History of Ray Ban Eyewear
Ray Ban has been making high-quality eyeglasses, sunglasses, and frames since 1936. However, their origin story starts a few years prior to the release of their first official pair of sunglasses.
In 1929, the US Army commissioned Bausch & Lomb, which at the time was a medical equipment manufacturer, to create an aviation-style of sunglasses for the military. They wanted a specific design that would reduce blue and white hues in the sky for their pilots.
The first known prototype was called the ‘Anti-Glare’ which had plastic frames and green lenses. When the sunglasses were redesigned with a metal frame, they were released as Ray Ban Aviators and have become an established icon in history.
Ray Ban Is For Men And Women
Ray Ban is a unique brand because they boast that their eyewear is unisex. This includes all their popular models are a great fit for both men and women. However, the biggest difference between men’s and women’s Ray Bans is the arms and bridge, the piece that sits over the nose. Typically, men’s eyeglasses have longer temples than women because men have wider faces.
Ray Ban Prescription Sunglasses
Ray Ban prescription sunglasses offer an exciting collection of polarized lenses to protect against UV rays. You can also get custom prescription lenses fitted for your Ray Ban sunglasses.
When choosing a pair of prescription sunglasses, it all comes down to form and function. With Ray Ban sunglasses, you’ll find frames made with metal or plastic as well as a variety of colors to suit your lifestyle, preference, and vision needs.
Browse all the classic styles like the Ray Ban Wayfarer, Ray Ban Aviators, Ray Ban Clubmaster and more.
Ray Ban Quality
For those who have worn Ray-Ban, and nearly everyone has, Ray-Ban eyewear offers the same benchmarks of quality. Ray-Bans have the style, materials, craftsmanship, and comfort that we all have come to expect. You will find a choice of materials in traditional shapes, full frame and half frame, oval and rectangular. With Ray Ban glasses you cannot go wrong.
The Ray Ban glasses line is relatively new, compared to the Ray Ban Sunglasses collection, having been introduced in the last 10 years. Most of the eyeglasses line follows the same classic lines as the sunglasses collection, with Wayfarer, Ronsir, and even Aviator styles.
The Ray Ban eyeglasses collection includes a variety of styles, and is equally split between plastics and metals. In the plastics, most frames are styled in variations of rectangles, some with softer corners and some with sharper corners. For the most part, the available colors in each model begin with a black or black/crystal, and a dark tortoise; from there the line diverges into various bright colors, solid or translucent, with the occasional rubber finish.
The most classic style of all time is the Ray Ban Wayfarer which is still available in seven colors. But in pure popularity, the more popular variation of that classic is the New Wayfarer which has at least 12 different colors. In a nod to the classic theme which is all the rage, Ray Ban added some more round shapes, such as the RX2180 which is a beautifully-shaped panto “almost” round in classic zyl, and the RX3447V which our personal favorite – the similar panto shape but made in metal.
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. Luxottica’s vision for the brand has dramatically increased the breadth of the line. In 2003 they added the eyeglasses line, followed by the children’s line (mostly for young adults 8-12 years), and this has been our most popular youth line by far due to the impact protection and style that all the kids love.