Have you ever been walking around outside and realized that you need to clean the lenses on your sunglasses? Individual microfiber cloths can be very hard to keep track of while you are on the go.
In the past, you would have to resort to using whatever cloth was available for cleaning, no matter how abrasive or ineffective. I asked myself: how can a pair of sunglasses be combined with the superior cleaning ability of microfiber material?
This question led to the creation of Ribbon Sunglasses.
How Do They Work?
Ribbon Sunglasses conceal a retractable microfiber cloth inside of the sunglass frame, allowing you to always have access to it no matter where you are. Microfiber is always the best solution for cleaning lenses, as it will never scratch or scuff the surface.
When you want to access the microfiber ribbon for cleaning, pull the recessed tab on the front of the frame. This tab allows you to extend the cloth. Run the cloth lightly over your lenses to clean away debris.
Once cleaning is completed, it is just as easy to get the ribbon back inside of the frame. Simply turn the thumb-wheel hidden in the corner of the frame until the ribbon is fully retracted. Once inside the frame, the ribbon is hidden completely from view.
Having a retractable microfiber cloth is a wonderful and very natural addition to a pair of sunglasses. It doesn't feel tacked on; it looks and feels completely integrated, as if it would improve the experience of any pair of eyewear.
How Do They Look?
Short answer: they look GREAT.
The retractable ribbon has been built low profile into the corner of the frame. The functionality is so well integrated that it has been made invisible inside of the design. These sunglasses look very sharp.
The frame design was inspired by counter-culture imagery of the 1960s, mixed with sort of a new age appeal. Specifically, the frame recalls Ray-Ban's classic Wayfarer sunglasses, while at the same time having a slightly more modern, urban look.
Materials and Construction
Ribbon Sunglasses not only bring new functionality to the realm of eyewear, they are also made using the highest quality materials to help promote long-term durability. Here is an overview of what will go into a pair...
The sunglass frame is made from injection molded polycarbonate plastic. This material gives the sunglasses a sturdy feel while also allowing them to wrap around and conform to your face. Polycarbonate plastics are an industry standard and are proven to last through a great number of uses without difficulty.
The lenses begin with a polarized polycarbonate core, which is thermally fused to five additional layers. Two UV filtering layers block 100% of UVA and UVB ultraviolet rays up to 400 nanometers. The final outer layer consists of two scratch resistant films to help protect the lenses and keep them looking great.
The retractable microfiber cloth i'm using for the cleaning ribbon is the highest quality material available. The design required a very thin microfiber material, otherwise it wouldn't roll up tight enough to hide inside of the frame. It just so happened that the thinnest cloth was also the most effective at cleaning. A fiber weight of only .065 denier makes it almost twice as thin as other cleaning cloths on the market.
Currently, I have several working prototypes of the frame design. Small changes need to be made to the microfiber insert piece, including a magnetic tip on the ribbon's axle to help it stay in place inside of the frame cavity. These changes will take place in the 3D modeling suite, perhaps taking a couple of weeks to finalize.
Once the changes are made to the CAD files, i'll begin working with one of several injection molding manufacturers that i'm in talks with around the LA metro. This stage that will be where we create the finalized production sunglasses. Once I have the parts injection molded and polished, they will be shipped out as soon as possible!
When you back Ribbon at one of the levels where you receive an actual pair of sunglasses, you will be contacted after the project to confirm which color microfiber ribbon should be included with your sunglasses.
If you make a donation at any of the funding levels, i'll send you a digital version of Ribbon's development "process book". This book is going to be really cool, illustrated, and will take you through the entire process of what it has taken me to bring this product to market.
The perks are as follows:
- $5: Backer-only updates and a digital process book
- $25: T-shirt, backer-only updates and a digital process book
- $60: Early-Bird Special - Sunglasses with microfiber of your color choice
- $70: Classic - Sunglasses with microfiber of your color choice
- $80: Trifecta - Sunglasses with microfiber in 3 colors of your color choice
- $90: Kaleidoscope - Sunglasses with microfiber in ever color offered
Thanks so much for checking the project out. Please help support the creation of Ribbon Sunglasses!