OFF THE HOOK SHADES!

SOME­THING’S FISHY WITH TRAPS EYEWEAR.

Boston Common - - CONTENTS - BY SARA CORNELL

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.

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