Growing up, Ace's dad, Dennis, would refer to some of his clothing or accessories as his “knockarounds”– so he had “knockaround sneakers” that he kept in the garage and used to wear when he mowed the lawn. He would wear his “knockaround jacket” when he was shoveling snow. Knockarounds were tough, classic and durable. When Ace started his sunglasses company the name "Knockaround" was a natural fit.
Wow, pretty awesome- so does Dennis have a major equity stake in the company in return for this invaluable contribution?
Alas, no- the company is owned by Ace and his investors- but Ace’s dad does look forward to one day receiving a beautiful, classic 1962 Thunderbird Sports Roadster (preferably red- black is cool, too…), which would be ample reward for (i) his creative genius, (ii) almost 30 years of financial support and (iii) almost 32 years (and counting…) of love!