Luke Shades was founded by Luke, a Midwestern entrepreneur with a taste in coastal style and quality craftsmanship. As a sophomore at Indiana University, Luke hadn’t yet decided what career to pursue – only that he wanted adventure. In a twist of fate (and with the right experience), he ended up patrolling the beaches of Hilton Head Island for the summer as a lifeguard with Shore Beach Service. It was the beach life and his knack for creating that led him to carve his first pair of wooden sunglasses by hand from spare plywood.
When that first summer had ended, he set his sights back on the Midwest to do what he knew he needed to do: create, test and tweak his new wooden sunglasses concept. After months of trials and updates, he set about performing the ultimate test on these frames: his fellow lifeguards wore them as their go-to sunglasses for the entire following summer. The sunglasses stood up to saltwater and island parties – exceeding Luke’s high expectations. Luke Shades are now in production and each pair is still hand crafted by Luke himself.
Luke Shades are for explorers, creatives and the young at heart. Bring On The Light!