Ray-Ban was founded in 1937 by German eye wear manufacturers Bausch & Lomb. The first sunglasses were made for aviators in the US Air Force who needed protection from the damaging rays of the sun, but also wanted to look dapper and elegant, as were the airmen of the day.
The sunglasses were named aviators after the men that first wore them, a name that has stuck today to any glasses of a similar style. These were the first glasses that incorporated an anti-glare lens, lightweight material and filtering lenses that stopped UV rays.
Ray-Bans became truly popular during the 1950s. This was the era the iconic Wayfarers were created, a shiny plastic frame which was completely different form the previous metal frames. Wayfarers quickly gained popularity amongst everyone, from movie stars and fashionistas, to the working classes and hippies. Originally designed for men, women soon caught on to the glasses as they suited most faces and looked incredibly elegant and fashionable.
The 1980s was a huge era for Ray-Ban, with every celebrity and musician being seen wearing a pair, and the company’s profits soared. After that, the company saw a decline when wraparound glasses became in vogue in the grunge and rave period of the 90s. The Wayfarers were nearly discontinued, until the 2000s when a retro revival was seen and sales went back up ten fold. This trend has continued, with everybody wanting a pair of Ray-Ban’s. Today, the company is the biggest in the world, for both sunglasses and optical.
The Ray-Ban RX6076 is one of the best selling products in the Ray-Ban Ophthalmic range. Simple in design, this model comprises an extremely thin rectangular metal frame, with slightly thicker arms. Understated, these aren’t your typical bold Ray-Bans, however the Ray-Ban quality is still there. Available in different colours, the most popular is simply ‘brown’ as this is the shade that flatters more people.
Different lenses are available including, but limited to, single vision and varifocals. Different thicknesses are also an option as are coatings for the lenses, all of different effects and amounts.