Star

Sk8Shades Produces Hand-Made Eyewear in a Garage in South Africa

By: Jen Chae - Published: • References: vimeo and etsy
Completely handmade eyewear by Sk8Shades is the story of one of South Africa's best skateboard ramp builders, Dave De Witt. Being around skateboards all the time in sunny environments, an ingenious idea came to him -- to craft UV-protected, polarized sunglasses out of old skateboards. What differentiates Sk8Shades is the fact that all sunglasses are hand crafted in Dave's garage in South Africa.

Skateboards are guaranteed strength and durability as they are high-performance, which is why they make for practical sunglass frames. The frames comes in different textures; the rustic, scratched-up look from the bottom of the board, or the fresh wood for a cleaner look. The dirty frame is an intriguing design since it carries with it the scratches of a board's previous life. These glasses are not only environmentally conscious, but also a huge fashion statement, especially among skateboarders.