What are the current trends in sunglasses for board sports?
Lifestyle frames with pop colours incorporated into the design, especially the lenses are typically preferred by boarders. However, performance features are equally important, so we’ve strategically implemented these into our frame and lens technologies.
How are you segmenting your sunglasses?
We diversify our collection between 8-base sport styles and 6-base lifestyle frames. Within those collections, we offer floating options.
Where do you expect your biggest growth in 2023?
Based on Hobie’s Southern California heritage, we wanted to make sure that we added styles that stayed true to the brand’s roots in surf and skate. Some of these new styles include Cove, Flats, Vista and Pendleton, which have already received a very positive response from retailers.
What frame shapes and colours are most popular from your offering and why?
Medium/Large rectangular 6-base frames, such as our Coastal Float and Woody Sport styles with coloured mirrors. Smaller round frames like our Wrights style have been successful in crystal colours like crystal olive and crystal clear. Traditional Aviators, such as our Broad and Loma styles, remain strong sellers.
What lens technologies are you currently working with?
The lightweight Injected Polycarbonate HydroClean™ Polarized lenses are for active sports as well as everyday wear. Each lens is comprised of 100% polarized injected polycarbonate: the lightest lens material offered that is virtually shatterproof with hard coatings for scratch resistance.
What are the main materials used in your 2023 sunglasses offering?
-TR-90, TPX Floating Material and Monel Metal Frames.
Do you offer prescription glasses?
Yes, through our lens partner, Lensabl.
Anything new in terms of sustainability?
Working to reduce unnecessary plastics from our packaging and exploring the use of recycled materials.
How are you helping retailers sell this category?
We recently attended boot Düsseldorf to help our retailers promote the new 2023 collection.
What’s your situation regarding stock and deliveries?
We currently have stock available.
Coastal Float– Satin Black Floating Frame / Grey Lens w/ Cobalt Blue Mirror. Maintain your cool with Coastal Float, Hobie ® Eyewear’s signature lightweight frame designed to float back to the surface when dropped in the water. Hobie’s Floating Collection offers all the benefits of premium quality, polarized sunglasses without the stress of a high price tag. Have peace of mind knowing Coastal Float will rise back up to meet you on your next adventure.
Wrights– Shiny Crystal Olive Frame / Copper Lens. Hobie pays homage to a retro silhouette with Wrights. The classic round frames are lightweight enough for comfort, yet sturdy enough to endure heavy wear. The temples provide stability and grip while the keyhole bridge lends to the frames’ vintage vibe.
Woody Sport– Satin Crystal Frame / Copper Lens w/ Sea Green Mirror. Woody Sport is a California classic, but sportier. Co-moulded rubber temples & nose pads and a lightweight TR-90 frame for all day comfort and protection.