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Charlie V Sunglasses are precision engineered with an exclusive, twist and pivot hinge design, for a more compact folding position
Charlie V Sunglasses are precision engineered with an exclusive, twist and pivot hinge design, for a more compact folding position
Charlie V Sunglasses are precision engineered with an exclusive, twist and pivot hinge design, for a more compact folding position
113 backers pledged $18,641 to help bring this project to life.

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Charlie V: Unique Sunglasses With a "Twist"

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Looking For Charlie V Sunglasses? Visit www.CharlieV.us

What Makes These Shades So Cool???

Charlie V- Making faces look better since 2015
Charlie V- Making faces look better since 2015

Charlie V. True Americana    

Charlie V sunglasses are American made and uniquely crafted to convey the qualities my dad exhibited throughout his life. They are precision engineered with a world exclusive, patent pending, twist and pivot hinge design—enabling a more compact folding position. This is great for slipping in your shirt pocket or stowing in an overhead bin inside your car. The arms are also less exposed to potential damage because they’re not bulging outward when folded.

The luxury compact with a "twist"
The luxury compact with a "twist"

Twist and Pivot Hinge Design 

A standard fold Vs. twist and pivot fold...Whoa!
A standard fold Vs. twist and pivot fold...Whoa!

Who Is Charlie V?    

My dad, Charlie Victor Alcini was a highly skilled superior craftsman and artist. He always believed in working to the best of your ability, never sacrificing integrity or quality… it showed in his fruit and character. As a clay sculptor and model maker in Detroit, he applied these qualities to every project he worked on. When I was younger, I remember tagging along with my dad and seeing his dedication and commitment to not only his work, but to his family. We lost him too soon, he was only 66… but his legacy lives on in the sunglasses aptly named after him.

Live your ACTIVE LIFE in Charlie V's
Live your ACTIVE LIFE in Charlie V's

The Frames  

The frames are designed, engineered, tooled, produced and assembled in the USA. Employing time tested injection molding technologies with a tough, polycarbonate material. It is unsurpassed for toughness and meets or exceeds the performance characteristics of any directly competitive product on the market today.

Precision engineered, yet artfully refined
Precision engineered, yet artfully refined

Frame Styles

Choose from Three Hot Finishes:

  • Black
  • White
  • Matte Black (super hot in our humble opinion)
No worries, these frame styles all look great with any lens color.
No worries, these frame styles all look great with any lens color.

The Lenses

We Take Eye Protection Seriously

Our lenses are premium grade, 2mm *shatter resistant polycarbonate, meeting all US and European standards for full UV protection and are polarized for an added level of safety, comfort and protection. They come in a variety of tints and coatings. All our lenses come with Anti-Reflective coatings. Choosing one of these great styles may be difficult but looking good will be easy.

We Only Offer Polarized Lenses, Because They...

  •  Ensure over 99% UVA and UVB Protection
  •  Protect against Horizontal Glare and improve safety
  •  Reduce eye strain and add comfort
  •  Improve vision by revealing crisp, clean colors.

Polarized lenses are great for boating and water activity in general because they allow you to see into the water as opposed to glare from the sun and sky’s reflection. And we all deal with those road commutes- almost blinded by glare coming from the car in front of us. Polarized lenses have that covered too.

Six Great Finishes

Our 2mm Polarized Lens Structure

The Protective Case

With our logo embossed on the outside and foil printed on the inside, this case is almost as stunning as the treasure it protects. It’s beautiful, tough and worthy of handling your Charlie V shades. The Case comes cradled in an equally appointed sturdy box. 

Any reward with Charlie V sunglasses gets you this and more...wow!
Any reward with Charlie V sunglasses gets you this and more...wow!
Microfiber draw string pouch will protect those valuable lenses when you're on the go.
Microfiber draw string pouch will protect those valuable lenses when you're on the go.

Interactive Virtual Tour of Charlie V Shades


What's Under the Hood    

Featuring Our Exclusive Twist and Pivot Hinge

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What Defines Luxury?    

In Charlie V's eyes, it means more than precision design, top quality materials and a good fit and finish. A true luxury product will certainly convey these and other qualities but that's not enough- it must offer something distinct. Crafting a unique product from an idea requires patience, skill, experience, persistence and hard work. We feel luxury is defined by ingenuity- backed by an unquenchable desire to achieve more.

Charlie V's are lovely on the ladies. Try the white frames with the Reflective Blue or Green lenses for a sophisticated and alluring look!  Don't worry, guys, you can wear them too!
Charlie V's are lovely on the ladies. Try the white frames with the Reflective Blue or Green lenses for a sophisticated and alluring look! Don't worry, guys, you can wear them too!

