Costa Del Mar

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Costa Del Mar, Inc.
Eyewear Manufacturers
Industry Eyewear Manufacturers
Founded 1983
Headquarters Flag of the United States.svg Daytona Beach, Florida, United States
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Charles R. (Chas) MacDonald, President
Products Sunglasses, Apparel, Sunglass Accessories
Services Sunglasses Repair
Revenue Increase US $50 million (2006)
Parent Essilor
Slogan "See What's Out There"
Website http://www.costadelmar.com

Costa Del Mar, Inc. is a manufacturer of high-end polarized sunglasses typically for use in water sports such as fishing, sailing, and surfing. The company was founded in 1983 and is currently headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida where they finalize their imported sunglass frames by hand assembling the lenses.

Some of Costa's competitors include: Oakley, Maui Jim, Bolle, Smith Optics, and Kaenon.

History[edit]

Costa Del Mar was founded in 1983 after a group of fishermen could not find a sunglass that fit their needs, causing them to create their own sunglasses.[1] Later that same year, a NOAA nature sanctuary asked the company for a donation of polarized sunglasses. The first style of sunglasses released was called "Catalina" which used CR-39 plastic and had a lens made of the company's 400 glass lens. The "Catalina" model has since been discontinued.

On November 8, 2013, Essilor purchased Costa Del Mar through a cash transaction of $270 Million. [2]

Technology[edit]

Costa Del Mar manufacturers a variety of frame styles and lens options for their glasses.

The company manufacturers a polarized polycarbonate and glass lens-which provide complete UVA/B/C protection.[3]

The Costa 400 is offered in all three lens materials, and it eliminates glare at the 400 nanometer mark.

The Costa 580 is Costa's premium lens collection. Introduced in August 2000, this lens eliminates glare at the 580 nanometer mark. It significantly reduces the amount of yellow light that penetrates the lens (yellow light is the hardest light for the eye to process). The 580 lens was originally only available in glass, but have since been manufactured in a polycarbonate material.

Some frame styles are available as C-Mates® (a bi-focal lens) which is currently offered in the +1.75 and +2.50 magnification levels.

Some models of the Costa frame can be made with prescription lenses which feature all its lens technology that comes standard.

Sponsorships and Endorsements[edit]

Costa Del Mar sponsors a variety of events and fishing guides throughout the United States, Mexico, and Brazil. It sponsors fishing pros in events such as The B.A.S.S. Tour and The World Billfish Championship.

The company is also largely involved with projects such as Kick Plastic, GEOBASS Adventures, Bluefin on the Line, OCEARCH Expeditions, Watery Rave, and Project Guyana.[4]

A variety of outdoor personalities and professional fishermen who have endorsed and used the Costa products include: Jason Quinn, Kevin Short, Todd Faircloth, Flip Pallot, Blair Wiggins, and José Wejebe, and Corky Carroll.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Us". Retrieved April 5, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Costa - Press and Media". Retrieved April 7, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Costa Lens Technology". Retrieved April 5, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Protect Guyana". Retrieved April 5, 2015. 

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