Both pieces feature a proprietary tortoise acetate cut from a single sheet and made by hand the hard way. "Acetate isn't easy to work with," says The James Brand. "It's a material that we've experimented with for a long time, but we needed to find a partner who was an expert. We approached our friends at RAEN, who have a long history of working with acetate, to see if they could help us out. Before too long, it was obvious that we needed to do a collaboration, as we share a lot of the same values, and eyewear is clearly an essential part of many people's everyday carry."
The pocketknife, based on the popular Elko design by The James Brand, is equipped with a fully capable yet compact Sandvik 12C27 stainless steel blade and a special pry-bar-key-ring-bottle-opener-screwdriver hybrid tool. The sunglasses, meanwhile, are based on the Wiley model from RAEN and feature polarized Carl Zeiss lenses that reduce glare and eye strain.