Our Story

CalOptix was founded as California Optical in 1935 as a manufacturer of premium eyewear cases. We have a rich history with origins that started well before 1935 but our design and production of leather cases for Rayban aviator eyewear (for WWII) provided the foundation for who we are today. Today we are the #1 eyewear cases company in the US market while expanding our expertise and investment to build unique consumer brands and innovative products with a leadership position in optical & sunglass cases, optical & sunglass cleaners and over the counter readers & sunglass readers eyewear. Our innovative brands now include BILT eyewear cases, SOLARA sunglass readers, JET readers, ALLO readers, and PEEPS eyewear cleaner.

Based in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, where we were founded over 80 years ago, CalOptix has broad-based distribution with thousands of optical retailers and mass channel customers throughout the US market. Our commitment to quality & service includes our focus on ensuring ANSI, CPSIA and Prop 65 compliant products.

Our mission is based on building a unique portfolio of leading brands & innovative products in the optical accessories and over the counter eyewear market that our customers love!

CalOptix was acquired by Pan Oceanic Eyewear in January 2019. About Pan Oceanic: Founded in 1969, Pan Oceanic began as a boutique eyewear operation servicing small, independent accounts. Nearly 50 years later, Pan Oceanic Group has evolved into an industry-leading accessories company, servicing over 30,000 points-of-sale and counting the largest global retailers and consumer brands as partners. In addition to our industry leading sunglasses, Pan Oceanic manufactures fashion handbags, scarves, and private label eyewear under the Basha, La Regale, and EyeSquared brands. For more info –