Ray-Ban, started making sunglasses back in 1936 for the American Armed Forces after a test pilot suffered from eye damage from the sun after a balloon test flight, Ray-Ban took up the request and designed a classic looking pair of sunglasses that exceeded all the standards required, yet looked attractive, and the Aviator was born. The following year the Aviator sunglass design was patented and the Ray-Ban brand was officially born.
Ray-Ban went full steam ahead when all pilots started adopting the Aviator, then came the second world War and General McArthur was photographed on a beach in the Philippines wearing the now legendary Aviator glasses, all the armed forces soon adopted these new glasses, as did the police force and the other emergency services.
The Navy then asked for a special kind of lens to be developed for them and the N15 lens was born, then came the now standard G15 lens, Ray-Ban have innovated for the past 75 years and it shows no sign of stopping any time soon.?We all know the legendary Gradient mirrored lens, it was designed to reflect the sun at the top half and allow the pilot to see the controls if he looked down, with its cameo in Topgun and worn by Tom Cruise, the Aviator had sealed its place in the history books.?
A few years later the Outdoorsmen was designed and was taken up by the Outdoors type, it was mainly used in hunting & fishing, every market was dominated by Ray-Ban and this market dominance propelled Ray-Ban to new heights.
Ray-Ban Aviator was born, then came its sibling the mighty Wayfarer.
Breakfast in Tiffany’s and Audrey Hepburn immortalized the Wayfarer, the Wayfarer wasn’t born until 1952 but this time delay didn’t stop the Wayfarer from being adopted by movie stars as the sunglass of choice. The important thing to remember about the Ray-Ban brand is that the quality is the best in the world, that’s why the brand became the market leader, coupled with the great styling and every changing colour palette found on the Wayfarer.