It took a family ski trip to Utah, a hat wearer doing what comes naturally and a broken pair of favorite sunglasses to solve one of life’s little nagging problems. Do you find yourself wearing a wide variety of hats? Like most men & women, do you instinctively place your eyewear on the brim of your hat when not wearing them? Then, like me you’ve suffered lost sunglasses and broken frames, or squinted through eyewear lenses scratched right in your line of sight as the result of having fallen to the ground.
The idea to create the LidsLash occurred while on a family ski vacation in 2013. I was doing my best imitation of the Walker Family pack mule or yak, lugging my family’s skis, poles, helmets, and gloves across the mid-mountain lodge after lunch on a beautiful blue bird day. Like millions of other men and women, I place my sunglasses on my head (or hat) when I do not need them.
While crossing the great room of the lodge to the exit, I dropped a glove and when I looked down to find it my sunglasses fell off my knit hat and onto the stone floor. Before I could retrieve them, someone accidentally stepped on my expensive shades with their ski boot and destroyed them. My 5 year old son’s response? “Dad, you should find a way to attach your glasses to your hat so they won’t fall off.” Duly noted Kendall…duly noted.
Back in Virginia, I used household items like washer disc magnets, a silicone bracelet, and some super glue to make my first working prototype to hold my glasses on my hat until I needed them. A year later and dozens of prototypes, the 1st production run of LidsLash product launched at the Washington Redskins training camp held in Richmond Virginia as well as on our website (www.lidslash.com).
We’ve received tremendous feedback from hunters and fishermen, golfers, NASCAR race fans, casual sports enthusiasts, beach goers, and even construction and oilfield workers who use the LidsLash to hold their safety glasses to their safety helmets. Additionally, corporations have begun calling eager to brand the LidsLash with their company logo for promotional items and gifts.
With Christmas approaching, more and more women are reaching out to us about what a great stocking stuffer this will be for the hat wearers, both men and women, in their lives. For people who wear hats and instinctively place their eyewear on the brim of their hats, the LidsLash is like Christmas everyday!