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Vanessa Barnes has been inspired by fashion her whole life. She attended the Fashion Institue of Design and Merchandise, and has worked as a wardrobe stylist for local television. Vanessa has also styled various fashion shows from streetwear to couture. She also specializes in executive style transformation for business professionals. In addition to styling, she recently launched her website fashionmixtape.com, that features independent fashion and music.

SOLO Eyewear Giving Vision Care To Those In Need

SOLO Eyewear is an inspiring story of taking action from reading literature in an MBA course at San Diego State University and making it a life long lesson. Co-founder Jenny Amaraneni read the book “Out of Poverty” by Paul Polak. Jenny also learned the staggering statistics that blindness world wide is 80% preventable and 1 billion people don’t have eye care.

SOLO Eyewear Team

Jenny Amaraneni, Craig Stern and Dana Holliday (Photo Credit: Solo Eyewear)

Jenny’s project idea encountered Co-founder Craig Stern and Creative Director Dana Holliday at a campus center, where SOLO Eyewear’s concept would come to life.

SOLO Eyewear would develop into a cycle where portions of each purchase would help those in need who do not have access to proper vision care. Every pair of sunglasses has 10-15% of the proceeds going towards both providing reading glasses and cataract surgery. The surgeries and reading glasses are made possible by three non-profit organizations: Restoring Vision, L.V. Prasad Eye Institute and Aravind Eye Care System.

SOLO Eyewear Honeywood

(Photo Credit: Solo Eyewear)

SOLO Eyewear

(Photo Credit: Solo Eyewear)

SOLO Eyewear’s first year in development have helped close to 1,000 people in 12 different countries. SOLO has provided 105 cataract surgeries and 750 pairs of reading glasses. This success has lead to the co-founders being honored as part of San Diego’s top young influential’s. SOLO Eyewear’s new collection is eco-chic, with the latest frame style and trends combined with bamboo temples.

SOLO Eyewear

(PhotoCredit: Solo Eyewear)

SOLO Eyewear will continue to help improve vision for those who don’t have access to vision care. They have gained national attention and have been featured on the television program The Doctors. They are currently expanding into stores and is available at the San Diego State University Bookstore, the campus where it all began. To purchase and contribute to SOLO Eyewear’s cause you can check out soloeyewear.com.

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