Meet The African Eyewear Designer That Made Chance The Rapper's Wooden Frames

I know I'm not the only one who saw Chance The Rapper rocking these Wanderlust Maple wooden frames.

I've been a long time fan of Bôhten, the Ghana-based eyewear company that is revolutionizing the term "eco-luxury." Recently, I was given the opportunity to talk with the founder, Nana Boateng Osei. The entrepreneur had the initiative to use reclaimed material to manufacture an eco-luxury eyewear line.
He draws inspiration from his Ghanaian roots, from his love of nature but mostly from his late grandfather Andrew Hanson Osei.
Chance The Rapper wearing Wanderlust Maple
What does the term "eco-luxury" mean to Bohten?
The term Eco-luxury came from inspiration of Abetifi from the Kwahu Mountains , it is the highest habitable point in Ghana. Years ago I went there with my family to reconnect my roots, it was an experience that change my perception on what it means to appreciate the outdoors. the region has the most beautiful landscapes in the world and freshest air. Eco-luxury for me is not an item but a rich outdoor experience combining nature and my personal style.

How did your grandfather inspire you to create your brand?
My late grandfather was the first land surveyor in Ghana, something that I a, very proud of. He helped shape the Landscape of the country. Bohten serves not only to build on his legacy but also to create to push the boundaries and redefine what it means for luxury products to be Made in Africa and exported on a global scale.
What has been your biggest setback as an entrepreneur?
My biggest setback as an entrepreneur has been being able to accept that in business there are a lot of things that you cannot control. Learning to focus on what you can control is a key to success in any business.

What would be the first step of business for someone who wanted to start a fashion accessory line?
I would say lots of research, you need to know what's out there and then pick a specific niche product and market you will like to cater to. A strong story that highlights the lines philosophy is also very important. Last but not least a go-to-market strategy that includes engaging your audience in a variety of ways.
What has been your proudest accomplishment since your start?
My proudest accomplishment was being able to launch our first factory with my partner Max Fraser in Canada. We had to overcome so many obstacles to build the facility but it taught with the right team and mindset you can achieve anything. A year later we have our production blueprint and we are launching our second factory in Tema, Ghana.

What's next for Bohten?
The next step for Bohten is building our assembly second factory in Ghana and hiring 4 workers we can create fair paying opportunities for.  The facility will be powered by solar panels and we will also conduct a series of workshops focused on Making luxury products in Ghana. The end goal is to build communities that can be inspired and act on their own ambitions as Africans. It is also to be able to cater other local eyewear companies in Africa that need manufacturing assistance.

I've been rocking my Hanson Tortoise Classics for months now thanks to my partnership with the Bôhten crew and I receive so many compliments. 
It feels so good to know that I am supporting an African-owned business that also embraces eco-friendly practices.

Want to grab your own pair of wooden frames? Make sure to use my hookup promo code QBL20 to get 20% off at check out!

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