Since founding Ellison Eyewear in 2014, Aristotle Loumis has been bringing his passion for quality design, entrepreneurism, and philanthropy not only to his hometown of Chicago, but across the globe. With an extensive background in business and marketing, Loumis is eager to disrupt the growing eyewear industry by introducing a lifetime client-service model that simultaneously supports an integrated social mission.
In order to exceed customer expectations and deliver top-notch manufacturing at honest prices, Aristotle resided in Italy and also his father’s home country of Greece for three years while he researched the highest quality materials and production available. Aristotle ultimately decided on a small, family-owned factory in Greece, where he spent time learning the process and becoming an expert in developing and producing his own designs.
Living his life at the intersection of entrepreneurism and philanthropy, Loumis knew that his company would need to be a part of a greater good. Not only is he disrupting the eyewear monopoly with honest pricing, but also integrating a social mission.
To date, Aristotle’s initiatives have resulted in over 20 jobs, and over seven figures in economic stimulation in Greece. Providing over 3,500 people in need their eyesight, building the first of many Ellison Market Place aiding in the Syrian refugee crisis in Greece, and building over 40 homes in Latin America.
Aristotle has garnered the attention of Greek-Lebanese Billionaire, Marcus Lemonis, receiving an investment, filming for CNBC’s “the profit,” and becoming a partner in his globally recognized Marcus Lemonis Fashion Group.
Loumis wasn’t always in the business of handcrafted, first-rate eyewear. Aristotle got his start in the field of dentistry, studying at University of Iowa. It was there that he began his Ellison journey and was one of four companies to be accepted into the accelerated entrepreneurship program at University of Iowa Venture School.
Aristotle is currently Youth Profession Chair at the Greek America Foundation and Project Hope for Greece. He is also a member of the Entrepreneur’s Organization Fellowship Program.