Article One // Collaboration with Mission Workshop

Article One, the independent eyewear brand based in Flint, Mich., today announces the launch of their latest Active sunglasses in collaboration with California based Mission Workshop.


With a shared passion for both high-quality handmade products and all things outside, Article One and Mission Workshop came together to design this unique take on the classic navigator shape. The focus was to create a versatile frame appropriate for any occasion that has ultra-performance features allowing it to seamlessly transition from regular day to day activities to intense athletic pursuits. Whether on the water, a cross country drive or dropping down some single track the AO X MW navigator will perform flawlessly.

Article One Eyewear
Article One Eyewear
Article One Eyewear
Article One Eyewear
Article One Eyewear
Article One Eyewear
Article One Eyewear
Article One Eyewear

The AO X MW frames (MSRP $255) are made in Italy with TR90 polymer, an incredibly durable, lightweight and hypoallergenic material made to hold its shape, even in the highest temperatures. The silicone nose pads are made to grip and hold, with a wire core skeleton that athletes can squeeze tight during a workout and let loose afterwards. Silicone pads wrap behind the ear for additional comfort and grip.


The sunglasses feature Italian Divel lenses with CR-39 Polarization that blocks 100% of UVA/UVB rays and prevent road glare. In addition, the backside has an extra coating to counteract any reflection coming from the eye. Spring hinges allow for giving and bounce back in case of rough wear, and each frame comes with a cleaning cloth and durable EVA case to get you through your most active days.

  • We have always been in awe of the quality and craftsmanship behind Mission Workshop. As we have developed Article One and made decisions of who we work with, they are one of the brands we look to as a guide. It has been a blast to work with them to develop perhaps my new favorite shape in our collection.

About Article One

Founded in 2016, Article One is an independent eyewear company based in Michigan. As champions of craftsmanship, the heart of every Article One frame starts with handcrafted eyewear made in a small village in Northern Italy at the base of the Dolomites. Article One produces purpose-driven products with complete brand transparency and a spotlight on the hands that craft their frames. They are proponents of supporting independent optical, giving back to their community, and thoughtful design. The care put into each frame results in quality you can feel.

About Mission Workshop

Mission Workshop was founded in 2009 with the desire to build gear that is as tough as it is beautiful.  Based in California, they make technical bags and apparel built to endure and support the varied activities of the California landscape including outdoor sports and urban living.

Read more about this brand on TEF Magazine or visit their website.

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Author: maarten weidemaAfter being a freelance eyewear designer since 1999, TEF founder Maarten Weidema now solely writes about his fellow designers in the optical industry. His passionate mission is to promote independent eyewear to the international optical arena, backed up by a large group of bloggers and journalists from all over the world. He has recently been awarded "International Optical Personality of the Year", "Leading Innovator in Optical Social Media Marketing", "Social Media Marketing Company of the Year" and received several awards for "best eyewear blog" for his efforts to promote independent eyewear to a community of 517.000 eyecare professionals.

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