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Our Story
Ombraz armless strap sunglasses spot of origin, camel back in Indian sand dunes

Our Story : Ombraz CoFounder, Jensen, was on a camel safari in India, when, *snap* someone sat on his sunglasses and the sidearms broke off. Jensen tied a piece of twine to both hinges and wrapped the twine around the back of his head. He couldn't believe how well the Macgyvered pair worked. They didn’t slip down his nose, they were secure yet incredibly comfortable, and when he didn’t need them on, he could drop them around his neck or throw them in his pocket without fear of breaking them. Over the next 5 years, enough people inquired about the unique design to propel the business idea and lead to the most practical sunglasses in the industry.

Ombraz armless string sunglasses founders inspecting sunglasses before they're shipped out

Launch: Jensen teamed up with Nikolai, a good friend from college, with an adept e-commerce background. Headquartered in a barn loft on a 3-acre farm in Bellevue, WA, the two developed components, built out the supply chain and masterminded the Ombraz brand. Jensen & Nikolai launched Ombraz on Indiegogo in Spring 2018. In 30 days, Ombraz raised $165,000 from over 1,400 backers across all 7 continents, 54 countries and all 50 US states. Check out the launch video below, it’s a good time.

Within 3 months of delivering to backers, Ombraz won Backpacker Magazine’s 2019 Gear Editors’ Choice Award and garnered incredible feedback from major gear publications like Gear Patrol, Gear Junkie, Freeskier Magazine, Rock & Ice, Climbing Magazine,  and Outside Magazine.

Ombraz are now available in select REI stores, as well as REI.com, Huckberry.com, Moosejaw and select specialty outdoor shops around the country. The dynamic duo focuses on building a practical, carbon-negative brand that designs based on needs, not wants.

Ombraz armless rope sunglasses founders working on producing and inspecting sunglasses

Manufacturing: Transparency, trust, rapport and ecological stewardship are key to Ombraz' supplier relationships. Founders Jensen and Nikolai believe that hands-on product development and manufacturing are critical to success. Prior to launching Ombraz, the two spent two years sourcing the right suppliers and personally visiting their factories. The first 3,000 pairs of Ombraz were handmade by the founders in Seattle. Now, a skilled team in Asia hand-assembles each pair. Jensen and Nikolai oversee quality control for every production run, and continuously optimize and refine the Ombraz supply chain. Check out the assembly process in the quick clip below!

Ombraz armless strap sunglasses spot of origin, camel back in Indian sand dunes

Our Story : Ombraz CoFounder, Jensen, was on a camel safari in India, when, *snap* someone sat on his sunglasses and the sidearms broke off. Jensen tied a piece of twine to both hinges and wrapped the twine around the back of his head. He couldn't believe how well the Macgyvered pair worked. They didn’t slip down his nose, they were secure yet incredibly comfortable, and when he didn’t need them on, he could drop them around his neck or throw them in his pocket without fear of breaking them. Over the next 5 years, enough people inquired about the unique design to propel the business idea and lead to the most practical sunglasses in the industry.

Ombraz armless string sunglasses founders inspecting sunglasses before they're shipped out

Launch: Jensen teamed up with Nikolai, a good friend from college, with an adept e-commerce background. Headquartered in a barn loft on a 3-acre farm in Bellevue, WA, the two developed components, built out the supply chain and masterminded the Ombraz brand. Jensen & Nikolai launched Ombraz on Indiegogo in Spring 2018. In 30 days, Ombraz raised $165,000 from over 1,400 backers across all 7 continents, 54 countries and all 50 US states. Check out the launch video below, it’s a good time.

Within 3 months of delivering to backers, Ombraz won Backpacker Magazine’s 2019 Gear Editors’ Choice Award and garnered incredible feedback from major gear publications like Gear Patrol, Gear Junkie, Freeskier Magazine, Rock & Ice, Climbing Magazine,  and Outside Magazine.

Ombraz are now available in select REI stores, as well as REI.com, Huckberry.com, Moosejaw and select specialty outdoor shops around the country. The dynamic duo focuses on building a practical, carbon-negative brand that designs based on needs, not wants.

