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High quality sunglasses featuring lenses by Zeiss optics, that transparently donates 45 meals to feed hungry Americans!
Founded to inspire others, design quality products and support solutions to solve America's hunger problem.
Founded to inspire others, design quality products and support solutions to solve America's hunger problem.
184 backers pledged $18,028 to help bring this project to life.

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As brothers born on opposite sides of the country, Beck and Oliver ventured to build a brand that shares their unique coastal styles. With Beck having grown up in Southern California and Oliver in New England, they have worked to refine traditional California surfwear, while adding a blend of east coast design. 

Their goal wasn’t just to create another clothing brand. Rather, they set out to leave a lasting impact, to be something that is more than just a label.

Balboa was founded by a generation born into a world that needs fixing. Beck and Oliver’s parents instilled in them an attitude to not take life’s simplest necessities for granted. As they grew up, they learned the value in helping others. Whether it was seeking out homeless in downtown LA or working on organic farms, the two developed an affinity for aiding those in the community that couldn’t afford proper food.

Bringing together their love for clothing and their passion for ending hunger, Balboa was born.

Balboa’s plan is simple. For every product sold, a set number of meals is donated nationwide to America’s hungry population.

We have spent months at the drawing boards, developing what we believe are some of the finest shades on the market. Our wood sunglasses are crafted with bamboo, a renewable resource that grows faster than we can keep up with. It grows three feet on average every day. 

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These bamboo shades are fitted with quality components including “Optics by Carl Zeiss Vision” CR-39 lenses considered the clearest lenses on the market (VIP models only or if we reach our stretch goal) or polarized CR-39 lenses. They also come equipped with a DWR (Durable water repellent) finish to ensure that they withstand every element you encounter. But we saved the best for last, each pair of bamboo sunglasses purchased directly donates 45 meals to hungry Americans!

Through working with industry experts we are also proud to launch 100% biodegradable acetate frames. Sourced from an Italian acetate manufacturer that has been in business for over a century, we are able to share with you acetate developed through an innovative new process that fuses cotton and wood fibers. This allows for superior flexibility while maintaing the frames original form through a range of temperatures.

Our brand has always been about giving back to those in need, that is why every pair of sunglasses we sell displays a unique frame stamp (located on the base of the left arm) indicating that you have directly donated 45 meals to hungry Americans.

*To comply with kickstarter's rules and regulations all proceeds from our our campaign cannot be directly donated. They will however be used to support the foundation of our company which will directly donate meals for every product sold.

Our eyewear is handcrafted start to finish, from the selection of high quality raw materials to putting the final markings on the inside of the frame. We believe in our product and we want you to be sure that you are receiving the highest quality goods available, that is why we hand test each pair to ensure that it passes our rigorous quality standards. Put simply, if we wouldn't wear them, we won't sell them.

We set out to outfit the traveler and adventurer in all of us. That is why we have put so much emphasis on producing environmentally sustainable eyewear.

We couldn't just stop at eyewear. Thats why we searched long and hard for a perfect supplier of 100% ring-spun t-shirts. Amazingly we found the perfect fit, right here in the USA. This local supplier to California apparel companies has been in business for over ten years now and we were immediately impressed by the quality of the shirts we received. 

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Our eco-friendly bamboo eyewear comes in five different models for you to choose from:

 Our 100% recycled acetate frames are being shipped in two models:

To see more photos from every angle check out our website at www.balboashop.com

Check out our spring line of Basic T's for you to choose from:

With the Stingray Package or any other package containing Designer T's you can select from our Limited Edition Kickstarter T's below:

Or for our Designer T Packages, your options are endless as you can choose from any T we produce!

 To see where you should pledge check out our reward table listed below:

With the mission to be more than just another label, Balboa reflects this in each and every product.

The balboa team did not want to be a company that donates a percentage of revenues to a distant charity; instead we wanted to create a system where the customer knows exactly how they have provided help. We set up our own non-profit foundation, Meals for America, which donates money to Feeding America as well as to a collection of other grassroots solutions. Every product is then stamped with a number, identifying how many meals that customer provided to hungry Americans through these donation channels.

By being transparent we hope to change the marketplace culture and enlighten people on their power as a consumer.

*To comply with kickstarter's rules and regulations all proceeds from our our campaign cannot be directly donated. They will however be used to support the foundation of our company which will directly donate meals for every product sold.

As with all new companies a logo plays an integral part in the identity behind a brand. The Balboa Team knew they wanted to capture the simplicity of the world’s beauty yet they needed a symbol that could reflect their humanitarian efforts.

Today pineapple is considered a symbol of hospitality and generosity, a perfect fit for a company whose mission is to support solutions towards ending hunger in America. Not only does it serve as a worldly symbol, but pineapple is an incredibly nutritious fruit: a symbol of the healthy foods that are desperately needed in communities across the nation.

We have worked tirelessly to provide a brand that you would love. One that seeks to enjoy life, while helping others along the way. Our work, money and time have taken us to this very kickstarter.

