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Who We Are

RAEN is handmade and independent– driven by the horizons we seek. Designed in California we are undeniably influenced by the salt in the air and the lives we lead. Our search for an authentic and yet modern classic style keeps us evolving and inventive. We are passionate about every step of our process and are committed to making eyewear that makes you proud to wear.

A Day in Montauk

A Day in Montauk

We caught up with Mikey DeTemple for a day filled with clean waves and crisp air, it was classic Montauk. This serene short embodies the spirit of what keeps RAEN evolving and inventive.

Our Process

Our process is seamless from start to finish, with meticulous attention to detail and quality from each cut and screw to every subtle nuance. Ever pair of RAEN frames are designed in our California design studio and made to our exact original vision. All of our acetate is a unique and custom combination for our line, and every frame is built with hand-guided cutting, and then hand polished to finish. All of our lenses are manufactured by Carl Zeiss Vision, completing the process that makes every single frame RAEN.

Our Materials

Acetate

All RAEN eyewear is produced from the highest grade cellulose acetate, a high quality plastic originating from the renewable resources of wood pulp and natural cotton fibers. Acetate retains its color brightness impeccably over time because its hue is embedded in the material rather than sprayed on, which also prevents any color peeling. It contains unique aging stabilizers that prevent fading, yellowing or other discoloration from UV light or skin contact. Acetate is also hypoallergenic, making it safe for those with sensitive skin.

Frame

Every pair of RAEN frames are handmade. Each front shape is cut from a single flat sheet of acetate, following the precise design set forward from our California design studio. Opticians always prefer to work with handmade acetate frames because they can be heated and molded to achieve the optimum fit. They also offer the wearer more flexibility and comfort.

Temples

These temples can be balanced and adjusted for the ideal fit to any face shape. Each temple is constructed with strong, long-lasting hardware to prevent bending and warping, keeping your ideal fit, ideal.

Wire Core & Hinges

Each temple has a wire core embedded in it. This piece of hardware is what holds the temple shape, and keeps your favorite pair of shades fitting your subtle nuances for a long time to come. Because the hinge is mounted to this wire core it gives the frame strength throughout its entire construction.

Lenses

All RAEN Optics are outfitted with CR-39 lenses or CR-39 Polarized lenses manufactured by Carl Zeiss Vision. These industry leading lenses provide 100% UVA / UVB protection. All RAEN lenses can be swapped out for prescription lenses to transform your optics into customized RX optics. Visit any optician to have your RAEN optics outfitted with prescription lenses.

CR-39

All RAEN Optics are outfitted with CR-39 or CR-39 Polarized lenses manufactured by Carl Zeiss Vision. CR-39 is a material highly resistant to abrasions making it a preferred choice for sunglass lenses, and the perfect complement to handmade acetate frames. It can sustain continuous use in temperatures up to 212°F and is resistant to gamma radiation, material fatigue, and aging. All RAEN sun lenses provide 100% UVA and UVB protection for optimum visual comfort and superior eye protection.

Lens Options

Polarization
Gradient
Smoke
Brown
Mirror
Polarization

Polarization

Adding the polarization coating to our CR-39 lenses helps to reduce glare off reflective surfaces: the ocean, car hoods, mirrors, your diamond ring. Polarization ensures clear vision no matter where your day takes you.

Gradient

Gradient

RAEN offers a variety of gradient lens tones. This is a simple detail that keeps your look feeling fresh in a subtle way. Our gradient lens tones function in a variety of lighting conditions making them perfect for any sort of travel conditions and ideal on a cloudy day. They provide 100% UVA and UVB protection with Filter Category ratings ranging from 2 to 3.

Smoke

Smoke

An excellent all-purpose lens that is ideal for bright sunlight because it offers neutral color perception. Smoke lens tones offer 100% UVA and UVB protection with a Filter Category rating of 2.

Brown

Brown

Offers a sense of enhanced contrast in a wide range of lighting conditions. Our brown lens tones excel in medium to bright sunlight and provide 100% UVA and UVB protection with a Filter Category rating of 3.

Mirror

Mirror

TRI-FLECTION™ mirror lenses manufactured by Carl Zeiss Vision are in a class all of their own. RAEN has sourced these scratch resistant and incredibly durable mirror coated lenses for their ability to repel the dirt of the world and remain easy to clean.

Where We Are

Our Offices

RAEN is headquartered on Pacific Coast Highway in Oceanside, California, home and birthplace of founders Justin and Jeremy Heit. Oceanside has a long history of expression, creativity and a flourishing community of surfers, skaters, and artists who inspire us on the daily. Our designs and brand identity are directly influenced by the eccentricity and uniqueness of the community and people that call this home. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that our favorite waves are just a short walk from the office.

Our Retailers

Our products are sold through retailers who share our vision of delivering merchandise with authenticity and individuality. RAEN has a global presence, available in stores ranging from local surf shops to high-end boutiques. The silhouettes of our frames mirror the diversity of the retail stores we partner with.

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Work For Us

Interested in working for RAEN? Our diverse team of creative individuals are constantly striving to create the best possible product in an environment that values collaboration, innovative thinking, and creativity. We like to surround ourselves with individuals who build with us our goal of creating unique handmade products for our customers. RAEN is a place which cultivates and combines creativity, artistic expression, and attention to detail.