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The Perfect Aviator Sunglasses: Titanium, Polarized, Perfectly Balanced, Strong, Lightweight, and Extremely Durable.
The Perfect Aviator Sunglasses: Titanium, Polarized, Perfectly Balanced, Strong, Lightweight, and Extremely Durable.
The Perfect Aviator Sunglasses: Titanium, Polarized, Perfectly Balanced, Strong, Lightweight, and Extremely Durable.
1,239 backers pledged $214,345 to help bring this project to life.

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The Hughes - Aerospace Grade Titanium Aviator Sunglasses

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The Hughes are titanium, aviator-style sunglasses completely reengineered to be strong, light, perfectly balanced, fit comfortably, and have incredible optics.

Finally, the perfect aviator-style sunglasses

Most sunglasses are flimsy, break easily, fit terribly, and are marked up to ridiculous prices. One company owns nearly 90% of the sunglasses market and has slowed innovation and price fixed eyewear. William Painter is changing this by completely re-engineering classic styles, using state of the art materials, and cutting out the middle man.

A complete new approach to how sunglasses are designed and constructed - The Hughes.


What does that mean for you? 
They're a new level of quality, durability, perfect balance, the best optics and fit amazingly - allowing you to be you.
 

Look who's talking about William Painter Sunglasses: 

Celebrities that wear William Painter sunglasses:

Celebrities like Diplo, Skrillex, Lupe Fiasco, 3lau and Tim Ferriss prefer William Painter over other brands.
 

Here's what customers have said about our other sunglasses:

 

What makes The Hughes different from other shades?

 AEROSPACE GRADE TITANIUM FRAME

Titanium is the strongest metal for its weight, which allows you to use your sunglasses actively without worrying about them breaking. These sunglasses are made from the same materials used in a Fighter jet, F1 Race Car, Lamborghini, Bugatti Veyron and many ultra-luxury watches. The Hughes are extremely strong, but also deceptively light. Titanium is also hypoallergenic, meaning it is perfectly safe for the human body. Doctors use the element for hip and knee replacements for this reason.

ARMOUR COATING

You are an active person, who needs eyewear that can keep up. We examined drill bits, knives, firearms and F1 race car pistons. From this, we developed our own titanium protective coating. Our coating "Armour" comes in both matte gold and matte black! This stuff is strong... like military strong.  

REAR WEIGHTED BALANCE

Ever had sunglasses fall down your nose? We HATE that! Proper sunglass fitment is taken to heart. By using a thick titanium and ultralight lens, we are able to greatly improve the center of balance. This makes for a very comfortable fit, helping ensure the glasses stay planted on your beautiful face.  

WORLD'S LIGHTEST POLARIZED LENSES

Lenses are taken VERY seriously around here. What's the point in making awesome sunglasses if the optics are crappy? We literally searched all around the world looking at various types of lenses. From Glass, Polycarbonate, CR39, Acrylic, and Nylon. Each one has its merits but we wanted something truly exceptional. We are extremely proud to introduce William Painter's Lifelong Lenses. They are the lightest in the world, less than half the weight of traditional glass lenses. Our lenses offer superior optical quality, durability, and acid resistance to anything else on the market. Our lenses are PREMIUM - they cost more to produce than an entire Oakley pair.

NEXT-GEN POLARIZATION

Polarized lenses neutralizes glare, clear up objects and reduce eye strain. They work especially well on car windshields, oceans or lakes and other high glare environments. Typically lenses have a polarizing and tint coating added to the top of the lens to achieve this effect. Over time, however, the polarizing and tint can bubble and flake off of the lens. Have you ever seen a bad tint job on a car? Same problem. Our LifeLong Lenses go one step further. We integrate both the polarizing and tint layers all the way through the lens, so it will last forever.

HYDROPHOBIC LENS TECHNOLOGY

Just like a leaf that repels water, our Lifelong Lenses come with a  Hydrophobic coating.  It is applied to the front and back of the lens, repels moisture and water buildup. Water literally shoots right off the lens! This coating prevents streaks and sheens and greatly improves visibility if the lenses get wet.  

LASER ETCHED

We want you to have only the very best. Each one of our titanium arms is laser engraved to ensure it stands the test of time. It's the details that matter, and we think it is the perfect finishing touch. 

PROTECTIVE HARDCASE 

We have worked really hard on making a high quality pair of glasses, but also a way to protect them. The William Painter hardcase is custom built for the "Hughes,"it fits snuggly and doesn't shake around when moving the case. We tried over 100 hardcases and this one is perfect. 

