STPL x Oakley - History of Oakley by Staple Design | Eyeshield + Radar Sunglasses

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If you're an avid reader of his former blog "To Darrin Hudson...", you know designer/market maker Jeff Staple traveled the globe in search of the newest, the best, or simply for inspiration. So when a few inconspicuous photos of Oakley's fortress-like headquarter appeared last year, we knew something interesting was brewing. Indeed, a year and some months later, Staple introduced the History of Oakley by Staple Design, a visual reference and timeline of Oakley's products through its 35 years. The collection encompassed 6 models and to adhere to Oakley's long commitment to the world of sports, Staple had each signify key athletic attributes in the company's history, with the first 2 models unveiling tomorrow night. the Eyeshield (tennis) and the Radar (golf).

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Truly ahead of its time (you could just tell by its futuristic design), the Eyeshield was the very first Oakley sunglasses. After a succession BMX and motocross related products, James Jannard, the founder of Oakley, formulated a design where riders and others could enjoy the benefits of Oakley advanced eye protection off the course. Re-designed by Staple, the frame is entirely in "tennis ball fuzz". Since they will fall off if glued on, the entire process was done electro-statically. Furthermore, the Eyeshade comes with all the Oakley benefits adjustable ear pieces and 2 interchangeable lens, a Emerald Iridium laser-etched with tennis court inspired lines and a Grey Iridium lens.

Because Oakley had to dust off the mold to create this special edition, only 150 pairs will be available around the world at select Oakley retailers.

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Next is the Radar, one of the more recent model to Oakley's extensive line of eyewear. The golf inspired graphics and the Yellow lens are perfectly suitable for a golf game on a cloudy day. However, it's the special lens coating that really make this one stands out. Oakley calls it Hydrophobic, a permanent lens lamination that prevents rain, sweat, skin oil, dirt, dust, and etc... from sticking to the lens. In layman's term, a "kill all" solution to anything that comes near the lens. Available as a general release at most Oakley retailers.

And of course, both will be available at Staple Designs' retail location, Reed Space.

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