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Layered Wood Wayfarer Sunglasses

Tower brings you the Windansea, a stylish, handcrafted layered Vermilion and Black Walnut Wayfarer sun-glass with spring-loaded brass hinges.
It's an unmistakable beach lifestyle fashion statement, where natural beauty dovetails with the finest lenses on the market.

On Point Fashion: Handmade layered Vermilion and Black Walnut hardwood frames with smooth varnish finish

Finest Polarized Lenses: Polaroid Ultra-sight, scratch-resistant lenses with UV 400 protection

SPECIAL: Order now and get a FREE beautiful hard wood case! ($60 value). Just add glasses to cart.
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Layered Wood Wayfarer Sunglasses

Tower brings you the Windansea, a stylish, handcrafted layered Vermilion and Black Walnut Wayfarer sun-glass with spring-loaded brass hinges. It's an unmistakable beach lifestyle fashion statement, where natural beauty dovetails with the finest lenses on the market.

On Point Fashion: Handmade layered Vermilion and Black Walnut hardwood frames with smooth varnish finish

Finest Polarized Lenses: Polaroid Ultra-sight, scratch-resistant lenses with UV 400 protection

SPECIAL: Order now and get a FREE beautiful hard wood case! ($60 value). Just add glasses to cart.


About Vermilion and Black Walnut Wood

The exterior layer of the frame is made of Vermilion wood. Also known as African Padauk, it is native to Central and Western Africa. This exotic hard wood is reddish in hue and commonly used to make drums in Africa due to it tonal resonance. Other parts of the world import this exotic hard wood to make fine stringed instruments.

The interior layer of the frame is made of Black Walnut. It is actually dark brown color wood with a typically straight grain. Historically used for things like gun-stocks, 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 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. 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 the 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.

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. Unmistakably, there is a nostalgic connection between handcrafted wood work and surfers. 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. 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 Windansea



Situated just up the coast from our Southern California office, Windansea is a scenic point break with a long, rich history in the affluent beach town of La Jolla, "the Jewel." A palm thatched hut was built on the rocks overlooking Windansea beach in the 1940's. The "Shack," as it's known, still sits there today nearly 75 years later and is a surf icon known worldwide. The combination of the tropical hut, the scenic Mediterranean affluent beach house architecture, and an idyllic sand and rock formation beach contribute to make this one of the most photographed beaches in the world.

In the sixties and seventies, Windansea became more and more known as a fiercely local place. There's an infamous picture of a cement pump house tagged with, "Warning!! Windansea may be hazardous to tourists." That's the funny thing about surfing - it's a beautiful, graceful, playful sport practiced by earth-conscious laid back dudes, yet done in an often dangerous, unrelenting, and sometimes deadly environment. It's a powerful dichotomy, and likely the birthplace of the modern extreme sport movement.

Our Windansea wood sunglasses, a beautiful, and polished finished product made of very different layers of wood sandwiched together, speak to this unique dichotomy found in the surf world.


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