Friday, June 20, 2014
Drift Eyewear Grows
"Chris Mantz just wanted some cool glasses. So, in true 'maker' fashion, he started cutting up a skateboard," says the Chicago Tribune. "Four years and several entrepreneurial twists and turns later, West Loop-based Drift Eyewear appears to be growing steadily, aiming at the high-end, hipster set with a line of wood and acetate frames. Drift co-owner Jon Harting wouldn’t provide financial figures for the private company, other than to say that its frames retail for between $450 and $600. But he said Drift has almost doubled production and sales each year since the company was founded in 2010.He also said its glasses are available in more than 100 retailers in 24 states and that it has seen sales in five other countries, including Canada and Japan." Read more.