For me, I like to carry two pairs, if I have the room for it. Two pairs that serve differing features. And now that I’ve found that I adore wood frames, one of my two pair will certainly be wood. The other pair requires a stronger build and material, with a strong hard case for storage and safe keeping. Truth be told, wooden frames may not be as strong as thick plastic or heavy duty metal, but they look dynamite.
The Fusion Tuxedo with ebony and walnut by ShadeTree is a larger model with a better fit for me (but then again, it seems I have a rather thicker head than most). The dark, ebony wood provides a lovely reddish sheen against the wood grain. Upon the ear pieces is a smooth white surface that really completes the style, and similarly to the Classic Zebras, the Fusion Tuxedo have the ShadeTree logo carved finely into the left side of the ear. The mechanics that allow the ear pieces to stretch for larger fits is stronger and heavier duty than the former pair. Lastly, ShadeTree’s packaging is also unique, as each pair arrives in a cylinder made of bamboo, carved with their logo; with each pair swathed in a cleaning clothe bag. They provide the customer with humorous instructions, full of character, along with their fine products; complete with their own unique presentation.
I found both as being gorgeous options for both men and women. They are fashionable, and striking, and it’s obvious they are built with quality and love. I have no true criticism to offer, except that as wooden frames, they can be a bit more fragile than other makes.
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Article written & Photos by Brandon Scott / Eye & Pen