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Seventeen Magazine Chooses Dicks Cottons as Style Must-Have for Summer 2014!
Seventeen Magazine Chooses Dicks Cottons as Style Must-Have for Summer 2014!

Summer is closing in and it's no wonder that Dicks Cottons sunglasses were featured in this month's May issue of Seventeen Magazine, amongst this season's hottest swimwear & celebrity party girl, Miley Cyrus.

Don't miss out on this season's summer styles, click here to get the newest shades for summer.

Seventeen featured our Dicks Cottons Shield sunglasses in their May 2014 issue.

Why a Travel Writer Packs Dicks Cottons and a Mini Flask - Featured on
Why a Travel Writer Packs Dicks Cottons and a Mini Flask - Featured on

"When I was asked a year ago to launch's monthly “Travel Checklist” column, it seemed like one of Gulliver’s dreams come true, combining three of my favorite things -- travel, writing, and entrepreneurs. Over these many months, we've met colorful, globetrotting business leaders who carry everything from gold testers to toy ponies to Zimbabwean currency, to far-flung destinations. They’ve taught us what keeps them refreshed, focused, and motivated on the go. Perhaps most importantly, they've reminded us why travel is so vital, even in the age of Skype and FaceTime, to developing personal relationships.

But as a well-traveled entrepreneur myself, I was always left with a longing to open up my bag and share some of the unique things I tote around the globe. Last year, I logged exactly 31,415 miles. (I know that, thanks to one of my favorite websites, FlightMemory, which lets you track where you’ve flown and how far. According to the site, since 2007, I've navigated the globe 8.62 times and gone 0.89 the distance to the moon. By the time you read this, I hope I'll be there.)

I like to think those miles have taught me some important travel lessons – ones from which you should benefit too. So, without further ado, your humble correspondent will unzip his bag and make his own big reveal.

1. Hideo Design Tarpaulin Trolley carry-on. "It's made of tarp material, so it's incredibly durable, cleans easily, and is the lightest carry-on I've ever owned. All for less than $200. It's also not your typical, generic black bag. When I travel, people routinely compliment it and ask where I got it (from Flight 001, my favorite travel store, founded by a past Travel Checklist subject, Brad John). Life is too short for boring luggage, I say."

2. MacBook Air. "Tablets are great for consuming media, but for creating it -- which is what I do every single day -- you simply need a real keyboard. I run my entire media consulting business on this thing. It boots up immediately, is virtually as light as an iPad, but is a full-fledged computer."

3. Flask. "A couple of drinks before, during, or after a long flight can make travel more bearable. The genius of this little guy is that it only holds 3 ounces -- meaning you can slip it into your liquids bag with TSA's blessing. I've gotten more than a few smiles from security agents when it passes through the X-ray machine."

4. Converse by John Varvatos Chuck Taylor sneakers. "Showing up to a meeting in sneakers is my way of thumbing my nose at the ‘traditional’ business world, as an entrepreneur. I find that laceless Chuck Taylors (or Nike SBs) are the best for travel. Usually black. They go with everything, even a suit, and are a cinch to slip off at security."

5. Makeshift shoe bags. "Years ago, I discovered that bags from the Apple Store are the perfect size for holding a pair of shoes. I hate the idea of shoes I’ve walked miles in rolling around in a suitcase full of clean clothes."

6. Dicks Cottons sunglasses. "A good friend of mine, Rich Amundson, founded this lifestyle brand several years ago. They are the same quality for half the price of Ray-Bans, and the pouch they come in doubles as a cleaning cloth.”

7. Music. "I like making playlists for different destinations -- songs that I picked up while visiting or that just capture their essence. This single (on my iPhone) is from my ‘LA’ playlist -- ‘Not Just Another Day’ by Mike Burke, a Los Angeles based singer/songwriter, who's also a friend. His upbeat music always reminds me of the carefree Southern California I know and love when I'm heading west."

8. Mophie Juice Pack Air phone case/charger. "On the road, I always seem to tweet, Instagram, and check email twice as much and the battery goes quickly. This case has a built-in battery pack, which basically doubles the battery life, and the added protection while traveling never hurts."

9. Magazines. "I fall behind on my subscriptions, so I always have a stack of magazines ready to throw in my suitcase. There's a feeling of satisfaction when I finish an issue and can toss it on my way off the plane."

10. Black T-shirts and jacket. "Whether it's an event in LA, dinner out in London, or even a client meeting, this is my go-to look on the road. No matter where you're going, layering always helps, and throwing half a dozen black T-shirts in a bag makes packing (and repacking) pretty easy."

11. True Utility TelePen. “What’s the one thing you’re always looking for? A pen. And what’s the one thing you (should) always have with you? Your keys. Discovered this on Amazon about a year ago -- it’s a small, sleek keychain that transforms into a decent-sized pen. If James Bond had been a writer, I imagine he would’ve carried one of these.”

