Earlier, sunglasses were made with the sole purpose of protecting your eyes from the sun, quite literal to its name. However, the concept has undergone a major transformation since then. In the 21st century, sunglasses are multi-purpose accessories which can be used for protection as well as style. With a smart pair of sunglasses, you can look ultra-chic and become quite a cynosure of the surrounding eyes. Moreover, if you get your outfit right, it is an icing on the cake.
Ray-Ban takes care of your eye styles with its range of myriad sunglasses to suit your every mood and look. Ray-Ban is a brand of eyewear established in 1937 by an American company, Bausch & Lomb. The most prominent types of sunglasses which the brand offers are wayfarer and aviator styles. Ray-Ban aviators date back to as early as 1920s with the need for improved technology in airplanes with an urge to fly higher and higher. On a common complaint by the pilots of US Army Air Service that the sun’s rays were affecting their health, it was declared that new aviation glasses would be specially created for them. With constant efforts, a new prototype with metallic frames was born, thus leading to the invention of aviator sunglasses. In 1936, a special type of sunglass known as ‘anti-glare’, made of plastic frames and green lenses, was used by the pilots that could reduce the glare without affecting vision. With the passing of time, more and more new and innovative lenses came into the picture. In 1939, Ray-Ban launched a new version of the aviator called the Outdoorsman. It was designed for people who indulged in specific activities such as hunting, shooting and fishing. The sunglass featured a top bar called a ‘sweat bar’ that was designed to catch sweat from falling into the eyes. Later, gradient lenses were introduced which were tinted on the backside using high vacuum processes. This plastic lens permits thin layers of oxides to stick to the lenses in order to achieve smooth colour transitions from dark to light. The year, 1952 witnessed the launch of wayfarer sunglasses by Ray-Ban which were made of plastic frames. These look stylish and pep up your casual outfit. You can wear them to a beach and style them up with a cool beach wear. Now, you can get a range of sunglasses such as clubmaster, justin and erika to match your style. These sunglasses differ in their shapes and type of lens. Lenses can be in the form of polarised, photochromatic, ambermatic, flash, folding and so on. Polarised lenses block the reflecting light, thus gaining immense prominence in the recent years. Photochromatic glasses are convenient as they solve the hassle of changing from a normal glass to a sunglass when you step out. They are clear while you are indoor and automatically darken when exposed to sunlight. These lenses give you complete protection from harmful UV rays. Still continuing its legacy, Ray-Ban has introduced a range of strong, flexible and light sunglasses which are resilient to extreme conditions. Ray-Ban also offers sunglasses for kids to style them up.
Sunglasses are delicate accessories which need protection too. Keep them safe in their case and clean them with a flannel cloth before use. Do not wash directly with water. Add a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses to your closet and give yourself a ‘look to die for’.
Ray-Ban Aviator Family
Image by Viktor Hertz
Ray-Ban Aviator Family artworks, displayed at the Sunglass Hut store in Covent Garden, London.
Photos by Ray-Ban © 2014