REWARDS

Sticker Pack - $5

14K Gold Lapel Pin - $10

  The Gold Hughes - $125

The Black Hughes - $125

The Hughes Dual Pack (Both Colors) - $250


Why Kickstarter? 

Kickstarter allows us to purchase the materials required to create the Hughes. This includes: Our LifeLong Lenses, titanium and hard cases. This stuff is extremely high quality, but it is also expensive. We need your help!

William Painter wouldn't exist without the Kickstarter community. Oh, what a journey it has been from our first KS project (The Jackhawk 9000). Since then, we have built manufacturing relationships, developed skill sets and solved many problems of the eyewear industry. William Painter was born on Kickstarter, and is proud to be back with the Hughes. Thank you for your support!

What's Next?

Here's the timeline to production:

  • April- June Make lots of new Kickstarter friends
  • Late June -  Use funds to pay for final inventory invoice
  • July - Finish Production
  • Late July:  All orders ship to customers

Please Pledge Your Support!  

Any pledge amount brings us one step closer to our goal. We need your help to bring these to market! Help us make The Hughes sunglasses possible by clicking the ‘Back This Project’ button at the top of the page, or by helping us spread the word by sharing our page.

Thank you so much for your support! We look forward to delivering these amazing sunglasses and watch you get all of those jealous stares!

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Risks and challenges

We have worked extremely hard to ready this product for Kickstarter and full-scale manufacturing and fulfillment, but here are what we see as the risks:

MANUFACTURING: The molds and tooling have already been created. The manufacturer has lined up and is trusted as we have used them for our other pairs.

FULFILLMENT: Sometimes things get a bit crazy and stuff happens that can’t be planned for: a supplier misses a deadline, customs clearance or a shipment gets lost. Those things could cause a delay. We are using an experienced logistics team in Asia to get our products to the US. We have used them before, from there the product goes into our 3PL warehouse and should be on the way to you shortly after that!

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    We will send you a William Painter die cut sticker for your car and a sticker pack of various sizes. In addition you will be part of an exclusive list to get news and updates before everyone else.

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    We will send you a 14 karat gold William Painter logo lapel pin! Perfect for accessorizing your suits, bags, hats, and beanies.

    Total Savings off MSRP: $15

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    EARLY-BIRD SPECIAL for "The GOLD Hughes." They are made from titanium, have top of the line nylon polarized lenses, and have the perfect balance.

    The Hughes will retail for $185.

    Total Savings off MSRP: $75

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    Pledge $125 or more About $125

    Get 1 pair of "The MATTE BLACK HUGHES." They are made from titanium, have top of the line nylon polarized lenses, and have the perfect balance

    The Hughes will retail for $185.

    Total Savings off MSRP: $60

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    Pledge $125 or more About $125

    Get 1 pair of "The GOLD HUGHES." They are made from titanium, have top of the line nylon polarized lenses, and have the perfect balance

    The Hughes will retail for $185.

    Total Savings off MSRP: $60

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    Get 1 pair of "The MATTE BLACK HUGHES." SECOND SHIPMENT. They are made from titanium, have top of the line nylon polarized lenses, and have the perfect balance

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    Pledge $220 or more About $220

    Get 2 pairs of "The Hughes." (Includes both colors) They are made from titanium, have top of the line nylon polarized lenses, and have the perfect balance

    The retail value of 2 Hughes is $370.

    Total Savings Off MSRP: $150

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    Pledge $220 or more About $220

    Get 2 pairs of "The Hughes" SECOND SHIPMENT (Includes both colors) They are made from titanium, have top of the line nylon polarized lenses, and have the perfect balance

    The retail value of 2 Hughes is $370.

    Total Savings Off MSRP: $150

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    Pledge $550 or more About $550

    Get 5 pairs of "The Hughes." (Choose any color combination you want) They are made from titanium, have top of the line nylon polarized lenses, and have the perfect balance

    The retail value of 5 Hughes is $925.

    Total Savings Off MSRP: $400

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    Pledge $550 or more About $550

    Get 5 pairs of "The Hughes" SECOND SHIPMENT (Choose any color combination you want) They are made from titanium, have top of the line nylon polarized lenses, and have the perfect balance

    The retail value of 5 Hughes is $925.

    Total Savings Off MSRP: $400

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