12. Souvenirs. “With travel, it’s not just what you bring with you, it’s also what you bring back. I’ve started to collect small, random mementos that capture the spirit of the places I’ve gone. The maroon rock is from an impromptu (and technically illegal) hike to the ‘Hollywood’ sign during my very first trip to LA. The smooth white one is from a trip to Montego Bay, Jamaica, where I organized a mentoring summit at the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship, as are the Red Stripe bottle caps. The gray ones are volcanic rocks from Iceland. The white ring is from a pair of jeans I bought at the original A.C.N.E. store in Stockholm. And the keychain (bought, not stolen!) is from the Hotel San Jose in Austin, one of my favorite places to stay anywhere.”

For more than a decade, Rod Kurtz served as a journalist and advocate on behalf of entrepreneurs -- until finally becoming one himself. Today, he works as a media consultant for a variety of brands, organizations, and startups, to foster an ongoing conversation about entrepreneurship, including The New York TimesEntrepreneur, Cool Hunting, SCORE, and OPEN Forum, where he serves as Editor-at-Large.


How Do I Choose the Right Sunglasses?
How Do I Choose the Right Sunglasses?

Q: Which style of sunglasses look best on me?

A: It's all about 'face-shape'!

Ahh, the age-old question, which sunglasses do you choose? Here, we will run you through the basics. Here's our recommendation when choosing the right pair for you. (Don't worry, it's not like picking out the perfect diamond, although you will get just as many, if not more compliments, at a fraction of the price!)

First thing to know is all of our Dicks Cottons sunglasses are unisex!  But, most importantly, it's all about your face shape. Good to know that all orders have 30-day RETURNS and FREE SHIPPING, so there's no risk! Give 'em a test drive. We pride ourselves on making high-quality, attention-getting designs with premium, optical-grade frames and superior CR-39 lenses! It's no wonder we have been featured in magazines and on sites like this May's 2014 issue of Seventeen Magazine, InTouch, People, US! Weekly, Surfer, The Travel Channel, Access Hollywood and MTV to name a few! CLICK HERE to see the full list

If you have an oval face try our Jetsetter Aviators. As seen on Kourtney Kardashian & Gisele Bunchin.

If you have a round face, try our wide Shields. As seen on Snoop, Afrojack, Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami, Chris Webby, Jenna Jameson & Rob Gronkowski.

If you have a square face try our Montauk Wayfarers. As seen on The Jonas Brothers, The Wanted Life, Ciara Price & Jason Mraz.

If you have a heart shaped face try our Rincon Oversized Wayfarers. As seen on Huey Mack, Colin Kaepernick, Victor Cruz & Chris Tucker (as mention in Drake's lyrics)

If you have a standard to athletic shaped face try our SoCal Flattop Wayfarers. As Seen on Mac Miller, Mike Stud & Nick Cannon.

If you want to get noticed try our Benson Boomtho Square Styles. As seen on Major Lazer (Diplo, Walshyfire & Jillionaire).

And if all else fails, you love to party and want a perfect shape to just knock around in, try our NEW Bangers line! As seen on The Red Bull Wings Team & Waka Flocka.

For a full gallery of celebrities, musicians, athletes, & DJ's who all wear Dicks Cottons, CLICK HERE.

How to get Noticed at Festivals
How to get Noticed at Festivals

California is known for holding and being within spitting distance of some of the coolest festivals in production today.  Sure, everyone knows about Coachella and every country fan knows about Stagecoach, but not everyone knows about Burning Man.  Burning Man takes place in the Nevada Black Rock Desert and is a festival dedicated to music, self-expression, art, and self-reliance.  Self-reliance meaning you rent a camper/RV, bring all your own supplies, and barter with other festival-goers like settlers did in the early days of America.  Amen for tax refunds, right?

But never fear, the East Coast has some pretty wicked festivals, too.  Sure you know about Bonnaroo.  But if you’re looking for a festival that’s just a bit smaller, nicer on your wallet, and featuring many of the same awesome acts headlining at Coachella and Bonnaroo, then check out Firefly in Dover, Delaware.  Only in its third season, it’s already doubled its attendees each year.  It's a great time and it seems as though this year could be the last where the rules aren’t necessarily 100% enforced all the time (i.e. number of campers in a spot, etc.).

Whatever festival you attend this year, make sure you bring lots of food/beverages to barter and trade with other festival-goers (Capri Suns are a huge hit come day three, FYI), plenty of sunscreen, and of course, your Dicks Cottons shades for sun-protection and plenty of compliments.  The funkier the better.  It is a festival after all.

Mike Stud - Crew Member
Mike Stud - Crew Member


Man, myth and legend... all rolled into one. Turn up, it's Mike Stud homie!

