Huntington Wayfarer Wood Sunglasses

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Huntington Wayfarer Wood Sunglasses
  • Huntington Wayfarer Wood Sunglasses
  • Huntington Wayfarer Wood Sunglasses
  • Huntington Wayfarer Wood Sunglasses
  • Huntington Wayfarer Wood Sunglasses
  • Huntington Wayfarer Wood Sunglasses
  • Huntington Wayfarer Wood Sunglasses
  • Huntington Wayfarer Wood Sunglasses
  • Huntington Wayfarer Wood Sunglasses
  • Huntington Wayfarer Wood Sunglasses
  • Huntington Wayfarer Wood Sunglasses
  • Huntington Wayfarer Wood Sunglasses

Huntington Wayfarer Wood Sunglasses

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Black Walnut Wayfarer Sunglasses

Here is our nod to the laid back surfer style of the sixties that originated right here in So. Cal. Our Huntington wayfarers encompass the unexpected trends that arose from that iconic era and wrap them up in a fashionable, beautiful and stylish pair of shades. To Tower, it was important to maintain the integrity of of the Southern California natives and salute them with a "thank you" for being the first ones to carve the waves, set the path and create a binding beach lifestyle community.

On Point Fashion: Handmade Black Walnut frames hand sanded and polished with a beautiful wax finish.

Flotation: Yes, a dry pair floats!

Finest Polarized Lenses: Polaroid Ultrasight, scratch-resistant lenses with UV 400 protection.

Description

Black Walnut Wayfarer Sunglasses

This is our tribute to the surfer style of the sixties that originated right here in SoCal. Our Huntington wayfarers encompass the unexpected trends inspired from that iconic era and wrap them up in a stylish pair of shades. To Tower, it's important to maintain the integrity of the Southern California style and beach lifestyle community.

On Point Fashion:

Handmade Black Walnut frames hand sanded and polished with a beautiful wax finish.

Flotation:

Yes, a dry pair floats!

Finest Polarized Lenses:

Polaroid Ultrasight, scratch-resistant lenses with UV 400 protection.

About Black Walnut

While it is called "Black Walnut," it is actually a dark brown colored wood with a typically straight grain. Historically used for things like gunstocks, furniture, flooring and paddles, it naturally darkens over time and thus ages beautifully. Black Walnut is native to North America, and historically in Europe, it has been considered a symbol of fertility.

Polaroid Ultrasight Polarized Lenses

Made by the company that invented the polarized lens, Polaroid Ultrasight lenses are the best lenses on the market. They employ nine functional layers to make an amazing lens. An internal polarizing core that eliminates glare is sandwiched by 4 UV filters that block all harmful UVA, UVB, and UVC light rays. A shock absorbing layer for impact resistance encases this core, followed by an outer top and bottom scratch resistant layer for optimal durability.

Polaroid Ultrasight Lenses

The History of Wood in Surfing

Early surfboards in Hawaii, the birthplace of surfing, were carved out of local trees like Koa wood. Wood is not only beautiful, it floats. In the 1950s and 60s, Wayfarer sunglasses were all the rage in Southern California and surfing was taking off. Surfboards were made of balsa wood at that time, but would soon transition to foam and fiberglass construction. All of these new fiberglass boards would use wood stringers for rigidity (most still do today), and many had carved blocks of layered wood on the nose and tail. As fins came the scene, they too were made of wood at first. Wood craftsmanship and surfing went hand in hand.

To this day in our San Diego based surf factory, our shapers still play around making fiberglass encased wood fins, wood nose and tail blocks, and even entire balsa wood surfboards. It's in their blood. It's in the roots of the sport they love. Unmistakably, there is a nostalgic connection between handcrafted wood work and surfers, and really all watermen. Tower's handcrafted wood sunglasses are a nod to this rich tradition.

About Wayfarers

Wayfarers are one of the most enduring fashion icons of the 20th century. All the rage in the 50s and 60s, Wayfarer sunglasses made their 1st resurgence in the 80s and 90s, and their last in the late 2000s as they've come into vogue in a major way again and likely will be for the next decade given the historical trend cycle. Each time this distinctive trapezoidal sunglass frame design resurfaces, it becomes magnitudes more popular than ever before, likely because they are so versatile and timeless.

Wayfarers looks good on almost any face shape, and this is why they are the best selling sunglass frame design of all time.

Wayfarers were originally designed in 1952 by a designer at Bausch & Lomb, at a time when eyewear frames were transitioning from being made largely with metal frames to new plastic injection molded frames. They embodied a hint of rebellion, a radically new frame shape in a radically new material. Today that traditional continues with Tower's wooden framed Wayfarer sunglasses, a throwback yet modern twist on classic sunglass styling. Tower's handcrafted, natural hardwood construction, and the edgy design aesthetics of the timeless Wayfarer styling, combine to make an unmistakable beach lifestyle fashion statement.

About Huntington


Dubbed "Surf City" and immortalized in the 1963 #1 radio hit "Surf City, USA" by Jan and Dean, Huntington Beach is an integral part of surfing history in California and the world. The pier was first surfed in 1914 by George Freeth, the Hawaiian born "Father of modern surfing." Southwest of Los Angeles 35 miles, Huntington Beach Pier was considered to have one of the world's most consistent breaks in the early days of surfing. The West Coast Surfing Championship was initiated there in 1959 and would be changed to the US Surfing Championship in 1964. It's been on surfing's world tour map ever since.

Our Huntington wood wayfarer sunglasses pay homage to one of California's original surf spots.

Specifications

WOOD SUNGLASSES SPECS

Do They Float: 3 float (Trestles, Huntington, and Malibu.) 2 don't float (San Miguel and Windansea.)

Weight:
23-27 grams, depending on model

Glare Protection: Polaroid brand polarized lenses.

Frame Measurements: 52-21-144

Front of Frame Height: 47mm

Eye Size: 52 mm

Bridge Width: 21 mm

Temple Length: 144 mm

Lens Quality: Polaroid Ultrasight lenses

Lens Color: Gray lenses on San Miguel, brown lenses on all others

Lens Durability: Scratch protection on both surfaces

UV Protection: UV 400 (Blocks all harmful UVA, UVB, and UVC light rays)

Hinge Components: Spring-loaded brass hinges

Wood Frame Type: Laminated hard wood frames on the Windansea, and a single piece carved hardwood frame on all others

Construction: Handcrafted wood frames with form fitting polarized lenses

Finish: Varnish finish over hand polished wood frame on the Windansea, and wood wax finish over hand sanded wood frame on all others

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