Ray-Ban (sunglasses)

Ray-Ban logo
Ray-Ban logo
Name: "Ray-Ban Aviator"

Category: Fashion

Subcategory: Sunglasses

First producer: Bausch & Lomb (founded in 1853 by John Jacob Bausch and Henry Lomb)

Prototype made in: 1936

Production start: 1937Rochester, New York, USA

First price: 6.00 USD in 1939

Features: The prototype, known as "Anti-Glare", had plastic frames and green lenses that could cut out the glare without obscuring vision. It was remodeled with a metal frame the following year and rebranded as the "Ray-Ban Aviator".

Interesting facts: The history of the Ray-Ban Aviator dates back to the 1930s, when many US Army Air Service pilots were reporting that the glare from the sun was giving them headaches and altitude sickness. In 1929, US Army Air Corps Lieutenant General John MacCready asked Bausch & Lomb, a Rochester, New York-based medical equipment manufacturer, to create aviation sunglasses that would reduce the headaches and nausea experienced by pilots, which are caused by the intense blue and white hues of the skyA new kind of glasses were introduced; on May 7, 1937, Bausch & Lomb took out the patent, and the Aviator was born.

Slogan (1938): «Champions and Leaders wear Ray-Ban Anti-Glare»

Property: Bausch & Lomb - Luxottica

Official website: http://www.ray-ban.com

The first model of Ray-Ban sunglasses
"Ray-Ban Aviator", the first model of Ray-Ban sunglasses

Douglas Mac Arthur
Douglas Mac Arthur (Jan. 26, 1880 - Apr. 5, 1964), the US Army Air Corps Lieutenant General who asked the creation of Ray-Ban sunglasses

The first Ray-Ban advertising
First Ray-Ban advertisement (1938)

Ray-Ban advertising
Ray-Ban advertisement (September 1939)

Ray-Ban advertising in catalog
Ray-Ban advertisementon ("Von Lengerke & Antoine" spring and summer catalog, 1939)

Ray-Ban RB 8301
Ray-Ban Aviator, an advanced model (2009, model: RB 8301 Green Classic G-15 - «This model reinterprets the iconic teardrop Aviator style. The carbon fibre temples are combined with the bold shape of the metal front with a double bridge, for a strong, decisive personality» - Luxottica)