Ecofriendly Wooden Glasses from a Local Chicago Designer

Drift Eyewear by Chris Mantz

drift eyewear launches!

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.

Available at Labrabbit Optics, 1104 North Ashland Avenue, at Thomas Street (773-957-4733 or labrabbit.org). For more information, go to drifteyewear.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Drift Eyewear

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1104 N Ashland Ave
@ Thomas St
Chicago, IL 60622