House of Marley and Shwood Wood Sunglasses Team For Instagram Contest

shwood-marley1 A recycled tree limb might be the last place you’d expect to get a pair of shades from, but a Portland-based company Shwood is creating stylish sunglasses out of all types of materials. Created by Eric Singer and his co-founders in 2009, the brand has made their stamp by creating some dope eyewear with a handcrafted DIY touch.

It’s always exciting to see companies like Shwood creating awesome gear with the same resources that we use to produce our earth-friendly headphones, portable audio systems, Lively Up bags and watches. Recently, we caught up with Singer and talked about how Shwood’s wood sunglasses are made from scratch. Check out the interview below and learn how you can win a pair of Shwood sunglasses and Stir It Up on-ear headphones from The House of Marley:


What made you decide on sunglasses when you took that first tree limb and made a new product? It could have been anything… why sunglasses?

I guess my logic was “WHY NOT sunglasses?”  It all happened during a stagnant time for me creatively. It was the summer after graduating from high school. I had made so many random things, and my house was full of this junk pile of it all. I always kept a pretty nice collection of vintage sunglasses I would find. The second that these two things (making something/sunglasses) popped into my mind was the exact moment that I started building the first pair.

What’s the process of making each pair of sunglasses? How much time goes into creating one pair? How many hands touch each pair?

Our process has always been pretty intense. One pair of sunglasses will travel through upwards of 25 hands before it leaves our doors. On average, hand time per pair is one hour and 34 minutes, though if you calculate dry times of glues and finishes you’re at about six and a half hours.  The process starts with hand-selecting our various woods to weed out bad lumber.

From there it passes through all the stages of milling that lumber down to workable veneers. These veneers are laser cut to produce our shapes, which are then pressed up and glued together, parts are attached and sanded, re-worked, hand sanded and shaped some more, and hinges are attached and set. These frames are then finished for protection from the elements, and lenses are cut specific to each frame. Once fitted with the right lenses, they are cleaned by hand to ensure a flawless first impression by the consumer and packaged, ready for the always-friendly UPS courier.


Tell us about the Shwoodshop in Portland. How big is it? How many employees? What is some of the equipment that you use on a daily basis?

Shwood officially launched in 2009, and currently employs 50 people in our Portland, Oregon workshop. With 150 pairs made every day, and our growing awareness around the world, it’s exciting to see how much our sales are constantly outpacing production. Every step from veneering and precision lens cutting, to shaping and finishing, is conducted in house, and Shwood has seen a steady growth in sales every year. Our large equipment arsenal consists of a man-sized band saw, dual drum sander, hydraulic presses, a 60 gallon industrial air compressor, a few massive dust collectors, a tabletop CNC, 5 lasers and a couple of really big shop fans.

At House of Marley, we work with Earth-friendly materials like FSC-certified wood, recycled aluminum and organic cotton. Is using eco-friendly materials important to Shwood?

Yes, using eco-friendly materials is very important to us… The root of our brand is to “Experiment With Nature”, and since 2009 we’ve been producing sunglasses using sustainably harvested wood sourced from local mills in Portland, now stone, and even recycled skateboards and whiskey barrels… The nature around us is translated through each product we develop: the woods we use are all as premium as it gets, and all locally-sourced and sustainably harvested. Each piece we make gathers inspiration from vintage and classic silhouettes, and takes inspiration from the environment where Shwood is located.


In an era where it’s so easy to get a mold and make a million plastic products cheaply, why did you want to take the time to create something that was so hands-on?

Many products are not made how they used to be – so much is developed from plastic now. In our opinion, the way the world operated before plastics carried a sense of quality that’s hard to find today. At Shwood, we all felt that the sunglasses industry was no exception to this opinion, so we did something about that. We have chosen a classic route for the image of our brand, and this is represented in our styles. It’s a good feeling to be able to look at a piece of nature around us, and recycle it into an amazing pair of sunglasses.

What pair are you wearing at the moment? Do you have a personal favorite?

My favorite is the Dark Walnut Belmont Original outfitted with brown polarized lenses. They look good while keeping things subtle.


