shur

Left: On Yee: Nautica solid long-sleeve button-down shirt ($70); Oakley Classic Denim Pant in Utilitarian Vintage ($49) and Time Bomb II 10th Anniversary Edition watch ($2,750); Kenneth Cole New York Dark Room boots ($195)

Right: On Moritz: J.Crew Stockton racing jacket ($795) and Straight-Fit five-pocket vintage cords ($70); Oakley Ransom Tee ($30) and Cross­hair sunglasses (from $135)

When you consider that Oakley is known for both revolutionizing performance eyewear and birthing the modern aggro-cool sporting aesthetic, it can be eyebrow-raising to learn that even their most technical designs still begin with a doodle on paper. "We're trying to appeal to people's sense of freedom and rebellion," says senior design director Yee, 41, who's had a hand in crafting more than 100 products since joining the company in 1993. "That's not something you can just squeeze out of a computer." Yee's latest project, which eventually involved many computers, had him working with Moritz, 38, and other members of Oakley's Advanced Product Design group on the new Elite collection. The economy-be-damned label includes the $4,000 C Six; each pair requires more than 24 hours of machining. Says Yee, "It's the culmination of blue-sky ideas merging with real-world physics."

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