I'm Gerry and I'm the founder of Wooden Republic. Words don't adequately express my appreciation for your support. So, for each milestone we hit we're rewarding everyone! If we reach our goal of $20K you will receive your WR sunglasses delivered straight to your door. Help us reach $35K and we get the opportunity to present you with our new range of WR wood and genuine leather watches! We will offer combo rewards of WR sunglasses and watches as a pack, but we can’t do this without making our initial goal, so please help us by donating and sharing this project with your friends!
WE HAVE ADDED FREE CUSTOM DESIGNED WR CASES TO EVERY ORDER! SO IF YOU HAVE ALREADY BACKED US YOU WILL BE RECEIVING A FREE CASE WITH YOUR ORDER! COURTESY FROM THE TEAM AT WOODEN REPUBLIC.
In 2013 I took a trip to Thailand, which changed the course of my life forever, because while there I made friends with an amazing group of people who valued life, adventure and individuality. Among them were surfers, skaters, martial arts professionals and artists who loved to get involved in each other's passions. Thailand has been home for me now for over 2 years.
On a surfing trip to the Philippines, we stumbled across a local merchant who specialised in making handmade wooden sunglasses, which caught all of our attention. So we did what we had to do and purchased way too many glasses, making that merchant filthy rich that day. Unfortunately that feeling of happiness was short lived and it wasn’t long until our glasses started falling apart while backpacking and surfing around the island. After grieving over our losses, we began talking about designing and creating our own wooden sunglasses that would survive any adventure…and just like that Wooden Republic was born. Game changer!
After hundreds of designs and re-designs and about a million prototypes Wooden Republic is ready to be shared with the world. Each of our designs are a reflection of each of our passions, and you can see that our collections are an homage to active living through surf, skate, martial arts and travel.
So who is Wooden Republic?
Just a bunch of kids chasing their dreams
Throughout our research when designing our glasses we realised how much waste is consumed by mass commercial production. So we have decided its very important to us to only source recycled and biodegradable materials when manufacturing our products. We have also made it our mission to give back what we take, by donating a portion of our sales to organisations that actively take part in cultivating more trees to offset deforestation as a community.
Our mission is to build a community of like-minded people who support the balance between fashion and nature. On a larger scale our goal is to educate and inspire our community to be awesome by understanding the importance of the balance between man and nature.
In 2014 we officially launched Wooden Republic’s online store www.woodenrepublic.com. Soon enough we started building an online following and began distributing our sunglasses all around the world. Things sped up really quickly, and I don’t think any of us were expecting the volume of demand that erupted onto our dashboard. Unfortunately as a small start up we just couldn’t keep up with the orders efficiently enough with our very limited resources, and so we were left with no choice but to close our online door. Sadly some of us decided it was time for them to walk away from the project, but luckily for all of you we have some incredibly stubborn people among our ranks, and so the rest of us decided that we weren't going to turn our back on the community we built, who love and support what we are trying to do. So that’s how Wooden Republic got here to the Kickstarter community and this is where you guys come into our story.
With the help of some great friends, we have built over 40 prototypes, and now we are ready to share our project with the world!
We have made it our priority to design sunglasses to last any adventure. To make a product that is as durable as it is beautiful, we only offer sunglasses made with five-layer cuts of sustainably sourced wood so you know we mean business!
Big head or small, Wooden Republic sunnies are guaranteed to fit everyone comfortably. Our stainless-steel flex hinges keep your glasses perfectly locked onto your head all day.
Wooden Republic lenses are made from multiple thermally fused polycarbonate layers. The centre layer contains a horizontally polarised film to cut glare from reflective surfaces and water.
The coloured layer contains a bi-gradient-tint film with a variable Visible Light Transmission rating of 12% at the edges and 18% in the centre, making them ideal for environments which involve both strong sunlight and strong reflected light—such as on the snow, at the beach or on the water.
The flash mirrored layer heightens contrast and blocks 100% of all UVA, UVB and UV400 ultraviolet rays, far surpassing US ANSI Z80.3-2001 regulations. The final layer features a clear and durable scratch-resistant layer to keep them looking great no matter what you throw at them.
The Kimura collection is an homage to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Rafael our resident black belt lives and breathes jiu jits and wanted to share BJJ philosophy with the world. So we gave him a platform and he created beautiful art out of bamboo temples and acetate frames making the finest handmade wooden sunglasses. Naming each piece with deadly BJJ manoeuvrers such as The TURTLE, this collection is one of our best sellers!
The Shaka collection is all about surf culture bruh! Adam our very own pro amateur surfer among the ranks designed these glasses after being inspired by vintage wooden surfboards. He named each piece using "surf slang" to drop some knowledge on the WR community!
The Decks collection is exactly what it says it is. Comprised of recycled maple wood sourced from old skateboards, these wooden sunglasses are made by skaters for skaters! Ultra durable, so you can eat concrete all day, Wooden Republic knows how to make solid products. We have lots more colours for this collection up our sleeve, and we hope to be releasing them soon. Check out this link http://woodenrepublic.com/collections/decks-collection to see what's to come!
The Nomadic Collection is one that resonates with the crew at Wooden Republic. Travelling on each of our own little adventures is how we all came to meet, and travel remains a big part of our lifestyles today. This collection of wooden sunglasses captures, the simplistic nature of travellers, and has been specially handcrafted to endure, the long road ahead of any nomad.
The Rastafari movement is a way of life, which mainly focuses on good energy and freedom. The IRIE tries to capture these ideologies in its design, colours and patterns. The mixture of black, red, yellow and green layers of maple wood makes a bold statement on the street!
Our biggest goal with this Kickstarter project is to get Wooden Republic back out into the world so they can be enjoyed again. As a result, the rewards for your support are pretty simple: you get some!
Each backer will be sent a survey at the end of the campaign to collect your shipping details. This survey will also allow you to select your choice of sunglasses and lens colour from our collections.
To all our international friends please note: You, the buyer, are responsible for any VAT, tariff, duty, taxes, handling fees, customs clearance charges, etc. required by your country for importing consumer goods.
We have sought out the best in the business to deliver our backers their rewards quickly and efficiently. Our manufacturers have decades of experience and are masters of their craft and we are also working with Shipwire the most reputable third party logistics company to distribute our glasses worldwide, and we cant forget our friends at Backerkit who will be handling all your surveys and any special requests. With our powers combined we have devised this timeline to give you a clear time frame on all the behind the scenes action. We have this covered!
Wooden Republic is about building a community of like-minded people who value life, sustainability, innovation and individuality. Help us grow our community by donating and sharing our campaign so that you, and many others can receive your pair of WR glasses to become official members of Wooden Republic.
Risks and challenges
We feel confident to say that we are very capable of executing anything necessary to run a successful campaign, and most importantly, to deliver the product within the timeline.
Of course there can always be unforeseen matters/delays that we cannot control. If a problem comes up, our community of supporters will be the first to know if anything unexpected happens. But don't worry we have done our homework, we have carefully chosen our factories, and our manufacturers have decades of experience producing handmade sunglasses, so the risks are very minimal.
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