Teaming together with Shwood, we are giving you a chance to win a pair of Canby wood sunglasses and our Stir It Up on-ear headphones. Head to your Instagram, like and regram the contest photo from our account and be sure to follow and tag @houseofmarley and @shwoodshop. Add #MarleyShwood to your post and you will instantly be entered to win the giveaway. Submissions must be regrammed by the contest’s closing date, June 30. This contest is open to United States citizens only.  

Thanks to our friends at Shwood for getting involved with us on our latest Instagram contest and, more importantly, for staying true to their values. Creating unique goods with Earth-friendly materials is what we are all about and we are excited that other companies, like Shwood, are getting in on the action.


The House Of Marley Rocks The 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show

The House of Marley introduced the world to our newest line of personal audio and lifestyle products this week at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Known as one of the world’s premier electronics events, the Consumer Electronics Show brings out the newest innovations brands have to offer and acted as the perfect launching point for the new House of Marley gear.

“When we started, we made a promise and a commitment to our planet and Marley fans,” Rohan Marley said during Consumer Electronics Show. “Today, we are continuing to work hard to deliver on that promise by creating extraordinary personal audio and lifestyle products that reflect our commitment to a global movement, and expresses our love of music, craft, the planet and people.”


Rohan Marley & Derek Hough of Dancing wih the Stars.

Announcing a new era of wireless technology for our brand, the House of Marley debuted new portable Bluetooth speakers, including the Chant, the Bag of Riddim, the versatile Get Together speaker and the Roots Rock carrying bag. The House of Marley’s home audio system, The Get Up Stand Up, was also given a Bluetooth makeover for the Consumer Electronic Show, while the One Foundation Premium Digital Audio System made a splash with it’s unique four driver design.


Rohan Marley & artist/producer Swizz Beatz.

The House of Marley’s dedication to using eco-friendly materials in every product is represented best in our new over-ear headphones, on-ear headphones and in-ear headphones. The Rise Up over-ear headphones offer aviator style with unique bamboo-fiber ear cushions, while our new Legend in-ear headphones are made with FSC certified wood. New on-ear headphones, including Harambe, Buffalo Soldier, Riddim and Liberate, give consumers the ability to purchase sophisticated audio gear at several different price points.

The House of Marley was proud to finally show our newest product lines at the International Consumer Electronics Show. Check out the video recap below, and stay tuned here for more!

Introducing The New Chant Portable Bluetooth Speakers

Ladies and gentlemen, we’re pleased to introduce the next step in the evolution of the House of Marley: the Chant Bluetooth.

Offering the same carrying ability as the original Chant (thanks to the REWIND carrying bag with carabineer), the House of Marley’s new portable Bluetooth speakers are perfect for traveling. Whether hiking through the woods, biking down a mountain or hanging out at the beach, the Chant keeps your hands free of annoying cords and allows for complete wireless freedom when it comes to your entertainment.

Pumping out the quality sound you deserve, courtesy of a 2” speaker with passive radiator, the Chant portable Bluetooth speakers pack a large punch with a small package. Connecting your wireless device through the House of Marley’s new Bluetooth technology, or plugging in via the traditional auxiliary input, the impressive bass sounds and perfect treble tone will remain the same no matter what. With the House of Marley Chant Bluetooth, there is never a loss in quality.

The House of Marley’s latest version of the Chant portable audio system was also created with sustainable bamboo wood, REWIND fabric, and even recycled packaging.

If you’re looking for the newest technology in portable Bluetooth speakers, and something that is easy on the environment, the new Chant Bluetooth is the best of both worlds.

The Harambe On-Ear Headphones With Mic Embody The House Of Marley Philosophy

The House of Marley’s firm commitment to earth-friendly products is shown proudly with our new on-ear headphones with mic. Employing recycled aluminum and the House of Marley’s patented REWIND fabric, the Harambe on-ear headphones with mic deliver stellar sound without leaving a lasting impact on the environment. REWIND fabric, a House of Marley creation, is made with recycled hemp, organic cotton and recycled water bottles and colored with water-based dye.

As the lightest headset created by the House of Marley so far, these comfortable on-ear headphones weigh less than two pounds and have an airy feel about them. Designed to have a maximum sound in a minimum amount of space, the on-ear headphones with mic are compact, but deliver a distinct, crisp sound courtesy of two 30 mm dynamic drivers.

