"Kahoy (pronounced: Kaa-Hoy) means wood in Tagalog, the Filipino language. Kahoy Kollection is a high-end travel-leisure Eco-eyewear brand with a line of vintage-inspired sunglass and optical frames. Kahoy wants to bring a modern, earthy twist to a vintage and familiar frame that is lightweight, comfortable and stylish. Our Bamboo Shades line consists of bamboo temples that are handmade and also Ophthalmic grade clear frames for Rx with wooden temples as well, into which we can place prescriptions lenses. The styles are named after beaches, streets or districts that the owner Ralph Santos has been to or lived in around the world. Kahoy Kollection exudes a global culture that is sophisticated, knowledgeable, respectful, well-traveled and adventurous that owns up to its motto #exploreandreconnect. We want to encourage people to explore and reconnect with their own culture, spirituality, and mother nature and use that experience to better themselves in however they see fit.
Kahoy Kollection was founded by Ralph Santos, born in Guam, raised in Long Beach, CA by parents of Filipino descent. Entrepreneurism and fashion runs in his blood. His father owned a fleet of taxis in Guam during the ‘70s. His grandfather managed the first ever department store in Manila called H.E. Heacocks in Old Manila’s Escolta District. His Godmother owned optical chain stores in Manila. After being a teacher overseas, being inspired by living in Manila and Shanghai and traveling all over Asia and then strategically planning while completing a MBA degree, Ralph established the Kahoy Kollection brand in December 2012. Kahoy Kollection has made waves in the industry with celebrities such as Christina Milian, Mike Epps, Wayne Brady, Gab Valenciano, the Cast of Dancing with the Stars season 17 & 18, and influential bloggers, and fashionistas loving our frames. Kahoy was also featured in magazines such as British GQ and British Tatler accessory section Summer ’13.
We also provide prescription lens services at an affordable cost. Kahoy Kollection is one of the few brands that owns an optical lab with a high-tech lens cutting machine, to provide high-quality lenses at a great price. Our optician has 20 years of experience working in the eyewear industry and will ensure your prescription will come out correctly. We are also one of the first Eco-eyewear brands to open a flagship retail store in the USA located in the heart of the burgeoning Downtown Los Angeles’ Gallery Row district."