Serial Number and Certificate of Authenticity

Limited Edition Charlie V shades come with serial numbers and are backed with this fine Certificate of Authenticity. Heck, when Charlie V makes it big some day, this may turn out to be a better investment for your pocket than for your eyes!  Keep those lenses shiny!

Stretch Goals 

Stretch goals are targets beyond our initial fund raising goal, and if achieved, will unlock additional “goodies" for current and future backers as a THANK YOU. They are designed to incentivize our supporters to spread the word so we can all benefit. 

Stretch Goal #1- Limited Edition Serial Numbered Frames 

If we reach $30,000: Anyone who pledges for Charlie V sunglasses gets limited edition serial numbered frames backed with a Certificate of Authenticity. 

Stretch Goal #2- Charlie V Tee 

If we reach $40,000: Anyone who pledges for Charlie V sunglasses gets stretch goal #1 plus one very stylish Charlie V Tee. 

More stretch goals will be added as needed and we are already thinking of some cool and creative ideas! Please continue the support by spreading the word; we really need your help!!!

Product Specifications: 

17 mm Bridge (15mm Bridge Available Upon Request):    

Upon completion of a successful campaign, the survey will ask about bridge size preference. Currently we offer a 17mm bridge, which fits most faces very well. We offer a smaller bridge by adding silicon adhesive nose pads. The bridge measures 15mm with these pads.


Men's and Women's Charlie V. Tee's

Men's and Women's S, M, L, XL, 2X in Black or Gray
Men's and Women's S, M, L, XL, 2X in Black or Gray

Charlie V. Embroidered Ball Cap

This distressed ball-cap is oozing in style
This distressed ball-cap is oozing in style

Compromise Is Not In Our DNA

It's been a long journey but these great shades are now ready to be shared with the world. The development and prototyping of Charlie V shades took almost 3 years of late evenings and weekends to get here. Sometimes it just takes longer to get it right, but these glasses display Charlie’s signature—which means short cuts were definitely not an option.

Top Quality Is Our Foundation

Charlie V shades are designed and engineered to last. More than 30 fully functional pair of prototypes were made for proof of concept and field testing. This is the point where many projects enter the crowdfunding phase; however, in our case, the tooling has been completed. It took some sacrifice but was worth it.

The goal is to bring a unique, rugged and sophisticated product to the world without waiting too long. And it's paying off because we are refining the molds with the tool supplier now, not later. Pre-production parts are being produced for testing, refinement and process validation.

Lower Risk to Those Who Matter Most- You

I have a team of seasoned professionals on board to ensure every pair of Charlie V shades is perfect before leaving our doors. The bottom line- risk to you is much lower, the product is better and your awesome Charlie V shades will ship sooner rather than later.

But to make this project a success, we need your support to pay for the serial production run itself, including raw materials and components. Anything left over will be put towards warranty coverage, promotion and research and development of future projects.

Our greatest chance of success is fueled by your generous support.  Be part of the Charlie V revolution and remember... "You’re unique-your shades should be too!"

In Summary, your contribution will help us finance:

  • Wholesale purchase of design specific manufactured components
  • Serial production of the Frames and Temples.
  • Tumble Finishing
  • Painting
  • Other post injection mold processes
  • Product Warranty
  • R&D for future projects
  • Promotions

Initially, we will ship to the USA, Canada and Europe.

Press and Media Coverage

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Risks and challenges

Our full disclosure to earn your trust.

We are working closely with our suppliers and have strong relationships with them. Our objectives are clearly defined to minimize delays and/or quality issues. But this is no guarantee things will go exactly as expected. To hedge potential issues, our team of professionals bring years of product development experience to the table and are ready to face any challenge. We know every detail of this product and are confident about working through any situation.

We removed much of the risk associated with the tooling process by starting it sooner. Charlie V is readying for production but refining the parts and assembly may take longer than anticipated. To offset this risk, we made very conservative time estimates to "hopefully" cover any unforeseen delays.

We are confident our early supporters shipments of Charlie V shades will go out in February 2016 and will try to get them out even sooner but there are a couple factors that may cause delays for some folks.

1: International shipping takes considerably more time than shipping domestically.
2: Production backup due to heavier than anticipated demand. This is a problem we hope to have but it may cause slight shipping delays to our late supporters because of production backup.

Our pledge is to make every effort possible to get all orders out the doors on or before their targeted delivery dates but never at the risk of compromising the product. We will keep our supporters well informed about the progress of their shipments.

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    One very stylish Charlie V Tee, one Microfiber Draw String Pouch and a "Behind the Scenes of Charlie V" pdf. After the campaign ends, you will receive a survey to choose men's or women's Shirt, size & color.

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    One awesome Charlie V embroidered Cap (one size fits all); one Microfiber Draw String Pouch and a "Behind the Scenes of Charlie V" pdf.

