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Ray Ban

Ray-Ban is an American-Italian brand of luxury sunglasses and eyeglasses created in 1936 by Bausch & Lomb. The brand is known for its Wayfarer and Aviator lines of sunglasses. In 1999, Bausch & Lomb sold the brand to the Italian eyewear conglomerate, Luxottica Group, for a reported US $640 million.

It was the heyday of American aviation - 1929. The test pilots took to the skies higher and higher. It was there, at a height where there are only clouds and the sun, that the pilots faced a new problem. The sun in the literal sense of the word, “blinded” them, and the glasses used at that time fogged up at a height. Visibility due to condensation decreased so much that sometimes pilots landed the plane almost blindly.

These problems prompted the command of the US troops to turn to Bausch & Lomb and order them to create special glasses, the main task of which was to protect the eyes of pilots from sun glare. At the same time, the image should remain clear and without distortion.

Thus began the history of the Ray Ban brand and the appearance of their first aviator glasses.

Classic style aviator glasses

The first Aviators were metal-framed, with slightly domed lenses and green teardrop-shaped lenses.

American male pilots became the happy owners of these models. So about the aviators, who at that time already had popularity in all 50 states of America, they learned outside of it.

There was a need to start mass production. And since 1937, the Aviator has become available to the civilian population.

History of Wayfarer

A revolution in the history of glasses was made by the Wayfarer model. It happened in 1952. Wanderer glasses remain a recognized classic of the Ray Ban brand to this day. Slightly tilted trapezoidal lenses, plastic frames - the new models were radically different from those familiar to many military aviators.

The brand Ray Ban today

It is worth saying a few words about the Italian company Luxottica. This world leader in optics in the late 90s received all the rights to manufacture and sell Ray Ban sunglasses. This operation brought success not only to the company itself but also to the brand.

Modernization takes place along the following lines: classical, modern, and new, including the use of advanced technological processes.


Ray Ban was founded by Phil Beisel.



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History of Ray Ban


November 8, 2010

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