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Drift Eyewear
Photo by Troy Brajkovich.

Calling all aesthetes with a penchant for geek chic: Chris Mantz, the Chicago-based designer and founder of Drift Eyewear, took a hard look at the industry and has created a handcrafted, one-of-a-kind spin on glasses.

Mantz?s first iteration of his eco-friendly frames--less than wearable and made from his old skateboard--has evolved into a chic line of retro-meets-mod glasses.

Each pair of Drift frames are crafted from fair-trade woods and naturally derived plastics and manufactured by sustainable means and workers in humane conditions. (One percent of net sales goes to 1% for the Planet.)

From wenge wood to maple, sunnies to prescriptions, all of the frames (about $450 to $500 without prescription) feature PressureFLEX technology, which uses a layer of walnut with a stainless-steel insert for durability. They are also waterproof and UV resistant.

The scouts at I.D., the Lakeview source for sleek home furnishings, knew a good thing when they encountered Drift, and the store now carries the entire customizable collection in its hidden gem of an eyewear section. While you?re there, check out the extensive selection of Tom Ford frames (available later this month) and make an appointment for an eye exam with the in-house doc.

The discovery will make you feel like a visionary.

I.D., 3337 N. Halsted St.; 773-755-4343 or

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