Spy Launches New Handcrafted Eyewear Collection

CARLSBAD, Calif., Mar 23, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Spy Optic, Inc. and Orange 21 Inc. announce the launch of the Spy Handcrafted Collection. Produced in limited quantities, the collection is a fusion of classic sunglass craftsmanship combined with a forward-thinking design aesthetic. Each hand-built frame blends stylistic details, pure architectural lines, and premium materials for timeless appeal. Hand cut and polished acetate (zyl) and precision-engineered Italian lenses accentuate the unique character of each frame.

Spy's Handcrafted Collection will launch with three distinct styles, each with at least three color choices. The styles include the Stratos(TM), which is a lavish aviator made to relive the decadence of Studio 54; the Factor(TM), a classic '60s design infused with contemporary details; and the Rollins(TM), a rectangular silhouette with straight temples, which emanates a street-smart persona. Retail prices for this collection will range from $150-$225.

"This collection is an interpretation of late 1960s and '70s vintage design," Commented Design Director Jerome Mage. "I combined metal accents with rich, layered colors of zyl to convey a more modern look and to emphasize individuality."

The Handcrafted Collection will first be released in April to premium apparel and optical boutiques in key US and Canadian markets including: Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Chicago, Dallas, Montreal, and Vancouver. The brand will release limited quantities of each piece and introduce new styles on a frequent basis in order to ensure creative freedom by the designers as well as to maintain enthusiasm and interest in the collection. More styles will be added later this year to this ever-evolving, creative portfolio of eyewear.

About Spy

Spy Optic designs, develops and markets premium products for the action sports and youth lifestyle markets. Spy's principal products, sunglasses and goggles, target the action sports market, including surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding, and motocross, and the youth lifestyle market within fashion, music, and entertainment. Spy's innovative proprietary products utilize high-quality materials, handcrafted manufacturing processes and engineered optical lens technology to convey performance, style, quality, and value. Spy is a wholly owned subsidiary of Orange 21, Inc. (NASDAQ: ORNG)

About Orange 21, Inc.

Orange 21 develops brands that produce premium optical products. Orange 21's brands include Spy Optic, which manufactures sunglasses and goggles targeted towards the action sports and youth lifestyle market, and E Eyewear, which manufactures the signature Dale Earnhardt Jr. sunglass line.

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SOURCE: Orange 21 Inc.

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