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SOLO Summer Social Went Off!

The SOLO Summer Social was awesome! We want to thank a few people for the success we had. First off to the W hotel, we could not have put on such an amazing event without your help and space. We encourage anyone in San Diego to take the time to go down and hang out on their rooftop lounge. Sun, cold drinks, and cool people; what more could you ask for? Secondly we want to thank Good on Ya drinks for supplying our guests with some delicious natural beverages. Third, Jackson Breit was one hell of a performer and musician, and we certainly owe him one for making everyone laugh, cheer, and sing along to great music throughout the party. Finally- we want to thank every one of you who came out, and especially those of you who bought SOLO's and supported our mission to give. If you didn't make it, no worries, there is always next year! 

SOLO Summer Social

We hope you’re getting excited about the Summer! We sure are at SOLO Headquarters! Over the last few months we have been preparing to release our new line of sunglasses, and we are excited to announce that they are here! Please meet the new frames in the SOLO family.

Any of the new frames in the family can be purchased on our website or in our retail locations. If you prefer to see them in person, you can drop by the “SOLO Summer Social” tomorrow, June 21st to purchase a pair in person! The event is going to run from 5-7 pm at the W Hotel Sky Beach Lounge in downtown San Diego. Entry is free- so stop by, listen to some live music, support our mission to give and come check out our new line!


Lazy Summer Afternoon


I'm sitting outside, in my parents backyard in Los Angeles. As the temperature nears 80 degrees, I relax in the shade and listen to flamenco music. I contemplate getting up from my chair to get something cold from the fridge but I'm far too comfortable. I realize that if someone were to ask me that cliche question, about what my "happy place" was, it would be this; right here, right now. 


I look past my parents lawn at the massive magnolia tree that grows on their hill and frames the blue sky with its large, green leaves- if they could only talk. How many times had they watched a younger me play underneath them? Fall asleep in their shade? I wonder if they would have cried out when I nailed wooden planks into the trunk as I built a tree fort, or if they would have smiled all those years ago when I stole a kiss from that girl who laughed afterward. I was certainly happy those leaves couldn't call out to my mother when I pretended I was studying under them but secretly had a book hidden inside my homework folder; although the more I think about it the more I suspect she knew all along. 


It's impossible not to smile as I reminisce and relax. Maybe I will grab something from the fridge, or maybe I'll just fall asleep for a while...


"Share the Love" For a Chance to Win!

Friends, it’s time you meet the new frames in the family!

Take a second to vote on your favorite new frame below. Share the campaign on Facebook for a chance to win a free pair of SOLO sunglasses!

This summer SOLO has more sunglass options than ever! Our newest collection is available for pre-order and we can assure you that they are hotter than sandy beaches in July.

Check out our sassiest frame, the Shady Lady. Throw these on and teleport to a seaside hammock under a few palm trees. No matter the time of year, every day is a dream vacation when wearing Shady Lady’s.


Next up, scope The Hoff. Whether you’re saving lives like Mitch or fighting crime like the Knight Rider, there’s no problem too hard to handle when rocking The Hoff.


Meet Green Flash! According to our friends at Wikipedia - D.K.J. O'Connell produced the first color photographs of a green flash at sunset in 1960. Watch out Mr. O'Connell, SOLO is about to set the world record for photos of the Green Flash at sunset.


Last but not least, Han SOLO. You better act fast! Vader and the ’troopers just got word... They're leaving the Dark Side just to get their hands on some Han SOLO’s.


We’re super excited about the new frames in the SOLO fam! Let us know what you think by commenting below… we’d love to hear from you! Remember, the best part about our shades is not the quality and style, it’s the fact that each pair purchased funds eye care for people in need. Join our #MissiontoGive.

National Bike Month Coming to a Close!


Have you noticed more people riding their bikes lately?


That’s because May is National Bike Month. With June just around the corner, there are only a few days left to get in on it.


Here are a few ideas to get you stoked.


  1. Grab a few friends, pack some food and drinks in a backpack and go for an adventure on your bike.
  2. Ride your bike to work or school like this fellow from London.
  3. Ride down a mountain.
  4. Embrace your inner hipster and learn how to do a “track stand” on a fixie.
  5. Finally, if you’re going to go for number three just don’t be this guy.


Have fun knowing you’re emitting zero emissions and staying healthy!


SOLO wants you to get outside and ride your bike!

SOLO's Mission to Give in Mexico

On March 29th, Dana Holliday and Jenny Amaraneni, co-founders of SOLO Eyewear boarded a plane to San Antonio, Texas. They were headed on SOLO's first giving trip of 2014. Four hours later, they landed in Texas, hopped in a car and drove to the Mexico border with plans to assist at a volunteer eye care clinic in Vamos Tamaulipas. Jenny and Dana brought with them 300 pairs of eyeglasses to contribute to the clinic and help distribute to people in need. 

The next few days were amazing. Jenny and Dana teamed up with a group of volunteers to set up the clinic and host it. The morning the clinic doors opened, a line of people stood outside waiting to be seen. They all needed to have their eyes checked and many were in need of eyeglasses. Because the environmental conditions were so harsh, the team distributed sunglasses to everyone who visited the clinic. Sunglasses not only provide protection from harmful UV rays but also can prevent dust and debris in the air from affecting your eyes. Everyone who came to the clinic loved trying on different pairs of sunglasses and picking a pair that they loved. 

Jenny and Dana helped with vision screenings and distributing eyeglasses. Many of the people who received glasses were speechless. They would put on a pair of glasses, realize their ability to see clearly and would immediately open their arms for a hug. Their gratitude was immeasurable. Dozens of people of all ages received eye care that week and went home with the ability to see clearly and live more productive lives. Here are a few pictures of our favorite moments at the clinic. 

The SOLO team was incredibly grateful for this wonderful giving experience. Because of fans like you, we are able to make an impact in the world. To view more pictures from our trip, please visit our Facebook page to see our Giving Trip Album. Thank you for supporting SOLO Eyewear and our Mission to Give. 

What are polarized sunglasses?

Polarized sunglasses are a specialized eyewear lens designed to reduce glare, increase contrast sensitivity, and protect against UV rays. By lessening the reflective glare from surfaces including water, sand, snow, roads and more, colors become more vivid. Polarized sunglasses are recommended for people who are on the water, in the sun or on the snow for long periods of time, but are also recommended by doctors for all audiences due to their ability to protect against harsh UV rays. Check out our polarized collection in the web shop!