While a look outside might not scream that it’s time to pick up a new pair of sunglasses, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep your eyes peeled for a cool new pair for when the sun makes its occasional appearance. Besides, Seattleites have to maintain their reputation for having lots of sunglasses, right?
Which is why Woodzee is worth a look. After having a chance to check out some of the company’s products, I’m finding myself a fan, and not just because they make cool sunglasses as well as prescription specs.
Woodzee’s mission is to grow a business that is committed to providing quality products priced for everyone to enjoy, while being equally committed to promoting a sustainable relationship between humankind and nature. The company does that by constructing pieces created from natural, renewable resources.
For one of its latest collections, and as a follow-up to the Mondavi Private Selection frames, Woodzee launches the Whiskey Barrel Collection. Made with recycled oak whiskey barrels from the Columbus Barrel Company in Ohio, the line showcases beautiful and natural wood grain patterns that are enhanced by the distinctive whiskey stain created during the final months of distillation. Whether you’re a whiskey connoisseur, an amateur or just love cool sunglasses, this is one series worth checking out.
The line is offered in four styles with three lens options in three of the shapes, with the fourth offering a pair of lens color options. The pair I had a chance to sample was a good bit of a departure from my standard curved plastic or metal wire sunglasses, and while it took a bit of getting used to the more rigid shape, I have to say I think I like them. While they are made from whiskey barrels, they are surprisingly light on the face. The hinges that connect the temples to the front of the glasses extend a bit to help fit a wider variety of face sizes, while the lack of a nose pad is hardly noticeable.
After several weeks of wear, the only thing I found myself not liking was that they didn’t offer the same wrap-around coverage I had gotten used to from my other pairs, something that showed up when I was driving and would look over my shoulder to change lanes or make a turn. When I did, I would often have to deal with the frame interrupting my view a bit; I was able to get used to it but am not sure I would make these full-time driving glasses because of it. But for day-to-day, out-of-the-car wear, I couldn’t find much to dislike about the Woodzee sunglasses. While they don’t quite hug the face as well as my other sunglasses, I still like the look and eye coverage they offer.
You can see the entire Whiskey Barrel Collection in the attached slide show; just click on the image to launch it.
For your prescription glasses needs, the company’s Buffalo Horn Optical Collection should make your consideration list. Made from recycled water buffalo horn and sustainably sourced beach wood, the line is strong, lightweight, biodegradable and fashionable, forging a truly unique bond between style and nature. It’s also a great alternative for those with contact allergies, metal irritations or sensitive skin, as it’s a hypoallergenic, natural product. The frames are also said to gradually adapt to the curve of your face with time and warming from the body’s natural heat, enhancing their look as well as picking up a natural sheen with time.
Should you pick up a pair, it’s worth mentioning that the company is upfront that its products are fragile and need to be handled with care. All new pairs are covered with a 90-day warranty, but the company asks that when you receive them, you inspect them for any defects that may affect the glasses’ quality.
Woodzee’s sunglasses are also recyclable via a company-sponsored program, and when you send in your old pairs of Woodzees, you’ll get a coupon code that will save you 40% off your next pair.
You can find Woodzee sunglasses online at the company’s website.