Few sunglasses have made their mark such as Ray-Ban’s iconic Aviators, a la Tom Cruise in Top Gun.As technology pushed pilots to new heights, airmen reported having headaches and altitude sickness from the glare of the sky.Ray Bans Sunglasses For Men.To address this issue, US Army Air Corps Lieutenant General John Macready commissioned Bausch & Lomb to design a new pair of sunglasses in A prototype designed with green lenses proved to remove glare without obscuring the pilot’s vision.Ray Ban Sunglasses.The new antiglare eyewear “banned” the distracting rays from US aviators’ eyes, giving way to the name “Ray-Ban.”In World War II, Ray-Ban continued to improve their original lenses by equipping them with a gradient effect.
With a dark half on top, and a gradually lighter half on the bottom, this colorized effect gave the pilots a clearer view of their instrument panels without compromising their effectiveness. Eager to emulate pilots, civilians were able to buy and sport the eyewear in 1937.Fake Ray Bans.It should also be noted that General Douglas MacArthur was the first to truly popularize the shades, after photojournalists published several images of him landing on a beach in the Philippines in 1944.If you purchase a single pair of sunglasses to complete your wardrobe, chances are pretty good that you’re considering a pair from Ray-Ban, one of the most popular and influential brands of eyewear.Discount Ray Bans. And if you think of any popular style of sunglasses, chances are also good that you’re picturing a style that was developed by Ray-Ban.
Ray-Ban got its start in the 1930s, when U.S. Air Force pilots needed sunglasses to reduce glare (and prevent headaches and altitude sickness).Ray Bans On Sale. American lens manufacturer Bausch & Lomb was asked for a pair of sunglasses that would reduce the glare at high altitudes, and in 1936 introduced a green lens that cut the glare without obscuring pilots’ vision.Ray Ban Sunglasses Sale. According to the history of Ray-Ban by Luxottica (which acquired the Bausch & Lomb frames business in 1999), the prototype featured a plastic frame in the now-classic aviator shape, which followed the contour of the eye socket to reduce light exposure.When the glasses were introduced to the public in 1937, they featured a metal frame and were branded the Ray-Ban Aviator.
In 1938, Bausch & Lomb launched a variation on the style, called the Ray-Ban Shooter, with the now-iconic “cigarette-holder” middle circle. Ray-Ban continued to expand its catalog of styles and lenses, and while they were designed for military use, the original Aviator and WWII-era innovations that followed — like the gradient mirror lens in the 1940s — became popular among civilians as military-issue clothing and accessories influenced fashion.Cheap Ray Bans. Aviators are still a popular choice today, and we’re partial to the gold and green colorway of the original aviator.In the wake of World War II, Hollywood had an increasingly powerful impact on what people wore.Cheap Ray Ban Sungalsses. The Ray-Ban Wayfarer model was introduced in 1952, and after James Dean wore the new style in 1955’s Rebel Without a Cause, the Wayfarer became one of the most recognizable accessories.
The style, which was designed by Bausch & Lomb’s Raymond Stegeman, was groundbreaking in both its shape and its method of manufacture, according to JackThreads. Wayfarers were made from molded plastic, instead of metal, which made bolder and brighter frames possible.By 1969, the Ray-Ban catalog had expanded to 50 different styles, and celebrities and stars of all stripes continued to wear them.Ray Ban Sale. Bob Dylan, for instance, was rarely seen without his Wayfarers. In the 1980s, Ray-Bans continued to feature prominently in movies, like 1980’s The Blues Brothers and 1983’s Risky Business for the Wayfarer (and 1986’s Top Gun for the Aviator).Ray Ban Outlet. Michael Jackson wore Wayfarers for his Bad tour from 1987 to 1989, which became the highest-attended tour in history. While Ray-Ban has introduced a “new Wayfarer” silhouette, we still recommend the classic Wayfarer in black and green.