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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!

 

"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!

Well Hello There, 2013!

Because of you, we were able to end 2012 with a bang and start 2013 with an even bigger one. We're stoked to fill you in with a few instances of awesomeness that have occurred over the past few months… 

FUN FEATURES!

We had the privilege of being featured in several magazines, blogs and TV shows over the past few months, including: 
Rue La La, The
Hostel Life, Fashion 5.0., San Diego Magazine, Foam Magazine, San Diego KUSI, Standard Magazine and the TODAY Show!!! We feel so blessed to have the support of local and national publications, bloggers and TV Shows. Thank you!! We have to give our  friends at Roozt.com a special shout out for lining up the TODAY Show feature for us! It was such an honor to be recognized by such a prominent, national TV Show that reaches upwards of four million viewers on a daily basis. We can’t even begin to tell you guys how pumped we are to be spreading the word about our mission to further our vision to give! 

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy


ACTS OF KINDNESS SCAVENGER HUNT

We had the opportunity to host our first annual Acts of Kindness Scavenger Hunt on November 10, 2012. We pumped gas and cleaned windshields for strangers, carried groceries, picked up trash on the beach, gave free hugs and high-fives, bought coffee for strangers, gave people in need the shirts off our backs, greeted people with inspirational signs and words of encouragement, and so much more. Thanks to a great turnout of friends, family and supporters alike; it was an incredible success and a lot of fun too! And whenever you get a chance, make sure to check out our video about the benefits of Acts of Kindness!

Finally, thanks to the attention and appreciation our fans have shown, we have been able to make some splashes in the retail world. We are now available in the following retail locations:

Southern California

Graffiti Beach
Razzmatazz
Eyes on Fifth

La Jolla Bamboo Boutique
Specs Optometry

India Yoga
Hunt and Gather

Mission Playground
Bamboo 2u and Tikis Too

SportRx

Arizona

Yoga Shala

New York

Pasteurized Tees

Canada

Wesbrook Eye Care

Thanks again for joining us on this journey! We couldn’t do it without your support! Stay posted.

The Latest

 

Hello amazing Vision Givers! We are so thankful for your support and for helping spread the word about SOLO Eyewear. In less than one year, we have helped over 850 people across 12 countries and we owe every bit of that to YOU. Thank YOU!

We’ve loved every moment of this journey. Starting SOLO has been a great learning experience for me, Craig and Dana. We’ve had many late nights, super early mornings, crazy moments in traffic and in the process, the SOLO Team is now like Family! Actually, drop the ‘like’… we are FAMILY! Despite our planning, we never anticipated running out of inventory so quickly. But, hey! We at least learned an awesome lesson… People really love rockin’ SOLOs! ☺

We’re excited to say that we will soon be launching a new exciting Summer Collection! Don’t worry SOLOs will forever have the bamboo arms. The Collection will feature several new styles and you can expect to see them early May! Please stay tuned… you won’t want to miss the BIG REVEAL!

We’d also like to give a very special shout out to Sam Afetian, the 4th member of our wolf pack. In less than one month, Sam has turned into a SOLO warrior. She works around the clock reaching out to all of our awesome fans and helping us behind the scenes. Beast mode is her middle name. We are thrilled to have her join the SOLO Family! Welcome, Sam!


Aravind Eye Hospital


On Thursday, January 19th we hopped in the car and traveled 3 hours from Chennai to Pondicherry. After months of correspondence, we were going to meet Dr. Venkatesh, Chief Medical Officer, and his fellow staff at Aravind Eye Care System. “Founded in 1976 by Dr. G. Venkataswamy, a man known to most as Dr. V., Aravind Eye Hospital started as an eleven bed hospital manned by 4 medical officers. Dr. V. saw the potential for what Aravind is today, one of the largest facilities in the world for eye care. Over the years, this organization has evolved into a sophisticated system dedicated to compassionate service for sight. The Aravind Eye Care System now serves as a model, for India, and the rest of the world.” We were excited to meet the staff behind such an impressive organization.

