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Pair Eyewear

pair eyewearNathan Kondamuri and Sophia Edelstein hope the Sharks see the light and invest in Pair Eyewear, their line of children’s glasses, in Shark Tank episode 1106. The pair went to Stanford together and did a lot of research before starting the business. Nathan always wore glasses and didn’t find it an enjoyable experience. He thinks glasses should be fun, but he always viewed them a “just a medical device.”

They realized kids glasses are too expensive and wanted to disrupt the space a bit. After interviewing hundreds of families, they realized parents wanted a more economical option and kids wanted glasses they could change up. Nathan and Sophia brought on a former Warby Parker products guy and launched Pair Eyewear in early 2017. They sell five styles of base frames for kids for $95 a pair. For another $35, you can buy customized clip on frames that attach to the glasses, giving them a completely different look. They also sell sunglasses with the same stles and features.

Instead of shipping five pairs of glasses, Pair ships cardboard replicas to customers so they can choose a style; this eliminates the hassle of shipping unwanted frames back to the company. Like Warby Parker, Pair donates a pair of glasses for every pair sold to The Eyelliance, a nonprofit organization that provides glasses to kids in the developing world.

So far, they’ve already raised $1.15 million in venture capital. Warby Parker, noting Pair Eyewear’s success, has started offering kids glasses, so they’ll need to capture market share quickly. They’d like a Shark’s help with that.

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Pair Eyewear Shark Tank Recap

Nathan and Sophia enter seeking $400,000 for 10% of the business. They explain the product and hand out samples. The entrepreneurs impress the Sharks, but there is a lot of concern about the number of other investors and about the huge amount of competition in the eyewear business. The Sharks like the concept though.

Lori and Katrina want to make an offer, but they are still concerned with competition. They’re also concerned with the amount of other investors. The two Sharks offer $400,000 for a 10% PLUS a $1.50 per pair royalty until their investment is recovered. Nathan and Sophia take the deal.

Pair Eyewear Shark Tank Update

The Shark Tank Blog constantly provides updates and follow-ups about entrepreneurs who have appeared on the Shark Tank TV show. The deal with Lori and Katrina never closed. Since airing in early March, 2020, the nation  was in lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Since then, the company introduced a new Future is Bright Collection and Hearts of Hope Collection. All net proceeds from these two collections will be used to support children affected by COVID-19 by providing them with food and books.

In a counter move to Warby Parker, Pair now offers adult glasses too.

In April, 2021, they raised $12 million in Series A funding. The company raised another $60 million in series B funding shortly thereafter. They also secured licensing deals with Sesame Street, Harry Potter, Marvel and the NBA. As of July, 2021, they were doing annual revenue of $9 million. In September, 2021, the company announced it will be setting up kiosks in the Hy-Vee Supermarkets chain. This will allow them to  “offer a hybrid shopping experience for Hy-Vee customers, allowing them to try eyewear frames on in stores and place prescription and non-prescription orders online through the in-store kiosk,” according to a Hy-Vee press release. As of Mayy, 2022, they are going strong with projected revenue of $10+ million for the year.

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