One of the best aspects about having a website focusing on affordable luxury ideas for the solo traveler is all of the interesting things that come my way. When branding this company I set out to focus on sharing quality travel ideas, products and services geared to the traveler who likes to do things her or his way with class and style.
Launched in January 2016, Astrid Solo Travel Advisor has been hard at work in its first year setting the proper foundation for this exciting new travel genre, affordable luxury solo travel, with restaurant and food recommendations, accommodation reviews, travel tips, cultural do's and don'ts suggestions and plenty of shopping ideas for the international solo traveler.
One growth point I didn't foresee was having to build out the e-commerce portion of the company until year three but as fate would have it cool products, people and unique future solo traveler geared trip ideas have been offered to the company in which to partner and participate.
Now I know you are wondering what this LONG intro to a sunglasses post has to do with the blog's subject. Here's the reason. Astrid Solo Travel Advisor is excited about partnering with Maho Sunglasses, our first product recommendation that you can now order directly from our website.
How I came to discover Maho Sunglasses is an interesting story in itself. My sister Heidi Core, an interior designer in Birmingham, Alabama, has an associate who works with her, Alexandra Anderson, who has developed a sunglasses company. Heidi shared Alex designs extremely high quality sunglasses that sell for an affordable price. Being someone who is interested in creative entrepreneurs of affordable, luxury products, I was opened to listening to Maho's concept.
After my initial and engaging conversation with Alex, I immediately went to Maho's website to learn more about the company and it's offerings. The accidental origin of the company's birth was caused by the unfortunate event when Alex and her husband both lost their EXPENSIVE designer sunglasses on the same day while paddle boarding in Maho Bay, St John, U.S. Virgin Islands, upsetting for a newly wed, young couple to say the least! They decided after this costly event that there was a need for high quality shades where people would less likely be stressed if they lost them.
Because there is basically only one mega company that controls most of the high end sunglasses market, Alex and her husband knew if they could develop a brand that was comparable in design and quality which were considerably less costly to the coveted designer sunglasses, their concept had a good chance of being successful and that's exactly what they have done.
Handmade craftsmanship is the brand's basis with a wide array of classic frame styles and lens colors to choose from. Yes, all of the models are handmade and most of the frames are composed of a natural, cotton base substance that is attractive and functional. Because Maho sunglasses are not made of molded, breakable plastic, they are pliable and with wear, naturally adapt to the shape of the wearer's head for a highly comfortable fit.
One of the most outstanding features of this brand's glasses is their patented Oceanview polarized nylon lenses that are ultra-lightweight, have an anti-fog treatment for clarity during unexpected temperature changes, an anti- reflective treatment that ensures clarity no matter how glaring the sun is, a diamond hard coat to prevent scratching and provide 100 percent UV protection. Yes, these are considered the world's lightest and strongest polarized polyamide nylon lenses made which are completely shatterproof. How's that for eye sun protection!
Besides the superior quality lenses, Maho sunglasses come in eight different models that are classic yet stylish. Named after some of the best beaches or sunny destinations in the world each model captures the look of the place for which it was designed. Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Charleston, Reykjavik, Stockholm and Madrid are some of the best sellers. These models are priced at $95 with shipping included.
Two of the slightly more expensive choices are the "James Bond" look, Cruz Bay model and the Key West, Arctic Gold Mirror style. The Cruz Bay sunglasses have a classic aviator look that features ultralight aerospace grade titanium used for design accent and solid construction. An "architectural statement piece" is how Maho describes the Key West model. Both of these styles sell for $125.
Additional attractive brand features include a one year warranty for all material defects or workmanship failings. Maho will repair or replace defective glasses free of charge. Also, a lifetime warranty is offered to all original owners for a $30 replacement fee and a full refund within 30 days is offered if you are not completely satisfied with your purchase. In order to qualify for a total refund the glasses must be unused and resalable.
Maho sunglasses can be purchased from select fine boutiques, resort shops and outdoor outfitters throughout the Caribbean and in manyl upscale retail outlets in US southern states such as Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee. Online they are offered by Pretty World, Maho and now Astrid Solo Travel Advisor in our website's Marketplace section.
Before recommending this product to my readers, I selected several models to try out. I brought the Uluwatu Charcoal with Blue Mirror lenses style with me on my recent trip to Venice, Italy. I've worn the Reykjavik Caramel Havana version during the dead of summer in Baton Rouge, my hometown, and will be taking both selections on my five day Miami Beach, New Years getaway to wear around the Fountainebleau Hotel's swanky pools. Love both models. Each are ultra-lightweight, extremely soothing to the eyes and look classically stylish.
If you are reading this blog before Christmas 2016, you can purchase some of the original models for $60 by claiming the Holiday 2016 pre-order discount. Looking for a stocking stuffer or a wonderful gift for a friend or relative, give them a pair of Mahos!
The right kind of sunglasses for the solo traveler is an important trip accessory. You need a trusty pair that will protect your eyes and blend in nicely with your travel wardrobe. Throughout my many years of solo travel I have had many different brands, types and styles of sunglasses both expensive and not-so-costly. What I have found is you have to invest in good sun protection for you visual safety and comfort. Spending too much on a pair of shades you might misplace can be a bummer. My suggestion is the next time you are looking for a quality pair of sunglasses invest in a pair or two of Mahos. You won't be disappointed!
As always, I value all feedback from my readers. I would love to hear from you on your thoughts about Maho Sunglasses and if you are as satisfied with this quality product as I have been.
Enjoy this short video showcasing handcrafted, wooden Yayokie Maho Revo Brown sunglasses.