Bohten: Eco-Conscious Eyewear
Nana Boateng Osei is passionate about sustainable fashion. His Canadian designed eco-conscious eyewear brand Bohten uses reclaimed wood sourced from Africa and draws inspiration from it’s Ghanaian roots. The entrepreneur and his product have been featured on the popular CBC television show Dragon’s Den and are making heads turn, one pair at a time.
The clean lined, thick-rimmed frames are modern, urban and sophisticated. Various styles are available in a range of finishes including matte black, tortoise, zebrawood, red wood and dyed bamboo. Fashion lovers are sure to find they compliment any look with their cool confidence.
Nana is not just out to sell frames though, he explains his goal through material sourcing “is to create jobs for young adults in Africa and also empower people to dive into entrepreneurship. Its more than just the product that we are selling but also our vision for a new Africa and a new mentality towards entrepreneurship and sustainability.”
The frames are hand crafted in zero waste facilities in Asia, although Nana and his team are working to quickly move production to Canada. The entrepreneur explained to me, “Local production will allow us to cut down our ecological foot print and also the amount of material we use to make our glasses. Supporting local suppliers is key to also reinvesting in the Canadian economy.”
The brand is named Bohten after Nana’s grandfather who inspired many with his work in Ghana as a surveyor. Nana told me that he had “founded Bohten around the time he (his grandfather) died,” and admitted “it was tough because I couldn’t go down for his funeral. It only made sense to honor his legacy and I hope Bohten has an even greater impact on people from all walks of life. Everything happens for a reason in life and I have faith the best is yet to come.”
Photo credits: Aramm David, Muse Mohammed, and Steven Metellus.