Retrospective – Ray-Ban



In 1936, Bausch & Lomb created a prototype, at the behest of high-altitude pilots, that would change the world of eyewear forever. Many US Army Air Service pilots were reporting that the glare from the sun was giving them headaches and altitude sickness, so a solution was created. The prototype, known as ‘Anti-Glare’, had plastic frames with green lenses that could cut out the sun’s glare without obscuring vision. The plastic frame was changed for a metal construction, rebranded as the ‘Ray-Ban Aviator’, and the Aviator was born.

Ray-Ban kept innovating: next came the ‘Outdoorsman’, designed for hunters, followed by the iconic ‘Wayfarer’ in 1952, and the wrap-around ‘Olympian’ in 1965. New gradiented lenses were introduced, and the G-15 classic green lens colouring became a staple of the brand.

Ever a favourite of the Hollywood elite, Ray-Ban glasses made their way into many films over the decades, including ‘Blue Brothers’, ‘Men in Black’, ‘Goodfellas’, ‘Easy Rider’, ‘Magnum Force’, ‘Rebel without a Cause’; and of course, ‘Top Gun’, which was responsible for reviving the brand in the 1980’s through it’s use of the ‘Aviator’ frames.

Having been worn by such stars as James Dean, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, & Peter Fonda: and even today, being used in the modern ‘Doctor Who’ by Peter Capaldi (Sonic Sunglasses anyone?), and having over eighty years of iconic style behind them; we at EOS are proud to stock Ray-Ban frames, sunglasses and sunspecs, including the ‘Aviator’ & ‘Wayfarer’ frames.

For more information regarding Ray-Ban, why not check out their Facebook page (facebook.com/ray-ban), or visit their website at Ray-Ban.com, and for more information regarding EOS, please visit us in-store at 209 Hatfield Road, or visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/EnhancedOpticalServices