Throughout the process of building the House of Marley, our brand has remained focused on well-constructed comfortable on-ear headphones, but with the idea that eco-friendly technology and charity work can make a worldly impact.

The Harambe headphones are the culmination of the House of Marley’s beliefs. Pulling together our love of the environment, sustainable technology and our efforts to help 1Love with a portion of sales from every set of on-ear headphones with mic sold, we hope to make a positive impact on the world, one piece at a time.

The House of Marley Debuts Earth-Friendly Watches at Agenda Show

While the House of Marley has become synonymous with Earth-friendly in-ear, on-ear, and over-ear headphones, and portable audio systems, The Agenda Show in Long Beach, California will be the site of an entirely new product unveiling for the brand. January 4 & 5 at the Long Beach Convention Center, the House of Marley will be showcasing our new line of unique Earth-friendly watches.

This innovative new watch line, available for purchase in Spring 2013 from select retailers, includes premium-crafted timepieces that exude the look and feel of nature. Crafted using low impact steel, sustainable wood and recycled dials, the House of Marley will feature three different waves of our two new watches, dubbed the Capsule and the Marital. Each series will boast distinctive styles, additional features and more value per watch.


Showcasing the naturally tanned and salvaged leather for the Marital and Capsule leather series, the House of Marley will offer a look at how the brand has committed to using Earth-friendly material in the production of our products. The canvas version of the watches will utilize our own signature REWIND fabric that is created by blending together organic cotton, reclaimed hemp and the fibers of recycled water bottles.

In addition to the exhibition of the new Marital and Capsule watch lines at the Agenda Show, the recently launched Marley Lively Up and Lively Up Leather bag lines will also be on display. Similarly crafted in an Earth-friendly manner, these bags were created to offer unique bag options for a number of different lifestyles.

Attend the Agenda Show this weekend for a glimpse at the latest from the House of Marley. Witness firsthand how our brand keeps the beliefs and tenets of Bob Marley alive through our Earth-friendly and stylishly designed bags, watches, portable audio systems, in-ear, on-ear, and over-ear headphones.

Rise Up with House of Marley’s Newest Over-Ear Headphones


The House of Marley’s brand new Rise Up over-ear headphones were styled after the classic aviator headset, and created with incredible innovations like bamboo fiber ear cushions, recycled aluminum parts and our signature REWIND fabric. Not only do these comfortable over-ear headphones look great, but the environment didn’t take a hit from their production.

The Rise Up over-ear headphones also feature the House of Marley’s signature precision sound performance. Designed with 50 mm dynamic moving coil drivers, the Rise Ups are comfortable over-ear headphones that kick warm bass and offer beautifully solid mids and highs.

Since creating our very first set of headphones, the House of Marley has been dedicated to releasing stylish, eco-friendly audio products renowned for impactful sound. The Rise Ups aren’t just another product, but rather the next step in the evolution of quality over-ear headphones.

Rise Up over-ear headphones are available now, exclusively on

What To Look For When Choosing In-Ear Headphones

Life is full of tough decisions, but choosing in-ear headphones doesn’t have to be one of them. Each pair of House of Marley in-ear headphones combines superior sound quality, earth-friendly material and killer design aesthetics. Consider this helpful headphone guide the next time you find yourself choosing in-ear headphones.


Using unique FSC certified wood and recycled plastic, House of Marley earbuds are built to last while also ensuring our planet lasts. Our in-ear headphones are influenced by the look and feel of the Earth. Many also incorporate the colors of Jamaica as a style foundation. The bright colors of the Jammin’ collection shine compared to the more earthy tones of the Freedom collection.

Inner Construction

The House of Marley has crafted two different collections of comfortable in-ear headphones delivering unique sound performance. The Freedom series of in-ear headphones offer premium sound courtesy of 9mm moving coil drivers with frequency response of 12Hz to 22kHz. The uniquely colored Jammin’ Series come in at a lower price tag while using similar technology to capture awesome audio quality.


When choosing in-ear headphones from the House of Marley, comfort is unlimited. Each carefully crafted pair of headphones offer snug ear tips that provide noise isolation from the world around you. No more hard buds that hurt your ears after hours of wearing them.

Regardless of which House of Marley earbuds you decide on, rest assured that when choosing between our in-ear headphones, each one pair has one main thing in common: quality.

