Heralded by our “Fashion With A Cause” rallying cry, Sama Eyewear’s mission is to help style and hope triumph over blandness and despair.
Sama Eyewear was founded by designer Sheila Vance to introduce the world to luxury fashion eyewear and as a means for funding the Sam Vance Foundation, a non-profit organization founded in her son’s memory and whose mission is to prevent drug use amongst teens and young adults, and to help young addicts get on the road to recovery.
The Sam Vance Foundation was established in 1997 by Sheila Vance in memory of her son Sam, who lost his life to heroin experimentation while a nineteen-year-old college freshman at U.C.L.A. Determined to turn her son’s passing into a positive force for change, The Sam Vance Foundation was the motivation behind Sheila Vance’s return to the optical industry and the inspiration behind Sama Eyewear.
Sama Eyewear donates a portion of its annual net profits to the Sam Vance Foundation.