Mike was a legendary All-American pitcher at Duke, boasting an untouchable slider. An untimely injury gave Mike unfamiliar free-time so he started making music in his dorm room. His fun, catchy songs and videos soon led to a mythical rise in the music industry.

As a man, Mike is always there for his fans, even saving some of their lives (literally). After two albums, debuting #1 worldwide on iTunes & amassing over 20 million YouTube views, Mike's concerts are more like raging parties between the humble Mike and all his loyal fans.

We're proud to have this man, myth and legend as our first official crew member and to have teamed up together to create the Mike Stud Signature sunglasses line. The first 3 color ways sold out fast. These 3 new color ways are bound to do the same.


Day is the New Night
Day is the New Night


Can’t even hate how as of recent, Day parties are starting to
seriously creep up on Night parties. It’s a heated rivalry for sure,
but we’re like Switzerland on this one, we take a neutral stance,
knowing that both options bring a lot to the table.

We think it’s safe to say that anyone reading this isn’t afraid of a
good time, by any stretch of the imagination. You love partying with
your friends and earning these killer stories to tell along the way.
No matter what, you have to come correct and wear your favorite Dicks
Cottons gear that makes you stand out in the crowd. There’s nothing
better than bumping into someone with a pair of shades, or a neon
Stickman snapback while you’re getting after it!

This one’s on you to make the decision…What’s a better time to throw
down, Day or Night?

- be happy. live comfortably.



Our season’s style guide to improve your mood.

Let’s face it, weather's changing, your favorite show is ending, your
Tinder isn’t blowing up like it was this summer, we get it. There are
so many things that can change our mood and make us wanna stay in,
binge eat on some comfort food and text away while wrapped up in a
Snuggie with Ryan Gosling (or Eva Mendes). But, really though? Carpe
F’ing Diem. Get yourself together.

Life is all about getting out, hanging with friends and enjoying your
youth while you have it! You are young, wild and free...and we’ve got
the secret recipe to pick you up, clean you up, get a drink in your
hand and you back to the party!

First, make plans! Making weekly social plans will force you to
experience new things, prevent you from over analyzing yourself and
will give you something to look forward to!

Next, accessorize when you go out. Having a pair of comfortable,
quality, handmade sunglasses that just fit perfectly on your face will
get you noticed. Whether you’re dressed up or dressed down, sunglasses
are a go-to. Plus, it is a proven fact, that when you wear our shades,
you will, without a doubt get compliments. However, the best accessory
you can wear is confidence.

Look, we’re not mathematicians, but it’s simple, when you wear our
shades you get compliments, when you get compliments you feel better,
when you feel better you date Ryan Gosling.

- be happy. live comfortably.

Shhhhh!!!! 3 Beaches that are Best Kept Secret
Shhhhh!!!! 3 Beaches that are Best Kept Secret

My Beach is Better

“You can keep ya beach cause that beach whatever.” Jay-Z is all over this one, well-played Jigga Man, we agree! Sure HOV flies private and his American Express Black Card probably has more frequent flier miles than Lindsay Lohan has arrest warrants, but what Jay-Z is really relating to the aspirational jet-setters is one thing, don’t compromise.

Some say it’s in a traveler’s good nature to spread the word, that’s why we are hooking you up with 3, must see beaches for your future.

Praia da Pipa, Brazil – Probably one of the most incredible beaches, Pipa is your jam! Hosting the sickest combination of reggae, dreadlocks, good vibes with a VERY attractive nightlife of 20 to 30 something that gets turnt up, get ready to rage with your Stickman hat! Pria goes off late night!

*Best shades for the trip, your Rincon Indicators oversized wayfarers.

Puerto Viejo, Cost RicaNo hotels taller than the tallest palm tree, no all-inclusive…this is the polar opposite of Tamarindo. If you want to change things up, the Caribbean side of Costa is where it’s at! Puerto Viejo is so on point, largely guilty by association to it’s counterparts of atmospheric beach bars, Afro-Caribbean locals, rainforests and insane beaches with a lot of surfers, backpackers and a strange aroma in the air. This costal town is off the grid for sure, but the locals know they struck gold!

*Best shades for the trip, your SoCal Ocean flattops. Yes, you can bring Mike Stud with you on your trip.

Holbox, Mexico – This remote island off the coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula may be the very best kept secret. Holbox is a beach-goers dream, pure white sand, very remote and more shades of blue than your favorite Dicks Cottons lenses! Put your feet up on your desk with Google Images pulled up showing Holbox and post that to Instagram…guaranteed 100 likes!

*Best shades for the trip, your Montauk, Sloppy Tuna wayfarers. We also suggest you bring a fresh snapback for when you are beachside with Corona’s in hand.

Shhhh!!! Only tell your closest friends!