State Optical Releases 2020 Summer Sunwear Collection

As summer naturally brings us outside, the latest STATE Optical Co. release of four sunglasses explores earth tones, texture, and balance. As complementary colors co-exist in nature, either in harmony or contrast, these new styles create a rich landscape, playing with the interaction of tones between the lenses, fronts, temples, and even temple tips. Crystal acetates, contrast temples, and gradient lenses create texture, adding dimension to each look.

State Optical 21 dot pyramid

All STATE sunglasses are handcrafted in Chicago by 65 dedicated and talented craftsmen and women. An average of 75 steps is involved in the production of every frame which takes around two weeks to complete. Each frame is named for a Chicago street and each temple tip is hand-drilled with a pyramid of 21 dots, representing Illinois, the 21st state. This season, select styles feature a contrast color in that pyramid, emphasizing the incredibly detailed craftsmanship that goes into creating the architectural temple tip. (Two craftsmen are employed to work full-time on this process alone.)


Suns for 2020 are all about gradient lenses and a variety of lens colors. All lenses are made from high-quality nylon, combining clarity and impact resistance, making them an ideal choice for sunwear. This collection offers a range of shapes to appeal to a wide customer base. There’s everything from a classic square in the Ridge to the mod and editorial Wabansia. The Diversey introduces a high-bar aviator shape to the line and the Peterson further explores the double-bar glasses trend, using that top bar to reveal colorful layers of acetate.


Along with these new styles, STATE is also unveiling its new case and packaging. The design carries the STATE story of American craft through with a cleaning cloth featuring the Chicago skyline.


STATE Optical Co. frames are meticulously handcrafted in Chicago, U.S.A. for people who consider how their frame is made with as much mindfulness as to how it looks. The brand was born from a collaboration of industry insiders Scott Shapiro and Jerry Wolowicz – who were focused on bringing radical transparency to how eyewear is designed and manufactured – and renegade, self-taught craftsmen Marc Franchi and Jason Stanley. Today STATE Optical Co. represents a first-of-its-kind brand of American made luxury eyewear.