About us

We make eyewear for people who see things differently.

Product designer Sam Whitten founded Hemp Eyewear in Scotland after discovering the incredible properties and potential of hemp. Sam saw an opportunity to take on a market that not only uses an unbelievable amount of plastic, but relies more heavily on logos and advertising than on craftsmanship and design. Our first prototype - a pair of sunglasses with the signature hemp frame - went viral in 2014, and with a wave of support from early adopters, we were off and running.

Since then, we’ve learned and grown, moving into our studio in Edinburgh where we’ve worked hard to get every detail right, from sourcing the perfect materials to fine-tuning our process to getting to know our audience better and better.

Now, handcrafting every pair of glasses with minute attention to detail using what we believe to be the best materials on earth, we’re proud to say that our eyewear is more sustainable, more high quality and more beautiful than ever: living proof that you can enjoy something luxurious whilst still being responsible.

Frames being made

 

What is hemp and why do we use it?

The most renewable, eco friendly and diverse resource on earth is industrial hemp. Hemp can be grown anywhere in the world, even on poor soil, and without the need for harmful pesticides.

It isn’t new. Figures like Levi Strauss and Henry Ford have been known to use hemp, but for a long time, it fell into obscurity. Our mission is to show that hemp is at the core of an innovative, sustainable future, with applications that are almost limitless. We’re starting by using hemp to revolutionise eyewear.

How do we make them?

Our hemp comes from France. Raw fibre is transformed into a strong yet lightweight material using our eco-conscious technology and specialised machinery. It’s as clean as it gets: the only byproduct of our process is water vapour.

Because it’s a natural material, each of our frames is one-of-a-kind. Our craftsmen spend weeks transforming the processed material into eyewear frames, before adding a v-groove for the lenses, and using a special router to cut our two trademark grooves into each frame.

We complete the hemp element of the frames by sanding them for hours using wet and dry paper, achieving a smooth, comfortable and beautiful-looking finish.

Every single screw, rivet and hinge is marked, drilled and attached by hand. We only use precision-engineered components made from the best materials: if it's not made from hemp then it's made from the highest grade titanium to ensure long-lasting performance and quality.