Ombraz armless rope sunglasses founders working on producing and inspecting sunglasses

Manufacturing: Transparency, trust, rapport and ecological stewardship are key to Ombraz' supplier relationships. Founders Jensen and Nikolai believe that hands-on product development and manufacturing are critical to success. Prior to launching Ombraz, the two spent two years sourcing the right suppliers and personally visiting their factories. The first 3,000 pairs of Ombraz were handmade by the founders in Seattle. Now, a skilled team in Asia hand-assembles each pair. Jensen and Nikolai oversee quality control for every production run, and continuously optimize and refine the Ombraz supply chain. Check out the assembly process in the quick clip below!

Our Product
Ombraz armless string sunglasses’ recycled marine-grade V2 cord

Cord: Our built-in, 100% recycled, V2 Japanese nylon cord was perfected through over 100 iterations. Abrasion-resistant, anti-microbial and buttery-soft, you forget it's even there.

View of a mountain range through the Carl Zeiss lenses of Ombraz armless sunglasses

Lenses: Polarized & Non-polarized, world-class Carl Zeiss polyamide optics are coated for scratch & smudge resistance.

Ombraz classics armless sunglasses with strap hanging comfortably around a man’s neck

Frame: Hand-carved, plant-based acetate frames are tumbled in wood chips for an elegant, matte finish. Each pair is hand inspected by the founders.

Ombraz armless rope sunglasses zero-plastic, compostable packaging with soy-based print

Packaging/zero plastic: Compostable, plastic-free packaging printed with soy based inks. Just take off the shipping label before tossing our mailer and box in the bio-waste bin!

Cord: Our built-in, 100% recycled, V2 Japanese nylon cord was perfected through over 100 iterations. Abrasion-resistant, anti-microbial and buttery-soft, you forget it's even there.

View of a mountain range through the Carl Zeiss lenses of Ombraz armless sunglasses

Lenses: Polarized & Non-polarized, world-class Carl Zeiss polyamide optics are coated for scratch & smudge resistance.

Ombraz classics armless sunglasses with strap hanging comfortably around a man’s neck

Frame: Hand-carved, plant-based acetate frames are tumbled in wood chips for an elegant, matte finish. Each pair is hand inspected by the founders.

Ombraz armless rope sunglasses zero-plastic, compostable packaging with soy-based print

Packaging/zero plastic: Compostable, plastic-free packaging printed with soy based inks. Just take off the shipping label before tossing our mailer and box in the bio-waste bin!

Ombraz Shade Project
Ombraz armless sunglasses with strap plants 20 mangrove trees for each pair of sunglasses purchased

Our commitment: We plant 20 mangrove trees for every pair of Ombraz we sell, with the help of our partners at Eden Reforestation Projects. Certified by 1% For the Planet, and Climate Neutral, we sequester 1383x more carbon than is emitted to produce and deliver each pair - making a pair of Ombraz the most carbon-negative product currently available on the market.

Ombraz armless sunglasses with cord employing people to plant trees in impoverished areas in Madagascar

Impact of trees: Our tree planting initiatives provide meaningful employment to impoverished areas in Madagascar. 20 trees absorb over 13,600 pounds of carbon dioxide per year, prevent soil erosion, return dry, arid land to its once fertile state, and provide habitat critical for diverse ecosystems.

Ombraz armless sunglasses plants extra trees for their own travel and product development

Closed-loop brand initiatives: We calculate our carbon output and plant additional mangrove trees to offset all carbon emitted from travel for content, product development and shows/events. Additionally, all back-end shipping materials are strategically reused.

Ombraz armless sunglasses with strap plants 20 mangrove trees for each pair of sunglasses purchased

Our commitment: We plant 20 mangrove trees for every pair of Ombraz we sell, with the help of our partners at Eden Reforestation Projects. Certified by 1% For the Planet, and Climate Neutral, we sequester 1383x more carbon than is emitted to produce and deliver each pair - making a pair of Ombraz the most carbon-negative product currently available on the market.

Ombraz armless sunglasses with cord employing people to plant trees in impoverished areas in Madagascar

Impact of trees: Our tree planting initiatives provide meaningful employment to impoverished areas in Madagascar. 20 trees absorb over 13,600 pounds of carbon dioxide per year, prevent soil erosion, return dry, arid land to its once fertile state, and provide habitat critical for diverse ecosystems.

Ombraz armless sunglasses plants extra trees for their own travel and product development

Closed-loop brand initiatives: We calculate our carbon output and plant additional mangrove trees to offset all carbon emitted from travel for content, product development and shows/events. Additionally, all back-end shipping materials are strategically reused.