Imported from Central Africa in countries such as Gabon, Cameroon, and the Congo, Zebrawood is a heavy, hard wood with a coarse texture and a decidedly wavy grain. The pale golden yellow base of the wood is intertwined with numerous streaks of dark brown and black wood, and that alternating layer look is why its named Zebrawood. To show this dramatically contrasting grain, Zebrawood is frequently "quarter sawn", a process of cutting round logs lengthwise into four quarters first and then milling from there so the beautiful cross-section of the grain can be maximized for use. Historically, gun stalks, guitars, skis, and the interior woodwork in high-end cars has been done with Zebrawood. Polaroid Ultra-sight 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.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 to the scene, they too were made of wood at first. Wood craftsmanship and surfing went hand in hand. About Wayfarers
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 Trestles
Located between San Diego and Los Angeles, Trestles is unencumbered by urban sprawl thanks to its privileged position just inside the north end of the desolate 125,000 acre Camp Pendleton Marine Base. As it was within a US military base, and not even accessible to the public until the 1970's, surfers in the sixties had to sneak onto the beach to surf and try not to draw the ire of the military personnel. While not a common occurrence, there are stories of surfboards being confiscated and warning shots being fired over surfer's heads. While this may sound like a bit of an extreme measure to many sports enthusiasts, this was just another step in a long history of surfers being willing to go to the ends of the earth, sanctioned or not, to find the perfect wave. You could definitely argue it was that, and is still today considered one of America's most consistent waves. It's still a major stop on the modern pro surfing tour.
Our Trestles wooden sunglasses, handcrafted out of exotic Zebrawood, celebrates the determination and wanderlust drive of surfers to literally go to war for good surf.