141 Eyewear Debuts Ultem Collection

PORTLAND, Ore.—141 Eyewear, the philanthropic eyewear company that donates a pair of frames to a child in need for every pair they sell, has launched a six style Ultem collection of frames.

“We set out to establish ourselves not just as a giving company, but a product innovator that can combine great looks and cutting-edge materials,” said Shu-Chu Yamaguchi, co-founder of 141 Eyewear. “Making durable, fashionable and accessible frames ultimately accelerates our ability to give.

“Our collection featured lightweight acetate frames, and Ultem creates even more durability and comfort options for the consumer who likes the acetate look. Our retailers and their customers love having the new option.”

Ultem is featured in the Taylor and Naito for women; the Alder for men; and the unisex Irving, Williams and Gadsby styles. The material is part of the family of amorphous thermoplastic polyetherimide (PEI) resins manufactured by SABIC, an international manufacturer.

Its strength, light weight, flexibility and temperature/chemical resistance made it a favorite of engineers who design medical and chemical instrumentation. These same properties attracted 141 Eyewear since frames made with Ultem provide more comfort and can withstand extreme temperatures (-30 to 217 degrees), which means fewer adjustments and a longer-lasting fit, the company said.

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