If you have been living under a rock for the last century you probably don’t know about Ray Ban glasses. They are everywhere: in your spam email, in magazines and the media. But there’s more to these glasses than one would expect from a high end brand that seems to be a trend among fashion victims. The fact that they are counterfeit at a large scale also gives us an idea of how famous they are everybody wants to be seen owning a pair at any price.
But Ray Ban glasses actually had a different purpose besides fashion when they were conceived. Their story begins in 1937 when Bausch and Lomb created glasses that would cover the entire human eye and keep aviators from having to deal with light during flights. They were dark glasses with steel frames, very durable and made with big lenses that were slightly convex. The design was created with G15 glass lenses that were transmitting 20% of the incoming light. These glasses did an extremely good job to protect aviators from the sun and their reputation rose among people everywhere when celebrities started to wear them.
The mainstream media became obsessed with the glasses after they were worn by James Dean in Rebel without a Cause. Soon, they were the “bad guy” symbol and were worn by celebrities like: Val Kilmer, Tom Cruise, Ringo Starr or Sylvester Stallone. Their peak lasted for more than 20 years but they became fashionable again in the early 2000s when they started to be worn on TV. Soon another generation would wear the famous Aviator Ray Ban glasses. Since then they have become a sort of classics and can be found in a few lists with undying fashion items to own. But besides their fashionable purpose and the fact that they look extremely well, one thing is for sure: they do a very good job at keeping the sunlight away.
Ray Ban aviator glasses can be combined with almost anything from casual to sports and even elegant attire. For those of you who want to make a statement, these are your typical “bad boy, bad girl” glasses.