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This project was successfully funded on August 14, 2014.

Sunglasses can be more than just eyewear, for us they are a canvas. We brought together artists from around the world to a new medium.

About this project

BOSKY IS...

- Bringing together 13 artists from 5 different continents to help them spread their creativity in a whole new way

- Engraving the artists’ original designs onto durable, yet comfortable, wood sunglasses

- Sharing the opportunity with the Kickstarter community to be the first individuals to wear these works of art.

Wood is one of man's oldest natural resources. It is also one of man's oldest artistic mediums. Here at Bosky we are combining art and functionality by intricately engraving beautiful graphics onto wood sunglasses. For our campaign, we are offering three KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE models of sunglasses in a classic wayfarer design. Each of these three models comes in both a large and small size, to accommodate different head sizes. After picking the model of sunglasses that interests you most, choose a graphic to engrave on the sunglasses. After choosing which reward you want and donating, we will contact you and ask you for the model name, size of sunglasses and artist name. Keep on scrollin’ down to see pictures of all our sunglasses, artists and graphics.

OUR STORY:

Hey everyone!

Hope the summer is treating you well (unless you are in the southern bit of the world, in which case a happy winter to you!). My name is Alex Cruft and I am one of the founders of Bosky. Hopefully this section will let you put a name and a face to the company and know that Bosky isn’t actually run by robots or something of the like. Here’s just a little bit of info about me: 

I recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Oregon State University and currently live in the lovely small town of Corvallis, Oregon, USA. 

Oregon has always had a bit of a reputation of being filled with hippies and eco-nuts and well, if you have seen the show Portlandia, that sums it all up. In reality, most of us Oregonians are just normal people who care about the planet and want to do our part in preserving it. Renewable products are a growing trend, and one that I am super excited to be a part of! I think that the way most products are made now is entirely unsustainable and that better alternatives exist. 

The goal at Bosky has always been to make environmentally-friendly products that get people excited. In order to do so, we have strived to try to incorporate some fantastic designs into our latest products. Though I am artistically challenged, I have always appreciated art (Dali and Van Gogh being two personal favorites). One night I was chatting with my business partner Matt about woodblock printing and how awesome it would be to do some engravings on our sunglasses. One thing led to another and now we have a Kickstarter campaign that combines both renewable materials and art! 

Aside from these passions, I also love learning languages, traveling and am now free of my obsession that was World Cup soccer. 

As mentioned earlier, this is not a lone effort. Bosky couldn't have happened without my business partner and co-founder Matthew Miner. He has definitely been a whirlwind of creative thoughts and energy. He managed to bring all these amazing artists from across the globe together onto one platform. Matt has been so committed to Bosky that he managed to dislocate his shoulder back in March while testing a prototype of our new bioplastic snow goggles. 

For any more questions about us or if you just want to drop a friendly hello, feel free to email me at alex.cruft@boskyoptics.com or Matt at matthew.miner@boskyoptics.com

[Top: Alex at Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, California; Bottom: Matt at the Grand Canyon, Arizona]
[Top: Alex at Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, California; Bottom: Matt at the Grand Canyon, Arizona]

WHAT DOES YOUR PLEDGE DO?

Your pledge helps in many different ways. First off, a portion of the proceeds of each pair sold will go to the artist whose design you chose to have engraved. Our artist network is ecstatic about a chance to promote their artwork on a global scale and get recognition for their creations. The proceeds will help us buy our own laser engraver to do all the design work and continue to put out amazing sunglasses. Right now, we are borrowing a laser engraver from Oregon State University. Though it may look like a simple project, this really is a collaborative effort among dozens of different individuals, including artists, videographers, photographers, social media experts, bloggers, etc. This has been an amazing experience for Matt and I and we are both so thankful for your donation.

THE SUNGLASSES:

Wood is a great product to work with, not just because it is a natural, renewable resource but also because it allows for intricate engravings. Each pair of these wood sunglasses are manufactured to our specifications. To make a product that is as durable as it is beautiful, we only offer sunglasses made with five-layer cuts of sustainably-sourced wood. All three models feature anti-reflective, polarized, grey lenses to help protect from glare. In addition, every pair of sunglasses comes with a delicate, black microfiber carrying pouch and a sturdy bamboo hard case. The order is shipped worldwide in a box filled with wood shavings for protection.

[Smaller Size: 13.5cm x 14cm x 4.5cm; Larger Size: 14.5cm x 14.5cm x 4.5cm]
[Smaller Size: 13.5cm x 14cm x 4.5cm; Larger Size: 14.5cm x 14.5cm x 4.5cm]
[Smaller Size: 13.5cm x 14cm x 4.5cm; Larger Size: 14.5cm x 14.5cm x 4.5cm]
[Smaller Size: 13.5cm x 14cm x 4.5cm; Larger Size: 14.5cm x 14.5cm x 4.5cm]
[Smaller Size: 13.5cm x 14cm x 4.5cm; Larger Size: 14.5cm x 14.5cm x 4.5cm]
[Smaller Size: 13.5cm x 14cm x 4.5cm; Larger Size: 14.5cm x 14.5cm x 4.5cm]
[Included Bamboo Hard Case and Microfiber Bosky Pouch]
[Included Bamboo Hard Case and Microfiber Bosky Pouch]

THE ARTISTS:

Matteo Zilla: Lecco, Italy

Everyone knows me as PULCE (flea), but my real name is Matteo. My inspiration is rebellious and curious. Like a flea, I jump from project to project. One week I'm designing a magazine cover and the next I’m painting street art. It is in these contexts that I live, I create and I move, always looking for new fields of expression. Every passing day, I observe and study the most important trends in the visual arts. Today is a new day and my style is ever evolving.

