Finest Polarized Lenses:
Polaroid Ultra sight, 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 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. 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 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 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 shape still play around making fiberglass encased wood fins, wood nose and tail blocks, and even entire balsa wood surfboards. 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.
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.