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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! 

Social Media Contest


Feeling Patriotic?! If so, this is your chance to win a pair of SOLO sunglasses! In honor of the World Cup and the Fourth of July, we are running a SOLO Patriot Contest on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Get involved for the chance to win a pair of red, white, or blue SOLOs. 

As a company that is dedicated to helping others globally, we know that patriotism is universal. For the SOLO Patriot Campaign, we want to see how you express your patriotism, regardless of what country you represent. Join the campaign next week on social media! Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram


The first way to win is easy- go to @SOLOeyewar on instagram, follow us, and regram the contest photo.

The second way to win takes a little more creativity. You will need to upload the most patriotic photo you have ever taken to Facebook and include #SOLOeyewear. 

Entries will be accepted until midnight on July 5th. Stay Tuned!




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!


Memories From Hosting a Foreign Exchange Student

When I was in high school, I had an awesome opportunity to make some money for college by housing foreign exchange students. My parents had a back-house and over my senior year, we had 3 different exchange students live there. Among other things I have great memories of taking them to english class, showing them around Los Angeles teaching them to surf. What started out as a way to make extra money turned into a unique and personal experience- one in which I grew as a person, learned about different cultures, and made friends who I am still in touch with today. 


This is a photo of Alan, one of my exchange students from Mexico City. He had a great time staying with us, and most important of all, became a Kings fan… 



One time my friends and I took Alan camping in San Clemente. There were seven of us: My two friends Sean and Connor, Sean's girlfriend from Texas, and two of her friends. We spend a few days hanging out, surfing, and barbecuing food on the beach- not something out of the ordinary for any kid from Southern California, but certainly different for an exchange student from Mexico City. 

No matter where you live, there are tons of websites that can connect you with a foreign exchange student. There are a million reasons to host, and hardly any not to. I would recommend it one hundred percent.  

World Environment Day

Hello everyone! 

In celebration of "World Environment Day" the SOLO team has decided to share a little bit about ourselves with you. What follows is a collection of photos and excerpts about some memorable times we have spend outside.





"Whenever I venture out into Northern California's beautiful mountains, I become completely  mesmerized. With each step I take into the never ending trails, I feel a newfound sense of mental rest. When I'm on a secluded trail run, happiness takes over my mind. Everyday I am thankful for the beautiful oasis, the adventures it will always provide, and the ability to develop an everlasting wanderlust for nature. As quoted many times before, 'not all those who wander are lost'- J. R. R. Tolkien."

-Alexis Rinker


 "My favorite outdoor memory is fishing in the bayou. I would drop about 6 fishing lines at a time around the edge of our yard and I'd spend all day watching them and waiting to catch fish. I loved to fish as a kid. I'd even dig for my own worms. Not so sure I could do that now!"  

- Jenny Amaraneni 


"This was taken after I hiked to the top of a volcano in Nicaragua. Afterwards, I "volcano boarded" down. It was such an exhilarating experience! This is one of my favorite memories- and not many people can say they have done anything like it before." - Emily Clarie



"One of my favorite outdoor memories is taking walks on the San Diego harbor drive. My dad used to take me and my sister to check out all the boats when were kids. I used to love walking on board all the historic ships. I loved seeing the crowds of tourists and hearing the planes land and take off at the airport. It reminds me of how lucky am I to has grown up in such a wonderful city"

-Sanhita Sanugula




A few buddies and I had spent close to two hours checking every surf spot from the Sunset Cliffs to Blacks Beach. 

We were getting frustrated because there was enough swell in the water to taunt us, but nothing looked quite good enough for us to make a decision about where to surf. 

Eventually we ended up back where we started. It was such a nice day, we decided that it would be a crime not to paddle out. 

It turned out that we went out at the perfect time, because a lot of other people had gotten out, and it was just my friends and I. The tide changed and the waves got really fun! We scored it all to ourselves for a few hours.

-Dave Nicklas


SOLO is committed to protecting the environment to our full extent. In order to make sure stories like these continue for generations to come, we know it is everyones responsibility to do their part. Using sustainable materials is a way we run a environmentally sound business; our glasses are crafted with recycled, hand-made bamboo temples. You do your part so support our earth everyday when you wear our glasses! Leave a comment and share a story of yours!






"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!

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