Handcrafted in the U.S.A.

In an era of rapid product development, DRIFT has discovered that the best methods are not always the easiest. A pairing of new-school technology and old-school craftsmanship provide the foundation of their 2000 square foot Chicago, IL studio, where every DRIFT frame is made by hand, by real people, and with a supreme attention to detail. DRIFT frames are made by a small team of engineers and artisans where they have been able to meld new technology with traditional methods of optical manufacturing, pioneered by companies like Bausch & Lomb and American Optical. At DRIFT, they believe that every detail and decision matters, from the sourcing of innovative, responsible materials - like their 100% biodegradable and recyclable acetate - to the development of a manufacturing process built from the ground up. It is this intimacy with their designs that gives them depth and character.

The styles we have in stock include the Delta Blues (handcrafted temples made from driftwood pulled directly from the Mississippi river), 12 Meter (handcrafted temples made from salvaged teak from the deck of racing yachts), as well as one pair that has handcrafted temples that were salvaged from a barn door! All styles have 100% biodegradable acetate fronts.