About this project
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO FRAMES?
THE CAMBRIDGE is a smaller frame, recommended for small and medium-sized faces. They are 135mm across. THE CAMBRIDGE is great for guys and girls, but big-head folk should probably stick to THE HUNTINGTON. These great for medium and wide faces. However, they look great on everyone as sunglasses! They are 138mm across. They have thicker temples (the side parts of the glasses which go over your ears) and are a bigger, bolder frame, while THE CAMBRIDGE is just straight-up sleek and classy. In case you were wondering, the designs are named after places where Jimmy has lived.
For more photos and information, please visit: CollinsBrand.com
I MAKE MY PLEDGE, THEN WHAT?
After you make your pledge, you'll be able to select your frame style and color. You can also let us know at that point whether you'll be wanting a prescription for your lenses. Prescription information will be filled out separately on our website after the campaign ends. The process is actually pretty simple and everything will be clearly explained after you make your pledge. The prescription cost is just $75, which is less than half of what many shops would charge for what we're offering.
Simple. Return or exchange your glasses for any reason within 30 days after you receive them. If you are located in the United States, we will cover shipping costs. Just reach out to our support team if you have any questions or issues and we'll take it from there.
STATUS OF THE PROJECT
We're already far along in the production phase of our frames. We've gone through multiple rounds of prototypes and began final manufacturing months ago! We've already produced many of our frames and, as long as our fundraising goal is met, we feel confident that we can deliver your glasses in December 2016. We've built solid relationships with our manufacturers and lens lab, and we're ready to scale production quickly to meet whatever demand this campaign may generate.
COLLINS BRAND was established by Jimmy Collins in early 2016. Growing up in New York around his family's medical practice and optical shop, Jimmy has been a frame connoisseur for years. After wearing countless pairs of glasses made by the same big companies in the same huge overseas factories, he decided it was high time to explore the world of manufacturing and see if maybe just maybe he could make something of his own. He spent months researching and meeting with manufacturers, until he found one who offered the quality and care he knew would be essential for his grand idea. And they happened to be located right in the California Bay Area. Jimmy’s goal is to put nothing but care and relentless perfectionism into every pair of glasses made by Collins Brand. By combining high style and premium quality with advanced lenses, Jimmy believes he’s really onto something. Or maybe he's just crazy. Either way, by selling directly to the consumer, we can offer lower prices for quality that could easily break $400 in optical shops, and there's nothing wrong with that.
Both our eyeglass and sunglass lenses offer UV and blue light protection. For a more detailed look, you can check out the graph below comparing our eyeglass lenses to standard lenses. Our sunglass lenses will block out even more harmful blue light, and they are polarized for added comfort and protection. Note that some polarized lenses make it difficult to see your phone and various other screens. Our lenses are different. You will see some color shift, but you can still easily see and use your various devices. Our eyeglass lenses are all coated with a special anti-reflective material to make your glasses extremely clear and comfortable. This coating also helps keep your glasses clean. For more information, check out our website or reach out to our support team.
Here's a light transmission graph for our lenses, compared to standard lenses.
Collins Brand eyeglasses use clear polycarbonate lenses with special filters that block out virtually all UV light, and the most high-energy portion of harmful blue light. Harmful blue light (or high-energy visible light) exists in the range of 380nm-450nm. Unlike UV, this light is visible to the human eye. There are studies which show that this light can damage the retina and potentially lead to macular degeneration. But, there is still a lot that's unknown. Research on this topic is ongoing and scientists are still learning about the long-term effects of screens on our eyes. No matter how you look at it, though, protection from this light certainly can't hurt, and may actually give you a lot of benefit. (Note that due to the anti-reflective coating we use, there will be a very small loss in UV protection in the 360-380nm range.)
OUR OTHER PRODUCTS
We are currently working on a line of mechanical watches. Production is nearly complete and we are expecting to begin delivery in early 2017. The Collins Watch features a Seiko NH35 movement, sapphire crystal face, 100m water resistance, stainless steel silver or black PVD case, and a beautiful case back window (on the black case). Please visit www.collinsbrand.com for more info.
Risks and challenges
The exciting thing about this project is that we have already begun production! Our partners are some of the best in the business and have produced thousands and thousands of frames and lenses over the years. As long as we meet our fundraising goal for this Kickstarter, we will have the necessary funds to complete production on our first line of frames and fit them all with amazing high-tech lenses. We've worked hard to minimize risks to you, and that's why we've chosen to wait till now to announce our project.
Of course, if we do run into any snags along the way, you will be the first to know about it. Open communication and transparency is one of the pillars of our new brand. Also, by offering a 30-day refund, we're giving you an easy way of returning your glasses should you be dissatisfied in any way. Ultimately, the risk to our backers is very small.
We're still a small company, but we've made plans and set up infrastructure that will allow us to scale up quickly. We're excited and ready for the challenges ahead!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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