Dirk qualified as an Augenoptiker (optician) in Germany in 1987. After working for JOOP design in Munich and the Eye Store in Phoenix, Arizona as a designer, he moved to the UK in 1990. Building up three practices and getting married in the meantime lead him to buy Dixeys in Horsham West Sussex. A very established name in the optical world in the South of England appeared to be the right challenge for Dirk. Being of the third generation of opticians in his family he created Dixey CB and made it the success it is today.