The History of Ray-Ban Sunglasses
Ray-Ban sunglasses have been an american icon ever since 1937, when United States Air-Force pilots adopted the now-infamous Aviator style of sunglasses as their go-to eye protection. Initially crafted as a sleek, yet practical way to protect the sun from the eyes, the Ray-Ban Aviators were made to be especially light, while still being protective of one's eyesight. Original Aviators were crafted with mineral glass, which was revolutionary for filtering harmful ultra-violet rays.
Ray-Ban Aviators officially became a hit when General Douglas MacArthur amongst others was infamously photographed sporting the trendy new sunglasses after landing on a beach in the Philippines during the second world war.
After seeing years of success with the Aviator lens-style, Ray-Ban once again revolutionized the eyeglass industry by introducing the wayfarer. Taking inspiration from Cadillac tailfins, and new plastic-molding technology, the Wayfarers were introduced as a completely new and trendsetting lens-style.
Different from the Aviators in their thick plastic rims, the Ray Ban Wayfarers had an edgier feel to them that has been iconic throughout several eras ever since their initial introduction in 1952. Wayfarer Sunglasses are perhaps most famous for being sported by celebrities ranging from Tom Cruise, Michael Jackson, Jack Nicholson, Katy Perry, and numerous others throughout the decades.
Many other styles of sunglasses have been inspired from both the Aviator, as well as the Wayfarer, and some point to almost all sunglasses as having been inspired by either the Wayfarer or the Aviator.
Discount Contact Lenses currently carries many varieties of Ray-Ban sunglasses, and is proud to celebrate the tradition and history of this high-end eyewear brand. In addition to the Wayfarers and Aviators, Discount Contact Lenses carries wrap, rimless, square, and many other high-fashion sunglass styles in both men's and women's sizes!
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