Drift Eyewear

frames With our first design, we sought to change the way optical frames look and feel; not just by the product itself, but through the honest, thoughtful approach to creating it.

Our unprecedented use of a familiar material - laminated maple temples cut from a retired skateboard - rooted our business in the idea that glasses can be more than just functional accessories.

Today, DRIFT pays homage to a broad field of influence, from the architecturally inspired steel core of our wood temple, to the resonant beauty of the Delta Blues. Each design is embodied with a character and beauty of its own.

Every design has a voice - a specific list of demands. From the sourcing of sustainable hardwoods, the engineering of a new process, or a partnership with a meaningful nonprofit, we make every effort to make that design impactful - to let that voice be heard.

In an era of rapid product development, we've discovered that the best methods are not always the easiest. A pairing of new-school technology and old-school craftsmanship provide the foundation of our 2000 square foot Chicago studio, where every DRIFT frame is made by hand, by real people, and with a supreme attention to detail.