Please upgrade your browser for the best Refinery29 experience. Read more.

Saved! Access Favorites in your account profile. Removed from my favorites

Summer Must: Locally Made, Eco-Friendly (Floating!) Sunnies

  1. Begin
    panda3main

    27

    SHARES

    comments
    See All Slides

    On a hot day, there's no feeling quite like racing toward the water's edge and diving in headfirst — it's exhilarating, refreshing, and liberating. It's also devastating when you realize, post-dive, that you forgot to leave your favorite sunnies back on your beach towel. Yet another pair of perfect shades, lost to the underwater powers that be....

    Well, next time, let local brand Panda come to your rescue with its eco-friendly line of sunglasses. Started by a group of college friends and initially funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign (they met their fundraising goal in three days!), Panda officially launched earlier this year and is now tucked away in Georgetown's Paper Mill building. Available in five styles, the shades are handcrafted from sustainable bamboo and recycled polycarbonates, which means they're lightweight, durable, and — the best part — they float. There's a feel-good factor, too: For every pair purchased, Panda donates a pair of prescription glasses and an eye exam to a person in need. We're digging the Monroe, with its classic wayfarer styling, and we can imagine D.C. guys looking pretty fly in the Robinson. Click through to see some lookbook snaps and our favorite shades, and hit the online shop before your next beach day.
    Begin Slideshow

MORE SLIDESHOWS

Show Reviews

Now, THIS Is Why We Go To Paris Fashion Week

The Lanvin show was last on yesterday's Paris Fashion Week lineup, and it took a strong second wind for us to strut our jet-lagged selves up to the venue (in the dark, in heels, on cobblestone). We could see the crowd forming from down the block, and it was mostly lookers on attempting to glimpse the front row read

Shopping

The Best Bras For Big Boobs

Here's a shopping truth: Finding bras that are both supportive and stylish is trickier when your breasts are a DD cup or higher. Seeing that as a challenge rather than a sad fact of life, we went straight to the bra-fit experts at Panache, ThirdLove, Wacoal, and Eveden to find the most comfortable, flattering, and read