Welcome to Mister Spex
Today’s Way To Buy Eyewear
What drives us
Our vision is to become Europe’s favourite way and place to buy eyewear.
We are establishing a new way of buying glasses that is in keeping with the times – one that combines the advantages of eCommerce with a range of services and advice from high street opticians. Greater choice and better, transparent prices in an easy, intuitive process. Put simply, with all the services our customers need. Today’s way to buy eyewear.
At Mister Spex, product quality has top priority. In all our processes, from purchasing to dispatch, we therefore pay attention to ensuring due care, accuracy, quality craftsmanship and expert partners. The result is excellent quality at low prices.
High quality frames from more than 70 brand names
We purchase original products only and obtain our frames from all the major manufacturers. We also produce our own high quality, attractively priced brand. Our online shop currently offers more than 7,000 models of glasses and sunglasses from more than 70 brand names, including Ray-Ban, Boss Orange, Prada and Tom Ford. We have all frames in stock and they are therefore ready for immediate dispatch.
Lower prices for top brand and lens quality
Each pair of prescription glasses you receive from us comes with high quality lenses. These are extremely lightweight and always come with super anti-reflection coating to eliminate glare. They are also shatterproof. We have all spectacle lenses custom-made for you in Germany. To do so, we work in partnership with world-leading lens manufacturers, including SEIKO Optical, Hoya Lens Deutschland and Essilor.
Skilled craftsmanship in our own workshop
Your lenses are fitted by qualified opticians in our own workshop in Berlin. Before being dispatched, your glasses undergo careful quality control checks using state-of-the-art optical measuring equipment. Like all high street opticians, we too are a member of the Berlin Professional Association of Opticians (Augenoptikerinnung Berlin).
Personal service and expert advice – also in your area
One of our company’s basic principles is to ensure your satisfaction. Our customer service team has qualified opticians and experienced customer advisors to help you with your eyewear purchase, providing support free of charge via our hotline and by e-mail.
We collaborate with a network of partners already covering more than 550 local opticians in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands. Through this network, you can also take advantage of a diverse range of free services at an optician near you, for instance eye tests or adjustments to your new glasses.
100% satisfaction guaranteed
In Europe, we now have more than 2 million satisfied customers. Our aim is to keep on providing excellent quality and outstanding service. This is one not inconsiderable reason why we have a “very good” rating with Trusted Shops. The exceptionally high quality of our eyewear was recently confirmed in December 2014 by Stiftung Warentest, which named Mister Spex one of the best tested opticians (test 1/2015, p.86ff.).
And if you don’t like your glasses or they don’t fit, we will of course take them back and give you a full refund, despite them having custom-made lenses. This is our 100% guarantee of satisfaction.
Who we are
Since its founding in 2007, via our own online shops, our Berlin-based company has offered contact lenses as well as Europe’s widest range of readily available brand-name glasses and sunglasses – at much lower prices. In addition to price transparency and the cost savings for glasses complete with prescription lenses, customers also benefit in particular from the diverse range of free services such as eye tests and adjustments to glasses. Mister Spex already provides these services in partnership with more than 550 local opticians in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands, and this network is growing continually. Mister Spex’s customer service team of qualified opticians also provides customers with advice by phone and e-mail. The company also has its own workshop in Berlin, where work is completed on the glasses and quality control checks are carried out. The exceptionally high quality of the glasses was recently confirmed in December 2014 by Stiftung Warentest, which named Mister Spex one of the best tested opticians (test 1/2015, p. 86 ff.).
Via the Mister Spex websites, the company also operates in France, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands and the UK. In July 2013, the company also took over the Swedish online eyewear shops Lensstore and Loveyewear and, in January 2015, the Norwegian contact lens retailer Lensit. In February 2016 Mister Spex opened its first store in Berlin.
Dirk Graber (Managing Director)
Dirk Graber studied business administration in Marburg, Hong Kong, Moscow and Leipzig, graduating from the Leipzig Graduate School of Management. Before the founding of Mister Spex, Graber worked as a consultant in the Boston Consulting Group. He gained experience in eCommerce during his studies through internships with eBay and Jamba. He also had stints at KPMG and Commerzbank. As a managing director of Mister Spex, he has particular responsibility for the Business Development, IT, Finance & Controlling, Operations and HR divisions.
Dr. Mirko Caspar (Managing Director)
Mirko Caspar studied business administration at the University of Münster, where he went on to gain a PhD. The most important appointments in his career to date were as a corporate consultant at McKinsey, with a focus on marketing and strategy, as senior director for business development at the entertainment conglomerate Universal Music and managing director of its mail order subsidiaries, and as a managing partner of the virtual world company Metaversum. As a managing director of Mister Spex, Caspar is responsible for the Marketing, CRM, Category Management, Public Relations and Product Management divisions and is in charge of international markets.
Tobias Streffer (CFO)
Tobias Streffer studied business administration at the universities of Münster, Lund (Sweden) and Urbana-Champaign (United States). After various internships with companies such as Brillux, Ista and Gerling, he worked as a corporate consultant in the Boston Consulting Group in Berlin, where his responsibilities included corporate development and strategy projects. At Mister Spex, Tobias is in charge of the Finance & Controlling division.
Stefanie Budesheim-Wels (COO)
Stefanie Budesheim-Wels studied international business administration at Aalen University and Newcastle Business School. After a number of internships, including placements at Ernst & Young in Shanghai and New York, she worked at the Internet company Spreadshirt, in strategic purchasing and product range expansion and as a business unit leader for operations. At Mister Spex, she is likewise responsible for the Operations division, which covers warehouse operations, logistics, the workshop and purchasing.
Katrin Kapteyn (CPO)
Katrin Kapteyn studied business administration and communication science at the Freie Universität Berlin and at the Ruhr-University Bochum. She has gained extensive experience in the field of digital transformation, e-commerce and online marketplaces among other things with directional internet players such as eBay, Immobilienscout24 and mirapodo GmbH. Most recently, she was the Chief Marketing Officer, marketing and customer experience at ubimake GmbH. At Mister Spex Katrin Kapteyn is in charge of the Product Management, User Experience, Category Management and Business Intelligence divisions.
André Neubauer (CTO)
André Neubauer studied a masters programme with e-commerce and e-entrepreneurship as the major fields of study at the Otto-Friedrich-University of Bamberg. As a certified computer scientist and technology-specialist for e-business, he already worked in leading positions for several companies such as ImmobilienScout24 and the German Post. His responsibilities working as a Vice President at the German Post included the management of the E-POST platform. At Mister Spex as a CTO, Neubauer is in charge of the IT division.
Dr. Jens Reich (CMO)
Jens Reich studied business administration at the University of Münster and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (United States), specialising in marketing, financial controlling and entrepreneurship. He also has a PhD in marketing and advertising from RWTH Aachen University and its Entrepreneurship Center, where he has also provided advice and operational support to several successful tech startups. Before joining Mister Spex, Jens worked as a project manager at Boston Consulting Group, with a focus on consumer goods and automotive and digital projects. At Mister Spex, he is responsible for the Marketing, Customer Relationship Management and Customer Service divisions.
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