Ballo Launch New Sunglasses Range: Eyewood



Ballo, founded this year by Alistair Barnes in Cape Town, has recently launched their first product range called Eyewood – a collection of handmade wooden sunglasses.


After operating as the importer and distributor for Proof Eyewear SA for a couple of years, Alistair ventured to create his own range, which was just launched in June. Ballo spent 6 months developing their first range, paying close attention to quality and craftsmanship, which resulted in a beautiful product that is locally designed and made.


According to Alistair, the name “Ballo” comes from a combination of his last name Barnes and his mother’s maiden name Gallo. Later, as a pretty cool coincidence, he discovered that Ballo happens to mean “dance” in Italian. Alistair provides a fitting description which sums up the brand ethos and product perfectly, saying that he “was focused on producing something fresh, durable, beautiful, sustainable and local.”


Ballo does have plans to branch out into producing clothing, but like all good things, this will take some time. The frames currently available come in four styles –  Barnes, Brown, Gallo and Trafton. Each style also comes in 3 different wood options: Imbuia, Walnut or Cherry. All their frames are prescription ready and new styles will be added to the collection in the near future. So far, we like what we see.






  1. The last guys name is ‘EYEZ HAZ CRAFT BEER’D’

  2. Good day! I am working by a optometrist and we are intrested in your product can you please e-mail a Phone nr were we can contact you and a pricelist. Thanks! Nicoleen

  3. Wooow,just when you think you have seen it all.What an awesome product you guys, look forward to seeing the rest of the collection.Thanks Earle

  4. Great unique product! The fact that its locally made impresses me even more…well done Mr Barnes you doing Cape Town proud….for the rest you guys reading this “go Ballo or go home”