O’Riginals Trading Co. is back at it with the new Stoker Line. Stokers are a style born of the Industrial Revolution brought into the Modern Era, with echos that can be heard from the Railroads of the Scottish Highlands to the halls of Bran Castle, home of Vlad Drăculea.
The new Stoker Sunglass line by O'Riginals Trading Co. will be a fantastic addition to your daily wear. They cover all the bases when it comes to style and functionality. This is the fourth Sunglass line that I have launched, actually it is the one I wanted to launch first 3 years ago...but I'll get into that later.
Let's just get to the glasses. The Stoker Sunglasses are a Stainless Steel frame with palladium plating making them strong, lightweight and comfortable on the skin. The D-Lens and Temple arm design use a quad pin and screw construction for ultimate stability in lens temple articulation. All 4 lenses of the Stoker Sunglasses are UV400 Polycarbonate, making them protective, lightweight and durable. Modern bridge and nose-pad assembly make The Stoker very comfortable to wear.
The Stoker Zephyr is a beautiful classic Amber UV 400 lens. All but one of the Stoker color ways names is based on an historic passenger train, tying the Stoker in with the birth of the 'Railroad' glasses in the O'Riginal Steampunk Era of the 1860s.
From the Zephyr trains of the United States we move across the Sea to Great Britain for The Stoker Scotsman.
The Scotsman has a beautiful gray lens inspired by my Scottish mother and the Highlands of her youth that she would tell me about when I was just a 'wee man.'
The Stoker Neptune is a classic Green colored lens and brings us back to the tracks of North America.
Comfortable and Functional Stoker Sunglasses make a statement.
I have multiple Steampunk Dracula fans on my Facebook page, when they saw The Stoker they pleaded for me to make a color way with pale blue lensing. Let me introduce The Stoker Vlad.
The Stoker Vlad is pretty outstanding and as with any Stoker they look great on Her, Him, or Them.
The final addition to the Stoker Line is the Silver Streak. I was just able to sample them at the last minute so we didn't do a model shoot with them. They are terrific with a dystopian vibe. I love them.
I have launched 3 other lines and have realized that one size does not fit all so the Stoker Sunglass line will be offered in two sizes. If you normally find Sunglasses too large for you the small Stokers will be for you with a 4.84" width. For those of us with a medium to larger head you may want to try the large Stokers with a 5.5" width. Below are drawings and an image of both sizes.
I have loved glasses with side-shields since I first saw them in the movie The Thing in 1982 about the same time Sting from The Police was wearing them. I of course had to have some and purchased a pair of Vuarnet 028s with leather side-shields and loved them. Those were the days.
Then on April 12, 2013 I was watching a television show called Da Vinci’s Demons. During an episode one of the main characters ‘Riario’ was sporting a pair of glasses that I had never seen before. THE LENSES OPENED TO BE SIDE-SHIELDS!!!!!!
They were amazing! I had to have them!
As anyone today would, I jumped on the internet to see if I could find them. I couldn’t. Because they aren’t made, and the ones I had seen on television were probably from the 1860s. ARGH!!
This was the beginning of a quest that I didn’t know I was on.
These are actually four lens or D lens glasses , also called “railway spectacles”. In 1797 John Richardson patented four-lens glasses which rotated in from the sides. They became popular in the 19th Century when train travelers sought to protect their eyes from wind, smoke and sparks from the track. It is this piece of history that I have derived the name 'Stoker'.
As a hobby I began refurbishing vintage safety glasses from the 1910s to the 1930s. I was unable to refurbish the railroad glasses as the lens configuration was too difficult for me, but I was really happy with the glasses I was doing. The glasses were a hit because people began to buy them off my face. I began selling refurbished glasses as sunglasses on my website and began to build a sizable FB page.
I realized this was a product people wanted so I knew I needed to start making them new and top quality. Thus began a very successful crowdfund on a different site for my O'Riginals Trading Co. Sterlings, which I still sell on my website. That was in 2016 and the O'Riginals Trading Co is Still going strong.
This is what customers think of my other lines.
Here are a few examples of my other lines.
I am almost at direct order phase of the process, I have done much of the heavy lifting before starting this campaign, which included a fairly large cash outlay developing the final samples. I want to do one more tweak to the glasses design. The tweak is structural and will not impact the look and style whatsoever. This will be done over the period of the Kickstarter campaign. Once the campaign is complete I will place the order and use funds from the campaign to finance the order and fulfillment.
My goal is just enough to secure a minimum order on the manufacturing side. If a few people love these half as much as I do I am sure we will be funded.
I would like to thank some folks without whom I would not have been able to do any of this.
First my awesome wife Rachel Stephens who took the model shots and puts up with me on a day to day basis. Try living with an entrepreneur, it can be a bit of a roller coaster. Also my daughters Eideann and Teagan who've helped label box and tell Daddy when the glasses designs aren't cool.
Clara Brant @clara_brant, Donovan Brant
From the Band Heathen Apostles
Mather Louth, Chopper Franklin (The Cramps)<---A little fanboy here.
Evelyn Kriete of Jaborwhalky Productions
Drum Track Provided by Chris Dini @chrisdini
Risks and challenges
I know about this part as I have funded two of my lines using crowdfunding. Let me be honest, both were late in delivery and that is the largest challenge. One was very late due to errors at the factory level, but was fulfilled with 2500 pair of glasses delivered. Manufacturing is really hard and when you are a small company sometimes your order can get pushed to the back.
That said, I have successfully manufactured and covered the amount that backers have entrusted with me for both of those campaigns. I have consciously made this a long lead time for delivery and will work my tail off to shorten it, but I would prefer that backers know there is the possibility that manufacturing could be delayed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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