As contact lens wearers, Darryn Tan and Javad Namazie were frustrated with the limited options available in SG or online: Lenses were either unreasonably expensive, or cheaply made.
In 2018, after 18 months of intensive research, they started Two of a Kind, which offers consumers high-grade lenses, sold direct-to-consumer at affordable prices by eliminating the middleman.
Before becoming business partners, Darryn and Javad were childhood friends from primary school. And, while they had no background in optometry, they both wanted to create a personal, intimate experience for customers. The Two of a Kind fitting studio is a big part of this! After scaling a flight of stairs, customers enter to dramatic dark blue walls and funky, modern art on the walls. Even the stylish contacts packaging adds to the overall “cool” vibe. The studio’s skilled optometrist Casey takes time with each client, making sure that contacts fit and work just right. In addition, Darryn and Javad have developed a wallet-friendly contact subscription service. One year and 2,000 customers later, they say, “It’s very motivating and humbling to see where we are today.”
When they’re not playing with their cats or spending time with their wives, you can find Darryn dining at Violet Oon Satay Bar & Grill, and Javad enjoying his favourite chicken rice at Hainanese Delicacy at Far East Plaza. Another of their favourite hangouts: Hickory, the bar below Two of a Kind’s studio on North Canal Road.
By Sara Lyle Bow, Muneerah Bee, Melodi Ghui + Christopher Ong Ujine, The Finder Issue 300, September 2019