Eynack’s new ecofriendly line includes (from top) Cool Aviator, Cool Color Skate Board, and Sun Treasure sunglasses ($150 each).
Majoring in textile coloration at The University of Manchester, men’s clothing and eyewear designer Alex Brown never considered living anywhere other than Washington when he moved to the United States. “DC is the capital of the country, and the people in Washington dress up most of the time. It made sense for me here,” he says. Brown began designing clothing for local politicians before a vacation in Milan inspired him to launch his high-end eyewear label, Eynack, in 2010. And this March, the brand will debut an assortment of styles made entirely from bamboo.
“I lost my eyeglasses while I was on vacation, so I was forced to go out and buy a pair. It cost me $550 for one nice pair of glasses,” he recalls. “I wanted to create something of the same quality that everyone could afford.”
Similar to Milanese designs, Eynack’s optical wear features acetate frames and sustainable bamboo temples, in addition to its new all-bamboo styles. “What makes these glasses so unique is the weight of each pair,” explains Brown. “They are so light that the grip on your nose is just perfect. They won’t fall off your face like other pairs do.”
Offered in cat-eye, square, and round shapes, the glasses are colored with nontoxic, organic dyes and are sold in a variety of shades, including red, brown, yellow, and green. The collection is available at Eynack’s namesake boutique and on its website; for the latter, Brown is working with DC Public schools to donate a pair of children’s glasses for each pair sold.
“My son had problems reading and needed glasses, so I did some research and realized there were millions of kids who cannot afford glasses,” says Brown. “I’m lucky enough that I can buy a pair for my son. I wanted to give back and help others who can’t.” 1300 Connecticut Ave. NW, Ste. 101, 888-458-4144