We arrived at Aravind, a huge campus of buildings. The scenery was beautiful, at least we thought so. After talking with staff, we learned that a cyclone had passed through a week prior and uprooted most of their trees and destroyed their gardens and vegetation. Their employees had spent significant time cleaning up the debris left from the storm. We learned that Aravind Eye Hospital is a self-sustaining community. All water is recycled and filtered on-site, gardens located throughout the property provide fruit and vegetables for all of their meals, and all of the physicians and nurses live in apartments less than one block from the main hospital.

After walking through the entrance and down one of the main corridors, we met Mr. Poobalan, Administration Manager. He sat with us and told us about his experience with Dr. V. Mr. Poobalan had the opportunity to work with Dr. V for a few years before his death. In that short time, it was clear that Dr. V’s impression on Mr. Poobalan was not only a lasting one but completely life changing. Mr. Poobalan stated, “Dr. V was a hard working man of principle. His hands were disfigured from arthritis but that never slowed him in his work. Dr. V was a highly regarded man; he made everyone feel special. If you were to schedule a meeting with him, by the time you sat down with him Dr. V would know your entire life story. He would have researched you and found out as much about you as possible. After seeing his dedication to work, I was inspired to do the same. I left retirement and dedicated the rest of my life to helping others through my work here at Aravind.”

Priya walked into the room. A young lady with a bright smile, she informed us that she would be our tour guide. We started the tour by watching a short documentary on Aravind. About half way through, Priya turned off the documentary and informed us that Dr. Venkatesh had just called and requested that we join him in the Operating Room. Craig and I looked at each other and smiled… we weren’t expecting to have the opportunity to go into an operating room…this is going to be cool!

We walked through the long hallways and ventured upstairs where all of the operating rooms were. We changed into scrubs and flip flops and entered the OR to see our first cataract surgery. Dr. Venkatesh had joined us and was giving us a step by step play of what we were about to see. Two patients were lying on tables with blankets covering their bodies. The ophthalmologist was operating on the first patient’s cataract. Her eye was displayed on the monitor in the operating room. We were able to watch every step of the cataract surgery… 7 minutes later, the ophthalmologist was done and she had begun operating on the other patient. Right after finishing the first cataract surgery, the nurses sat the patient up and walked her out of the room. I was amazed. Dr. Venkatesh walked over and picked up the cup that was holding the cataract. He asked me to touch it. I did and was amazed at the size and consistency. The cataract was like a small, oddly-shaped rock. Apparently, this one was quite mature which is why it required 7 minutes to be removed. Typically, Aravind physicians can perform cataract surgeries in less than 5 minutes. We were amazed.

We finished touring the other operating rooms, watching cataract surgeries and learning about the process of delivering high quality care to a high volume of patients. For the next 2 hours, we toured the campus, seeing hundreds of patients coming and going. We then joined the staff for lunch in their guest house. We learned about their daily routines, their passion for providing eye care and their dedication to Aravind. Each physician at the table worked a minimum of 6 days a week. They told us about their training efforts to teach physicians around the world about the Aravind model. The physicians frequently traveled to satellite hospitals in Africa. They shared their experiences with us and we sat there like sponges….absorbing every piece of information that flowed through their mouths. After eating and having great conversation, it was time to travel to the primary care center 45 minutes away in a nearby village.

Upon arriving, we were greeted by the 2 staff members at the center. It was a tiny room tucked away in a building. Pigs and cattle were roaming around outside. Patients were slowly walking in and out of this small, 10’ by 10’ eye care center. We conversed with the staff, inquired about their services, protocol for treating patients with various needs and their training with Aravind. We walked into the eye exam room and found a computer set up with a webcam…. Telemedicine? No way! In the middle of a rural village in India, inside of a tiny eye exam room, medical staff were taking advantage of up and coming technology to deliver more efficient health care to their patients. Awesome. Aravind is truly dedicated to its mission.

Craig and I left with a whole new level of confidence in the impact SOLO will have in the lives of others… we had formed partnerships with two amazing organizations – L.V. Prasad Eye Institute and Aravind Eye Care System. Our Vision to Give had just begun.