An international leader in designer sunglasses brands known worldwide for creating some of the best sunglasses on the market today, Ray-Ban has enjoyed a long and colorful history.
The sleek and distinctive Ray-Ban Aviators date back to the 1930s when these polarized sunglasses were specifically
developed as light-weight "eye protection" to help military aviators pilot their aircraft safely and comfortably at higher altitudes under an unforgiving sun. The original Aviator lenses were created using mineral glass, a revolutionary technique for blocking harmful UV rays from the eyes of pilots.
Once the "aviator sunglasses" were made available to the general public, Ray-Ban glasses became a favorite choice of
sunglasses for men. Throughout the 20th century, Ray-Ban Aviators were worn by historic figures such as General Douglas MacArthur, popular musicians such as Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and Freddie Mercury, and film celebrities such as Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, and Sylvester Stallone. The Aviator became a symbol of courage, grit, excitement, and victory.
After World War II, Ray-Ban expanded its artistic horizons with the fun, striking, and sometimes flamboyant cat-eye sunglasses. This playful and elegant style of sunglasses has been worn by fashionable women ever since.