W H O W E A R E
SEAN YARGEAU / CO-FOUNDER
Sean is an Engineer with a background in Architecture. His meticulous attention to detail and eye for aesthetics sustains the studio's innovative product design. Skilled in woodworking, he individually hand-finishes every pair of Sharklion frames that is created.
BRANDON DAVIS / CO-FOUNDER
Brandon is an Experiential Designer, with a background in Architecture and Engineering. One part problem-solver and another part creative, he has designed and fabricated a lot of the tools that Sharklion needs to produce their eyewear product line.
P R E S S R E L E A S E
August 1, 2016
DETROIT-MADE EYEWEAR STUDIO RAISES THE DESIGN BAR
Sharklion, a new handcrafted wooden eyewear line influenced by the city’s diverse architecture, emerges in Detroit’s design scene.
DETROIT, Mich – The rise of the entrepreneurial creative class is the story of the decade in Detroit. At least from a “what’s going right in the city” angle. It’s a big story that is comprised of smaller stories about those who put it all on the line to pursue their passions and end up finding success along the way. Detroit-based eyewear crafters, Brandon Davis and Sean Yargeau of Sharklion, are one of those stories. In their Milwaukee Junction district studio, Davis and Yargeau collaborate to manufacture the detail-rich frames that design-minded locals are scrambling to obtain.
After completing their degrees in Architecture, Davis and Yargeau both sought out a shared creative space in the city of Detroit to be surrounded by the energy of a community of artists. In 2011, a combined wood shop & digital fabrication studio emerged from their plan. “We were looking for something we could make for ourselves, that others could experience,” explains Davis, on their initial objective. After the eyewear line became their main focus, they formed Sharklion from the ground up, including custom builds on their manufacturing machinery. Multiple processes and prototypes were tested before the two craftsmen felt like their new product’s quality lived up to their high standards. Davis takes Detroit’s design reputation to heart, adding, “We’re extremely focused on getting it right. It was only after countless prototypes that we were finally confident that our frames could contribute to the reputation of design, craftsmanship and innovation Detroit is known for.”
The aesthetics of Sharklion frames are borne of the co-founders’ contrasting tastes in design. Davis’s designs reflect the modern, serene lines of mid-century buildings, while Yargeau’s are influenced by the classic, ornate buildings of the 1920's.
Drawn in by the diversity of Detroit’s architectural history, Yargeau explains, “We are both so captivated by what’s happening now in the city. Detroit was built by people who weren’t afraid to push boundaries - boundaries of material, invention, beauty.” Yargeau points out things have changed, but more importantly they’ve also stayed the same. “Those types of people are still here. [We want] to be surrounded by them…to have the opportunity to derive inspiration from them, to interact with them, to collaborate with them.”
From across the room, one might first see a Sharklion frame and comment on it’s pleasing design -- but once they are up close, their unconventional material choice makes sure to set this eyewear line apart from the rest. “People don’t expect to see glasses with wood frames,” says Davis. “But when they find out…it’s a whole new level of interest.” The distinctive grains in their constantly changing inventory of locally reclaimed wood are the centerpiece of Sharklion’s one-of-a-kind frames. On top of that, their specific manufacturing and hand-finishing processes ensure the durability and longevity of each frame they produce, resulting in a creation that handily surpasses expectation and standards in eyewear -- wooden or otherwise.
Sharklion eyewear can be found locally at Detroit Mercantile in Eastern Market and Optik Birmingham, with more retail locations coming soon. Both prescription and sunglasses are available. Appointments can also be booked through their website, www.sharklionstudios.com for bespoke custom frames, which can be tailored to each customer's individual size and style.
M E D I A
F E A T U R E S
S O C I A L
website / www.sharklionstudios.com
instagram + twitter / @sharkliondesign
C O N T A C T
email / email@example.com
phone / 313.513.5123