Custom Optical New Orleans, LLC

The Pitch

A full-service optical lab that offers a variety of Rx-able frames and finishing of ophthalmic lenses. Custom Optical is owned and operated by a Formerly Incarcerated Person and optician by degree.

Derrick Perique

Derrick Perique

The Entrepreneur

Derrick Perique (Founder)
In 2010, Derrick Perique was sentence to a re-entry program in Angola, where he began his trade at the R.E. Barrow Treatment Center for Opticianry. While enrolled in an online college, Derrick learned that with his felony conviction, he would not be able to climb the ladder to being an optometrist and decided to learn more about the mechanics of operating an optical. In 2013, he went on to obtain a job with an independent optical where he was able to save startup funding and launch his own home-based business.


2017 South Broad Business Initiative