As brothers born on opposite sides of the country, Beck and Oliver ventured to build a brand that shares their unique coastal styles. With Beck having grown up in Southern California and Oliver in New England, they have worked to refine traditional California surfwear, while adding a blend of east coast design.
Their goal wasn’t just to create another clothing brand. Rather, they set out to leave a lasting impact, to be something that is more than just a label.
Balboa was founded by a generation born into a world that needs fixing. Beck and Oliver’s parents instilled in them an attitude to not take life’s simplest necessities for granted. As they grew up, they learned the value in helping others. Whether it was seeking out homeless in downtown LA or working on organic farms, the two developed an affinity for aiding those in the community that couldn’t afford proper food.
Bringing together their love for clothing and their passion for ending hunger, Balboa was born.
Balboa’s plan is simple. For every product sold, a set number of meals is donated nationwide to America’s hungry population.
We have spent months at the drawing boards, developing what we believe are some of the finest shades on the market. Our wood sunglasses are crafted with bamboo, a renewable resource that grows faster than we can keep up with. It grows three feet on average every day.
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These bamboo shades are fitted with quality components including “Optics by Carl Zeiss Vision” CR-39 lenses considered the clearest lenses on the market (VIP models only or if we reach our stretch goal) or polarized CR-39 lenses. They also come equipped with a DWR (Durable water repellent) finish to ensure that they withstand every element you encounter. But we saved the best for last, each pair of bamboo sunglasses purchased directly donates 45 meals to hungry Americans!
Through working with industry experts we are also proud to launch 100% biodegradable acetate frames. Sourced from an Italian acetate manufacturer that has been in business for over a century, we are able to share with you acetate developed through an innovative new process that fuses cotton and wood fibers. This allows for superior flexibility while maintaing the frames original form through a range of temperatures.
Our brand has always been about giving back to those in need, that is why every pair of sunglasses we sell displays a unique frame stamp (located on the base of the left arm) indicating that you have directly donated 45 meals to hungry Americans.
*To comply with kickstarter’s rules and regulations all proceeds from our our campaign cannot be directly donated. They will however be used to support the foundation of our company which will directly donate meals for every product sold.
Our eyewear is handcrafted start to finish, from the selection of high quality raw materials to putting the final markings on the inside of the frame. We believe in our product and we want you to be sure that you are receiving the highest quality goods available, that is why we hand test each pair to ensure that it passes our rigorous quality standards. Put simply, if we wouldn’t wear them, we won’t sell them.
We set out to outfit the traveler and adventurer in all of us. That is why we have put so much emphasis on producing environmentally sustainable eyewear.
We couldn’t just stop at eyewear. Thats why we searched long and hard for a perfect supplier of 100% ring-spun t-shirts. Amazingly we found the perfect fit, right here in the USA. This local supplier to California apparel companies has been in business for over ten years now and we were immediately impressed by the quality of the shirts we received.
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Our eco-friendly bamboo eyewear comes in five different models for you to choose from:
Our 100% recycled acetate frames are being shipped in two models:
To see more photos from every angle check out our website at www.balboashop.com
Check out our spring line of Basic T’s for you to choose from:
With the Stingray Package or any other package containing Designer T’s you can select from our Limited Edition Kickstarter T’s below:
Or for our Designer T Packages, your options are endless as you can choose from any T we produce!
To see where you should pledge check out our reward table listed below:
With the mission to be more than just another label, Balboa reflects this in each and every product.
The balboa team did not want to be a company that donates a percentage of revenues to a distant charity; instead we wanted to create a system where the customer knows exactly how they have provided help. We set up our own non-profit foundation, Meals for America, which donates money to Feeding America as well as to a collection of other grassroots solutions. Every product is then stamped with a number, identifying how many meals that customer provided to hungry Americans through these donation channels.
By being transparent we hope to change the marketplace culture and enlighten people on their power as a consumer.
To Join The Campaign: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1068160997/balboatm-a-brand-that-feeds