On a River
On a River
Our story starts along the Saco River from New Hampshire to Maine where we love to kayak. It is our favorite place to spend the summer.
As we make our way down the lazy river we retrieve both trash and treasure from the river bottom. Sunglasses and driftwood are two of our favorite finds. You would not believe home many pairs of Ray Bans and Oakleys we've collected over the years (and empty beer cans).
In 2020 it finally hit us...
Why not combine the beauty and density of wood with the style and functionality of sunglasses to create a pair of shades that can float?
So I got to work. I found that bamboo is a highly renewable resource that is both lightweight and strong – PERFECT for sunglasses. I designed a simple pair of floating shades, added a colorful polarized UV400 lens and flexible hinge. I found a manufacturer and the first pair of "Saco Shades" were born.
In 2020 we made 100 pairs to "test the water". The reviews were overwhelmingly good and we sold out within a few weeks. We officially launched Eastern Outer in 2021 with our floating bamboo shades and have since added new styles and ski goggles.
Eastern Outer is a family-owned business headquartered in Massachusetts. We are a small team that loves the outdoors and designing products to support our lifestyle.