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    One awesome Charlie V embroidered Cap and one very stylish Tee. You also get a Microfiber Draw String Pouch and a "Behind the Scenes of Charlie V" pdf. After the campaign ends, you will receive a survey to choose men's or women's Shirt, size & color. (caps are one size fits all).

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    Early Bird Silver: One pair of Charlie V Shades, one Case cradled inside a sturdy Out Box, one Wipe Cloth and one Microfiber Draw String Pouch. After the campaign ends, you will receive a survey to choose lens color and frame style.

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    Early Bird Gold: One pair of Charlie V Shades, one Case cradled inside a sturdy Out Box, one Wipe Cloth, one Microfiber Draw String Pouch; your choice of one Tee OR one Cap. After the campaign ends, you will receive a survey to choose Lens color, Frame style, Cap or Shirt (if Shirt is selected, choose men's or women's and size & color- caps are one size fits all).

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    Early Bird Diamond: One pair of Charlie V Shades, one Case cradled inside a sturdy Out Box, one Wipe Cloth, one Microfiber Draw String Pouch; one Tee AND one Cap. After the campaign ends, you will receive a survey to choose Lens color, Frame style, men's or women's Shirt, size & color.(caps are one size fits all).

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    Level 1 Silver: One pair of Charlie V Shades, one Case cradled inside a sturdy Out Box, one Wipe Cloth and one Microfiber Draw String Pouch. After the campaign ends, you will receive a survey to choose lens color and frame style.

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    Level 1 Gold: One pair of Charlie V Shades, one Case cradled inside a sturdy Out Box, one Wipe Cloth, one Microfiber Draw String Pouch; your choice of one Tee OR one Cap. After the campaign ends, you will receive a survey to choose Lens color, Frame style, Cap or Shirt (if Shirt is selected, choose men's or women's and size & color- caps are one size fits all).

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    Level 1 Diamond: One pair of Charlie V Shades, one Case cradled inside a sturdy Out Box, one Wipe Cloth, one Microfiber Draw String Pouch; one Tee AND one Cap. After the campaign ends, you will receive a survey to choose Lens color, Frame style, men's or women's Shirt, size & color.(caps are one size fits all).

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    Early Bird Double Diamond: Two pair of Charlie V Shades, two Cases, each cradled inside their own sturdy Out Box, two Wipe Cloths, two Microfiber Draw String Pouches; two Tee's AND two Caps. After the campaign ends, you will receive a survey to choose Lens colors, Frame styles, men's and/or women's Shirts, sizes & colors.(caps are one size fits all).

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    Limited Edition- Choose your own Serial Number ranging between 21-500. Anyone who pledges to this award will be asked to give 3 choices. If there's a conflict, we will prioritize by order number. You also get Certificate of Validation; one Case cradled inside a sturdy Out Box, one Wipe Cloth, one Microfiber Draw String Pouch; one Tee AND one Cap. After the campaign ends, you will receive a survey to choose Lens color, Frame style, men's or women's Shirt, size & color.(caps are one size fits all).

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    Level 1 Double Diamond: Two pair of Charlie V Shades, two Cases, each cradled inside their own sturdy Out Box, two Wipe Cloths, two Microfiber Draw String Pouches; two Tee's AND two Caps. After the campaign ends, you will receive a survey to choose Lens colors, Frame styles, men's and/or women's Shirts, sizes & colors.(caps are one size fits all).

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    Level 2 Double Diamond: Two pair of Charlie V Shades, two Cases, each cradled inside their own sturdy Out Box, two Wipe Cloths, two Microfiber Draw String Pouches; two Tee's AND two Caps. After the campaign ends, you will receive a survey to choose Lens colors, Frame styles, men's and/or women's Shirts, sizes & colors.(caps are one size fits all).

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    Seriously Limited Edition- #11: I reserved serial numbers 1-20 for immediate family with the exception of this one. Get the 11th pair of Charlie V Shades off the line with the #11 Serial Number and a Certificate of Validation; one Case cradled inside a sturdy Out Box, one Wipe Cloth, one Microfiber Draw String Pouch; one Tee AND one Cap. After the campaign ends, you will receive a survey to choose Lens color, Frame style, men's or women's Shirt, size & color.(caps are one size fits all).

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    Retailer Package- Early Bird: 10 pair Charlie V Shades; 10 Cases cradled inside a sturdy Out Box; 10 Wipe Clothes and 10 Microfiber Draw String Pouches. After the campaign ends, you will receive a survey to choose Lens colors and Frame styles.

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    Retailer Package Plus: 10 pair Charlie V Shades; 10 Cases cradled inside a sturdy Out Box; 10 Wipe Clothes and 10 Microfiber Draw String Pouches AND 10 Shirts. After the campaign ends, you will receive a survey to choose Lens colors and Frame styles, men's or women's Shirt, sizes & colors.(caps are one size fits all).

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