OFF THE HOOK SHADES!
SOMETHING’S FISHY WITH TRAPS EYEWEAR.
Something’s fishy with Traps Eyewear.
John Turner and Daniel Dougherty grew up in Maine, where lobstering is as regular as brushing your teeth. So it makes perfect sense that the duo would figure out a way to make shades out of lobster traps, right? Huh?
After literally stumbling across a lobster trap four years ago, Maine resident John Turner thought the weathered wood would make the ultimate Down East fashion statement. With that in mind, he and his business partner Daniel Dougherty set about crafting prototypes for a classic Wayfayer-style sunglass that would exude equal parts Yankee attitude and nostalgia. Based out of Portland, ME, the duo started Traps Eyewear.
The stylish sunnies, whose frames are created out of repurposed wood from salvaged lobster traps, aim to capture understated sophistication and sustainability. “To Mainers, lobster traps represent so much,” said Turner. “They represent not only Maine, but hard work, tenacity, and passion.”
Currently in collaboration with New England icons L.L. Bean and Sperry, Traps Eyewear is rolling out an exclusive line of hand-painted glasses this summer that reflect the spirit of these New England brands. No net necessary.
Traps Eyewear, 386 Fore St., #502, Portland, ME, 207-7981292; trapseyewear.com
clockwise from top left: John Turner (left) wearing Ulysses in Satin Black and repurposed oak and Daniel Dougherty (right) wearing Jack in Havana Tortoise; Why shouldn’t a fishhook match your sunnies? “Jack in Havana Tortoise” features repurposed oak; Traps Eyewear is unisex. Lads and lasses can wear the same styles.