Design & Win Your Own Custom House of Marley Gear

The House of Marley strives to deliver stylish over-ear headphones and portable audio systems that also utilize eco-friendly, low-impact materials. However, now the House of Marley is putting you in the designer’s chair by offering a new Facebook app that lets you design your own gear. The best part? The House of Marley will be choosing one grand prize winner to receive their design on an actual product!

Simply go to the House of Marley’s Facebook page and click on the Marley tab. You’ll be whisked away to the House of Marley design app. Use stencils to create stylized street art or freehand designs with eight different types of paintbrushes, and 50 different colors.

To enter the House of Marley design contest, pick either a pair of Destiny TTR over-ear headphones or one of our Bag of Rhythm portable audio systems, and start designing on your blank canvas. When complete, simply click the “I’ve finished my design” button. Engage your friends and family in the voting process by having them visit the House of Marley Facebook page to vote for your design.

The House of Marley will be giving away a pair of Destiny TTR over-ear headphones monthly to the best entries in participating countries, including Australia, Canada, Germany, United Kingdom and United States. An overall winner will be chosen from the most elite designs to be made into a real life, tangible product!


Rude Kid Reps House Of Marley In The Studio


Since hitting the big time in 2009, producer and DJ Rude Kid has been perfecting his grimey production sensibilities with his music clique, Alien Musiq. The East London native was pivotal in bringing back instrumental Grime to the UK dance/hip-hop scene, and all the while Rude Kid has had House of Marley headphones by his side. Earlier this month, SB.TV shot an episode of Producers House at Rude Kid’s home, offering some insight into his production process.

With a pair of House of Marley Destiny TTR over-ear headphones in hand, Rude Kid details history in the Grime scene, as he started out with a burnt CD copy of the beat building program FruityLoops. Despite some stumbles that all newcomers must face, Rude Kid has dialed in his production style and continues to make beats in his home studio. Rude Kid starts his song creation process working with his computer, speakers, an Oxygen 8 keyboard and a pair of House of Marley over-ear headphones.

Rude Kid begins by forming a melody and building from there. Stacking more complex instruments on top of this base, he works in horn and synth that sound extremely alien to this world. Ending with simple rhythms, Rude Kid completes his songs with bass sounds and drum loops from his massive computer library of pre-built out studio bits and pieces. The trademark of every Rude Kid song is his sonic stamp of three small words, “Are you ready?”

Continuing to push forward, Rude Kid has developed unearthly sounds with nothing more than a computer, keyboard and a pair of House of Marley over-ear headphones. Check out the video below and get a rare chance to see inside the home studio of a world-class producer.

How To Choose Headphones To Fit Your Lifestyle

The old saying “different strokes for different folks” can apply to just about anything in life. So how to choose headphones that will match your lifestyle? Allow us to offer some insight into the best features of our on-ear headphones, in-ear headphones and over-ear headphones.

Tired of trying to kickflip a five stair and accidentally knocking your headphones off your head? No matter what strenuous activity you do for fun, Marley earbuds are the obvious answer to the question of how to choose headphones. Compact in-ear headphones like the Conquerors will reduce the chance of you losing your headphones while trying to land tricks, and the fabric-covered cord helps prevent a tangled mess. For active, action lifestyles, it doesn’t get any better than Marley earbuds.

If you spend a lot of time listening to music intently, cut off from the rest of the world, House of Marley’s over-ear headphones will cancel out all noise and act as a barrier from the outside. Our Destiny TTR headphones over-ear headphones deliver perfectly crisp treble and booming bass.

The House of Marley’s on-ear headphones are the perfect choice for someone who is looking for a mix of comfort, sound and affordability when considering how to choose headphones for themselves. Built with supreme attention to detail, including the sustainable material used during production, headphones like the Positive Vibration, Redemption Song, Exodus and Revolution provide best-in-class sound and style. Want the best sound for the best price? House of Marley on-ear headphones can’t be beat.

When deciding how to choose headphones to fit your lifestyle best, don’t fret. The House of Marley has on-ear headphones, in-ear headphones and over-ear headphones that will cover all of the bases. Whether you’re looking for comfort, style, price or functionality, there will be a set of House of Marley headphones that will allow you to experience your music the way you like for years to come.