BÆNDIT EyewearMODULAR and BENDABLE sunglasses
All ideas start with a disappointment. For us it was “foldable sunglasses”, while the concept of reducing in size an item that needs to be carried around all day is fantastic, there was a flaw. They fold leaving the lens on the outside, unprotected, effectively rendering the whole process futile. They cannot be carried in pockets or bags without having to bring an extra case to avoid annoying scratches. For normal sunglasses is even worse, lens are unprotected, they are space consuming and get in the way when not needed.
This got us thinking, what if the whole structure could transform at will to protect the delicate parts and adapt to various situations and needs? How could we make them useful also when they are not on your face? Fully flexible and bendable eyewear structure was born, BÆND IT.
We then went a step further: could it be possible to make them modular too?
A revolutionary composite structure was conceptualized so that our eyewear can be separated and recombined in 5 pieces. 3 parts to allow the flexibility and 2 to carry the best lens in the market. After a year of engineering and testing BÆNDIT was finally born.
The modularity allows users to change colors and shapes to best fit your mood and style without having to buy multiple expensive sunglasses and the bendability keeps them right where you need them to be. Bændit, Revolution by Design.
BÆNDIT is MODULAR
All BÆNDIT pieces are interchangeable and work with ALL BÆNDIT models. You can swap the color, mix and match to create your perfect pair of sunglasses. With its Patented structure you can deconstruct them to fit even in the smallest of pockets. A special 4 and 8 pin hand welded alloy attachment, coated with a silicon layer, assures ultra tight and strong fit of the temples and bridge pieces inside the frames.
BÆNDIT is BENDABLE
BÆNDIT adapts to your lifestyle. Wear them loose and comfortable until you need to kick it up a notch for that kite surfing or beach volley session, then just press BÆNDIT tight to your face and you are ready for action. Fold them to protect the lens and hang them for easy storage. BÆNDIT sunglasses will stay where you need them to be. This is only possible thanks to our hybrid metal/silicon polymer core molded together to keep any shape desired. Multipurpose and multifunctional, useful beyond sun protection!
Named after the most famous Bandits, we are proud to introduce the NED KELLY, SALVATORE GIULIANO, BELLE STARR, RED BARON, AL CAPONE, and SUNDANCE KID editions.
THE NED KELLY EDITION
Edward “Ned” Kelly was seen as the Australian equivalent of Robin Hood. Born in 1854 he became a Bushranger at the age of 14 after the police killed his father. He was eventually captured and hanged after a violent confrontation with police where he wore a homemade bendable metal plate armour and helmet. BÆNDIT, in this shape, reflects the roughness of Australia’s early pioneering bush-life and Kelly's innovative inventiveness.
FRAMES: Rectangle shape frames made of new generation TR-90 polymer: lightweight, flexible and impact resistance. TR90, a memory polymer material allows this frame to be incredibly light but also strong, with a resistance to deformation index of 620kg/cm2 and the ability to regain its shape.
THE SALVATORE GIULIANO EDITION
Salvatore Giuliano was the original Italian, the “people's bandit”. Giuliano was the first bandit to be followed by mass media, mainly for his daring good looks and theatrical flair. This notoriety caused great embarrassment to the Italian police that had 2000 men deployed against him. BÆNDIT in this edition commemorates Giuliano's style and charm, even in the hardest of circumstances
FRAMES: Round shape frames made of new generation TR-90 polymer: lightweight, flexible and impact resistance. TR90, a memory polymer material allows this frame to be incredibly light but also strong, with a resistance to deformation index of 620kg/cm2 and the ability to regain its shape.
THE RED BARON EDITION
Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen, also widely known as the Red Baron, was a German fighter pilot with the Imperial German Army Air Service during the First World War. He is considered the ace-of-aces of the war, being officially credited with 80 air combat victories. BAENDIT in this Aviator's design remembers the Baron's mastery, skill and passion for flying in its pioneering age.
FRAMES: Aviator shape brushed gold frames made of new generation in-mould electric welded stainless steel structure with nickel free plating. Hand brushed finishing and laser engraved.
THE AL CAPONE EDITION
Alphonse Gabriel "Al" Capone was an American gangster who attained fame during the Prohibition era as the co-founder and boss of the Chicago Outfit. Capone's mutually profitable relationships with the city's police and the mayor's office meant that he was safe from law enforcement and politically protected. BAENDIT in this edition reflects Capone's entrepreneurial acumen and business vision.
FRAMES: Rectangular shape brushed silver frames made of new generation in-mould electric welded stainless steel structure with nickel free plating. Hand brushed finishing and laser engraved.
THE SUNDANCE KID EDITION
Harry Alonzo Longabaugh, better known as the Sundance Kid, was an outlaw and member of Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch in the American Old West. Together with the other members of "The Wild Bunch" gang, the Sundance Kid performed the longest string of successful train and bank robberies in American history. BAENDIT in this shape celebrates the Kid's nomadic spirit and carefree approach.
FRAMES: Round shape black metal frames made of new generation in-mould electric welded stainless steel structure with nickel free plating. Hand brushed finishing and laser engraved.
• Custom S20 Revo lenses made specifically for BÆNDIT to work in the toughest of environments and filter out 100% of UVA / UVB / UVC. Made from Thermoplastic Polycarbonate composite for extra strength and durability.
• Custom newly developed BÆNDIT Polarized lenses made specifically for BÆNDIT with exact control of polarized axes, always eliminating the correct amount of glare to best enhance vision and filter out 100% of UVA / UVB / UVC (available ONLY on NED KELLY and SALVATORE GIULIANO PREMIUM EDITION).
CORE: BÆNDIT alloy core is processed and engineered to reach exceptional reversible plasticity properties. Its ductility and malleability performances allow the core of the temples and bridge to deform, hold position and move back to original when pressure is applied.
HINGES: Each temple and nose bridge piece is hand cut and 4 (temples) to 8 (nose) safety pins are hand welded to the main structure to work as a locking mechanism to the eye frame piece.
CASING: High resistance Silicone-Rubber Elastomer cured and injection molded with the alloy core to be permanently bonded. The Silicone casing provides the elastic capacity to follow the core in the deformation process and has a leading role in the last 5% of returning to its original shape.
$59 Belle Starr Edition Unshakable Sunglasses by BÆNDIT
$59 Belle Starr Edition Unshakable Sunglasses by BÆNDIT
$119 Sundance Kid Unshakable Edition Sunglasses by BÆNDIT