We now need you for this journey to continue. Your generous backing will help provide us with the resources to establish an adequate inventory as well as funding to bring to life our brand, as we continue to expand our product line. We love this world and it’s people, please help us continue to pursue our mission to see everything and give something.

Growing up in both California and the East Coast, Beck has gained a passion for outdoor pursuits. He has been an avid ocean swimmer since he was little and has continued to seek out salt water everywhere he travels. A current student at Manhattanville College (NY), Beck has taken his knowledge of operational management and applied it towards the development of what you see today.

Responsible for organizing the overall operations of the company, Beck has served as a driving force behind the development and sourcing of balboa's products. When Beck is taking a step away from Balboa, you can find him swimming, surfing, fly-fishing, and just enjoying life.

Email: Beck@balboashop.com

An east coast native Oliver has always loved to travel, especially out West. As a current student at the University of Richmond (VA), Oliver has focused his passion for entrepreneurship and humanitarian causes to help create a brand that generates good for our communities.

Responsible for managing the marketing front, as well as collaborating on innovation and design,  Oliver is constantly working on the branding and aesthetic aspects of Balboa. When he is not busy sending a note out to one of the Ambassadors, Oliver can be found in the ocean, hiking, or simply enjoying the summer sun.

Email: Oliver@balboashop.com

Growing up in the Northeast with frequent visits to the mountains out West, Harry has developed a knack for adventure. By studying Cinema with a minor in Digital Art at Elon University, he is able to explore his passions while traveling the world. Harry is currently finishing up his semester in California, where he has immersed himself in the film industry in Los Angeles.

In addition to being a videographer, Harry is an avid skier and spends a lot of his time on the mountains in Colorado. This past year, Harry has worked hard collecting footage on his travels for our kickstarter video and has used his camera to make Balboa’s mantra of “seeing everything” come alive.

Check out all our Ambassadors through the link below: 

Interested in learning more about us? Check out our social media pages or visit our website at www.balboashop.com

Visit our website to see more in depth information regarding products, materials, and learn more about how we got started.

Risks and challenges

After coffee binges and tons of work the Balboa Production Team has finally crossed all the t's and dotted all our i's. As hard as we worked to this point the last thing we want is our opportunity to go wasted. Nevertheless here are the risks:

MANUFACTURING: No matter how much expertise and experience you have, there is always room for small error. That is why we have partnered with established manufacturers to produce both our acetate and bamboo frames. To minimize delays we have worked with our suppliers of raw materials to ensure that on our call we can begin production. We've also worked hard to pencil out lead times and establish a line of communication between our material suppliers and manufacturing firms.This ensures the smoothest transition of materials possible, but just to be safe we are leaving a little extra time as a cushion.

FULFILLMENT: Sometimes the seas get rough and things get a little crazy. Whether its a machine breaking down, a miscommunication between a supplier, or a shipment gets lost in the mail. Those things could slow down the delivery process. For all these reasons, it makes us feel that much better that we have been working for a year to establish lasting communications with our suppliers. This isn't our first rodeo and we will work tirelessly to ensure that you get exactly what you asked for.

In any process there are always bumps in the road, it is our job to minimize these as much as possible. And you can rest assure we have been on top of the ball since day one.

Any pledge amount makes a difference! Join the Balboa family by backing our project or through helping us spread the word by sharing our page.

Thank you for Kicking it Forward! http://kickingitforward.org

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    You'll get access to all of our backer updates, allowing you to keep up with the latest news on Balboa™.

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    Your a brave small fish in a big ocean. We'll send you one of our hand designed sticker packs to share our story with your friends and family. Join the wave and spread the word!

    Stay connected and share an adventurous picture with us on Instagram at #balboashop for a chance to be featured on our website!

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    1 Limited Edition Kickstarter T

    Throughout our Kickstarter we will be launching more designs for you to choose from. Check back in with us and watch as your options grow!

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    By backing us early you'll Save 30% on any pair of our bamboo sunglasses!
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    1 Pair of Sunglasses (your choice)

    Choose from 5 awesome options of handcrafted, sustainably made bamboo sunglasses. Or choose from either pair of 100% biodegradable acetate frames. Join the wave to See everything. Give something.

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    1 VIP Pair of Sunglasses (your choice)
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    You've gone above and beyond and for that reason your part of the VIP Backer Club. Your sunglasses will feature premium polarized Zeiss lenses and OBE hinges considered by optical experts as the highest quality materials on the market.

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    1 VIP Custom Engraved Pair of Sunglasses
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    2 VIP Pairs of Sunglasses (your choice)
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    You've gone above and beyond and for that reason your part of the VIP Backer Club. Your sunglasses will feature premium polarized Zeiss lenses and OBE hinges considered by optical experts as the highest quality materials on the market.

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    2 VIP Custom Engraved Pairs of Sunglasses
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    4 Designer T-shirts

    You've gone above and beyond and for that reason your part of the VIP Backer Club. Your sunglasses will feature premium polarized Zeiss lenses and OBE hinges considered by optical experts as the highest quality materials on the market.

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Funding period

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