Last year, Wires launched a monochrome collection of distinctive John Lennon-style sunglasses, both whole and half frame. Designed in London by co-founder Yair Neuman, the frames are made from a single piece of enamel-coated copper or brass by artisans in Harare, using techniques dating from the 16th century. The lens rims are 3D-printed from a nylon biopolymer, which is not only made of renewable raw materials such as cornstarch or sugar cane with zero waste, but is also biodegradable.
For every pair of sunglasses purchased, Wires will give another to Zimbabwe’s albino community, in collaboration with the Zimbabwe Albino Association. “People with albinism often suffer from acute light sensitivity and this can be alleviated by a good pair of sunglasses,” says Wires’ Zimbabwean co-founder Jimmy Saruchera.