We make handmade biodegradable sunglasses in timeless silhouettes with no compromises in quality.

The birth of James Ay

James Ay is a tribute to the modern inventor of sunglasses - James Ayschough (1720-1759).

A true pioneer of his time, he experimented with all kinds of lenses to improve how people could see in different lighting conditions. In contrast to his peers, he dared to go down unconventional paths and was consistent in his belief that optics could improve more than the sharpness of our views, they could include colors as well.

So not only has his legacy inspired a new series of sunglasses, his inquisitive nature has done the same to the James Ay universe.

Philosophy

James Ay is a universe of eco-friendly sunglasses founded on the premise that every time you put on a pair, you are in a moment where the sun lightens your heart and frees your mind.

This simple idea is what fuels our creativity and guides us in the pursuit of a happy life.

To extend our knowledge of what constitutes such a life, we tell stories about interesting people which found their own way to a happy life.

Follow the sun.

Four pillars of thoughtful design

1. There is no fashion like timeless
We don’t believe in the fast fashion industry as it represents mindless, waste-full consumerism. James Ay is all about making long-lasting products and designs that can be appreciated for generations.

2. Quality
No compromises are made when sourcing the best materials, shapes and production methods for a pair of James Ay sunglasses. The experience of great quality is what turns a beautiful design piece into something you love.

3. There must be a story worth telling
Every product is made with an intent to reflect an opinion or cultivate a meaningful story that goes beyond the more physical. It has to pose a question or answer one, whereby it adds to the richness of the James Ay universe.

4. Sustainable at heart
We’re chasing all possibilities to make the right choices related to our planet and the people living on it. We seek to protect the environment by supporting projects we believe in. Are we perfect yet? Not by a long shot. But we continuously work towards one day making an all positive impact.