You never thought you’d take “four eyes” as a compliment. Until you snagged a pair of Drift frames.
The just-launched, locally designed collection breaks your traditional glasses’ mold. Designer Chris Mantz combines an engineering background, appreciation for architecture and the outdoors, and a talent for working with his hands to create a rugged, refined aesthetic, using a most unexpected material: wood.
A sustainability stickler, Mantz’s wood is strictly fair trade. He works with myriad colors and textures for inner and outer temples: dark and grainy wenge; smooth, slightly reddish Douglas fir; deep brown walnut; caramel-hued maple; and the lighter (and technically a grass) bamboo.
He crafts each pair by hand and is as meticulous about function as he is style. Frames are comfortable, durable, and won’t fade in the sun; fronts are made from cellulose acetate, a nonpetroleum-based plastic, come in shades both playful (lime, yellow) and sleek (black, white), and have a matte or gloss finish. With styles like these, you’ll want a prescription.
Photo: Courtesy of Drift Eyewear
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