From Idea To Reality

Photo of Vybe Sunglasses. | Photo: Chris White

We’ve all been there. We buy a pair of sunglasses – whether designer or not – and either get tired of them or they break several months later.

Two Raleigh-area friends, Chase Denison and Kyle May, were tired of dishing out boatloads of cash for sunglasses they were not completely satisfied with so what did they do? They decided to start their own company. Denison, a senior at Apex High School, came up with the idea of durable sunglasses with interchangeable parts that would be fully customizeable and cost a fraction of the designer brands. He teamed up with May, a N.C. State sophomore, and Vybe Sunglasses was born.

The sunglasses are innovative in design as a pair comes with six parts that are fully customizable. Each part of the sunglasses easily snaps into place and comes in numerous colorways enabling consumers to create more than 1.9 million different combinations, according to the company’s Indiegogo site. Vybe is gaining steam as a company. Denison and May launched pre-orders this week and the company has been featured in N.C. State’s Technician student newspaper and in an article released by the Poole College of Management. Denison is no stranger to the entrepreneurial world. According to the article by the Poole College of Management, Denison started his own clothing business – 919 Clothing – at the age of 14. Today, the company operates in over 25 countries.

I first heard about Vybe through reading the N.C. State student newspaper, Technician, and liked the idea from the start. I’ve had a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses for a couple years now and, although they are a great pair of sunglasses, I’m getting kind of tired of them. Not to mention, I really don’t want to pay $100+ for another pair.
Vybe Sunglasses is revolutionary and I think the company is poised to turn the sunglasses market on its head. I wish nothing but the best for Denison and May in their venture.

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