Jason Klinge and David D’Agostino’s greatest invention almost never happened. In fact, their entire company wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for a total party foul-turned-Eureka-moment: They were hanging out by the beach, sipping wine, when the base fell off one of the glasses, leaving just the spike of a stem in its place.
Most people would’ve rolled their eyes and hurled it into the nearest trash can. Klinge stuck it into the sand. When the duo saw how well the glass stood up on its own, they realized they were on to something big. They started experimenting with designs, creating an acrylic cup that wouldn’t crack if dropped — and could float, you know, in the event you’re practicing your backstroke while sipping rosé.
Before long, they launched The Beach Glass, selling the cups in two different styles and 11 colors — along with a nautical-themed collection, for any prepsters or wannabe Mr. and Mrs. Howells out there — and the response was “overwhelming,” a representative for the brand said. The first batch sold out in three months flat, and since 2015, the owners estimate they’ve sold hundreds of thousands of glasses worldwide.
“In order to meet demand, we had to bring on a second factory, and we expect this year to be our biggest yet,” the rep said.
However, when the beach day, picnic in the park, or raging soccer practice is over, you might think the glass is useless. It can’t stand up unless you have dirt to stick it in, right? The owners came up with a fix for that too, inventing a clear acrylic stand you can slide the glasses in, so you can keep the party going — without dirtying another set of cups — even if you have to head indoors.
We’re calling it: Swan floats may have reigned supreme in summer ’16; this year’s all about beach wine glasses. You can buy them at The Beach Glass.