Zerezes Sunglasses

«We believe that creating products that last for years and can be repaired is one of the most responsible things we can do as a company to the world»

Zerezes started in Rio in 2012, while we were still studying design. We found an American wooden glasses brand and tried to buy a frame at the time. Unfortunately, they did not ship to Brazil, and with that we decided to try to make our own. This happened when we were at our firsts internships, and we realized that we wanted to chart our own ways, rather than following a path traced by others. Along with this, Rio de Janeiro was “under construction” because of the World Cup, Olympics, and port area revitalization. A lot of old buildings turned into new, and a lot of materials (including woods full of history, with great physical properties and at a zero cost of acquisition), began to appear to us. At that moment we just joined one thing to another and saw the opportunity to turn a simple desire into a business.

We use noble woods full of stories such as Jacarandás, Pinhos de Riga, and Perobas Rosas, in the making of our glasses of reclaimed woods. All are plywood with 9 layers to guarantee greater resistance and sinuosity in the shapes, without losing lightness. We use castor resin in the gluing and finishing processes of the glasses, to seal and waterproof the pieces. We also use spring hinges for better fit and comfort on the face, and lenses – produced by Carl Zeiss Vision – with 100% UV protection. And we engrave on our reclaimed wooden sunglasses left arm, the address where that wood was found, the number of glasses made with that, and their serial number – like “Paissandu Street 01/100”.
All our production is made in Rio de Janeiro by a small local production arrangement, where the glasses are manufactured and sanded one by one!
To finish, we offer an extended assistance. We believe that creating products that last for years and can be repaired is one of the most responsible things we can do as a company to the world, and so we offer repairs at a fair price – regardless of the date of purchase or reason for the problem.
Our glasses and practices materialize a lot of values and beliefs, as honest, transparency, respect with the materials and our supply chain, fair trade, careful with customers, etc, and I think this should be premises, not trends. But considering all these points as a trend, yes, I think Zerezes reflects them.

Interview with Zerezes.

Trends: Structuralism, Unrestricted Human.

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