Tim Marsh: Paris, France

As a child, I began discovering a passion for street art. There was something intriguing about using the world as your canvas. When I make art, I focus on the movement. Fluid lines and ethnic art details became my signature traits. Over the years, I have begun branching out beyond the street art. Still blending movement and art, I became one of the first artists to do light-painting photography and film.

Farah Allegue: Montreal, Canada

Having been born in Tunisia, I developed a strong cultural identity with my home country, which has greatly influenced my illustration work. Since a young age, I have blended patterns of traditional Tunisian art with modern style. Now living in the lovely city of Montreal, I spend my time creating art as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator.

Daniel Ting Chong: Cape Town, South Africa

Based in Cape Town, South Africa, I am an illustrator, designer and artist. I frequently display my work at art exhibitions and give talks to the artistic community. Working in collaboration with clients to make engaging new designs is one of my favorite things to do. To date, I have worked with leading international brands including Nike, New York Times and the Discovery Channel.

Junichi Tsuneoka: Seattle, Washington USA

Born and raised in Japan, I ventured to Seattle upon my graduation from Waseda University in Tokyo. Being a graphic designer at Modern Dog Design Co. for six years really made a great impact on my design career. From this experience, I established a style often recognized as “California Roll Style”. This new style was a result of both a visual and conceptual fusion of Japanese pop culture and American urban culture. In order to broaden my visual language in art, illustration and design, I founded Studio Stubborn Sideburn. My artwork possesses highly communicative, assertive graphics, and contains clear signs pointing back to my roots.

Raxenne Maniquiz: Bulacan, Philippines

Hi everybody! I am a graphic designer and illustrator from the Philippines. Having a penchant for pretty things, I like to collect colorful images and objects to use in my work. You can see this in the design I made for Kickstarter since it incorporates flowing lines reminiscent of the ocean. I have had the pleasure of working with many exciting brands such as JanSport, Herschel Supply Co., Digital Walker, and Bratpack.

Sawdust: London, United Kingdom

Sawdust is the award-winning creative partnership of Rob Gonzalez and Jonathan Quainton. Based in London, we focus on bespoke typography, image-making and visual identity across a diverse range of sectors. Creating work with intelligence, visual ingenuity and meticulous craft is what drives us forward. It is an honour to have been recognised by the following organisations and publications including; Creative Review, IdN, Print, AIGA, It’s Nice That, Novum, Lürzer’s Archive, Computer Arts, Print, Icon and D&AD to name a few.

Alex Mavrogiannis: Athens, Greece

I work at Big Horror Athens, an independent graphic & interactive design studio based in Athens. The studio was founded in early 2013, by a group of three young people, with many years in the visual communication field (print & interactive). We design identity systems and multimedia strategies focused on a more fashionable, cultural and passionate way of living. 
We love typography, clean aesthetics, minimal approaches and clever solutions. Our mission is to provide high - quality services, which respond to the international design standards and are driven by fresh ideas. We are passionate about our work and love to collaborate with clients who are passionate about theirs.

Andrew Garcia: Corvallis, Oregon, USA

Hi Kickstarter! I am an avid printmaker focused on relief printing and soon to be graduate of Portland State University. Printmaking is process driven medium with the ability to create multiples. The idea of sharing art is important incredibly important to me. I am personally excited about being unique and different, but realize that it is an impossible endeavor. I am very design oriented in my art creation, drawing influences from fine art. I know that I am influenced by all of my experiences, but am not limited by them.

Rentz: Sāo Paulo, Brazil

I've drawn since I was a kid, just like every child. I learned to draw watching 80's cartoons, reading comic books and influenced by my older brother. This passion led me to become an illustrator, and eventually even obtain a master's degree in Graphic Design at So Paulo's Belas Artes University. I've also illustrated for advertising and created characters and images for many clients. I have illustrated books, made animations for Internet and short movies. I love lines, movement, types, organic forms, colors and a certain disproportion and creepiness that might surprise tired eyes.

Jorge De La Paz: Santiago, Chile

Born and raised in Santiago of Chile, I grew up restless and observant. When I make art, I like to illustrate my surroundings and try to communicate how I see the world. I enjoy working in different techniques, and am always expanding my scope of work. Generally, I illustrate for the advertising industry, but have also participated in various independent projects. In addition to this, I frequently display my work in galleries throughout Chile.

