Ebony Wood Wayfarer Sunglasses
Drawn up to encapsulate the laid-back beach ambiance of the sixties and designed to perfectly fit face shapes across the board, the San Miguel wayfarers were born. The beautiful, exotic Ebony wood creates a mysterious expression almost appearing as a stunning piece of art -- unlike anything on the market and perfect for fashion forward buyers.
On Point Fashion
Stunning Ebony wood frames with rustic wood wax finish to create a rugged appearance.
No, this material is too dense to float.
Finest Polarized Lenses
Polaroid Ultra-sight, scratch-resistant lenses with UV 400 protection
About Ebony Wood
Ebony is a beautifully exotic, dense hard wood. It is so dense, in fact, that they don't float in water unlike most of our other wood sunglasses. Ebony wood is native to India, Africa, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia. Less so today, but historically ebony has been used to make things like the artwork frames, luxury cabinets, black keys on pianos, dark chess pieces, and parts of high-end string instruments. Due to its expense and rarity, modern uses primarily include small decorative and carved pieces.
The ebony used in our San Miguel wood sunglass frames has a striped ebony look, rather than a evenly black look. Near black strands mix with dark brown strands to form a beautifully rich dark wood. Black look is very rare among wood, and this is why most anything made of Ebony wood is prized for its luxuriant beauty.
Polaroid Ultra-sight Polarized Lenses
Made by the company that invented the polarized lens, Polaroid Ultra-sight 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.
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 1950's and 60's, 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 to the scene, they too were made of wood at first. Wood craftsmanship and surfing went hand in hand. Today, 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 water-men. Tower's handcrafted wood sunglasses are a nod to this rich tradition.
Wayfarers are one of the most enduring fashion icons of the 20th century. All the rage in the 50's and 60's, Wayfarer sunglasses made their 1st resurgence in the 80's and 90's, and their last in the late 2000's 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 sun-glass frame design resurfaces, it becomes magnitudes more popular than ever before, likely because they are so versatile and timeless.
Wayfarers look good on almost any face shape, and this is why they are the best selling sun-glass frame design of all time.
Wayfarers were originally designed in 1952 by a designer at Bausch & Lomb, at a time when eye-wear 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 sun-glass 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 San Miguel Surf Trips
In the 1960's surfers from Southern California crossed the border in search of new surf breaks to conquer and they found a premium quality point break in San Miguel. They also found Mexican beer, and 20 years later beers like Pacifico would be formally introduced into the US market. These "surf trips" could be done in a weekend, and thus the modern day surf trip was born. This would spawn a trend of surfers traveling the world in search of surf. Our San Miguel wood sunglasses, in exotic Ebony hard wood, cheers the birthplace of surfing in Mexico and really surf trips in general.