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Ray-Ban was founded in 1937 by the American Company Bausch & Lomb, and is best known for its Wayfarer and Aviator styles of sunglasses. The sunglasses were developed in response to a request from the US military because pilots were reporting headaches and altitude sickness due to the intense blue and white hues of the sky. As a result, anti-reflective coatings were invented with green lenses to cut the glare without obscuring the vision.

Next Ray-Ban redeveloped its lenses and frames for the benefit of sporting enthusiasts, thus creating the Outdoorsman. This was followed by the Wayfarer, made famous by James Dean in the 1955 movie “Rebel Without A Cause”. This was later followed by the “wrap style” – the Olympian I and II – which were worn by Peter Fonda in “Easy Rider”. Then came the Balorama, worn by Clint Eastwood in “Magnum Force”. The credits continued in the iconic movies “The Blues Brothers” (Jim Belushi and Dan Akroyd), “Risky Business” (Tom Cruise), and “Top Gun” (Tom Cruise).

The brand was purchased in 1999 by the largest eyewear manufacturer in the world – Luxottica.