Philippe Intraligi: Brooklyn, New York, USA

I am an artist specializing in a wide range of disciplines - branding, fashion, graphic design and illustration. Multilingual and multifaceted, my creative imagery and precise design has led to close relationships with renowned clients around the globe including: Nike, IBM, MTV, Adidas Originals, BMW, Citibank, VW, Audi, Rocawear just to name a few. I run Studio Intraligi in the heart of Brooklyn, New York.

Hannah McCarty: Corvallis, Oregon, USA

I gravitated toward graphic design early in high school, enjoying information organization for various reports and learning the fundamentals in graphic design classes. Now, I love graphic design for the visual twist it puts on problem solving and communication, as well as for the collaborative opportunities that arise from being surrounded by creative people! In my current projects, I work towards clean and functional solutions with an emphasis on quality and craftsmanship.

KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVES:

- Three models of sunglasses that will only ever be sold on Kickstarter

- Access to art that won't be sold on our website until 2015 

- One year warranty on any manufacturing defects

THE T-SHIRTS:

- 100% Organic Cotton American Apparel Brand T-Shirt with Bosky Logo

- Choose from the two designs below (Sizes S-XL)

Bosky Black T Shirt
Bosky Black T Shirt
Bosky White T shirt
Bosky White T shirt

Count me in. What's next?

Any help with promoting this campaign is greatly appreciated! We hope to make a bit of a splash and would be so thankful to anyone who helps us share our project via word of mouth, social media, or any other creative idea (Goodyear Blimp anyone?)

If you are an artist and like what we are doing, we would love to feature your work on a pair of Boskys. Send us an email at designers@boskyoptics.com and let’s get talking.

Just another big thank you to everyone involved in this campaign and everyone who has helped share it or pledged (or both!). You all are the best and anything we can do to help you in any of your ventures, let us know. Startups succeed because of the people supporting them.

Thank you all again,

Alex Cruft and Matthew Miner

As requested, here is a side-by-side photo of the small [on the right] and large [on the left] models.

If we hit our stretch goal of an additional $500, we will include the herringbone-wool carrying pouch pictured above with every pair of sunglasses (current and future backers). Don't forget to share and like our campaign! Thanks!

Risks and challenges

The Bosky team has put countless hours, working with artists, engraving sample pairs of sunglasses, consulting with fashion experts, and incorporating your feedback into our Kickstarter.

Along with having refined and perfected our engravings, we have found a reliable manufacturer for our goods. We have done everything possible to ensure the production, packaging, and shipping are streamlined to provide the most efficient and pleasant experience for you, our supporters.

That being said, unexpected issues can arise. The biggest risk we can foresee is timing. We expect that we can have all of our sunglasses finished 1-2 weeks after our Kickstarter funds are released. Engravings can begin as soon as the sunglasses are completed, and the average turn around time is 1-2 weeks, with priority given to the earlier backers. We anticipate we can begin shipping in mid to late August.

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FAQ

  • Aside from engraving graphics from artists around the globe onto our models, we also offer incredibly durable sunglasses. Most other companies offer single-layer cuts of wood that will snap or crack very easily, while our models are all quadruple-layered or more. We offer a one-year warranty on every pair sold on Kickstarter to ensure customers are satisfied with their purchase. The warranty covers any manufacturing defects, such as the hinge mount or frame fractures.

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  • All of our sunglasses come with polarized lenses made of CR-39 resin. CR-39 lenses are incredibly scratch-resistant and shatter-resistant, along with higher clarity.

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  • Each model has stainless steel spring-loaded hinges.

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Rewards

  • You selected
    Pledge $10 or more

    4 backers

    SEED - Thanks for joining our movement! Your donation plants the seed that will help us grow. In exchange, we will handwrite a thank you note and include a full-size Bosky sticker to show just how much we appreciate you.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $25 or more

    5 backers

    FOLIAGE - Get your very own Bosky 100% organic cotton T-shirt. Choose from either black or white. (Small - XL)

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $85 or more

    50 backers All gone!

    SEEDLING - For being one of the first 50 backers, we will give you any sunglasses you want, with any design you want. Oh, and did I mention you get an EARLYBIRD special of $30 off? Sunglasses will retail for $115.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $100 or more

    7 backers Limited (43 left of 50)

    SAPLING - Oops, you missed the first earlybird special. No worry! You can still get a gorgeous pair of sunglasses for a second EARLYBIRD special at $15 off. Sunglasses will retail for $115.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $115 or more

    0 backers

    TREE – Pick a model, pick a design. Let’s get you turning heads with a pair of engraved wood sunglasses.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $170 or more

    4 backers

    THICKET - Can't choose between two designs? Why not get both! Give one two a friend or hoard them both, doesn't matter to us. Retail price of $230.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $950 or more

    0 backers Limited (5 left of 5)

    FOREST - Get sunglasses with every design [13 pairs total]. So if you live, breathe and sweat Bosky like we do, this may be the package for you [Or maybe making choices is stressful]. Retail price of $1,495.

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    Ships anywhere in the world

Funding period

- (30 days)