Originally designed for American aviators in the 1930s, the Ray-Ban Aviator sunglasses quickly became one of the most iconic sunglasses designs in the world.
The History of the Ray-Ban Aviator
The story of the Ray-Ban Aviator RB3025 began in 1937. But the myth began 10 years earlier. A member of the American Army Air Corps, Lieutenant John Macready – aviation pioneer and world record holder for altitude and flight time – was about to attempt a new record. His goal? a new altitude record.
But nothing goes as planned and, injured at the eyes because of bad glasses, his attempt fails. Macready will then contact the company Bausch & Lomb – one of the many subcontractors manufacturing frames and lenses for the US Army Air Corps. He orders in 1927 “panoramic and enveloping protective glasses”. The model created meets John Macready’s requirements. This is the so-called Anti-Glare model.
In 1930, this model was complemented by RB3 glass — a green-tinted glass capable of filtering out ultraviolet and infrared lights.
Convinced by the usefulness and performance of these glasses, the US Air Force ordered them for its fighter pilots in 1933, three years before the model is marketed under the name Aviator.
In 1937, Bausch & Lomb then founded Ray-Ban – a manufacturer of sunglasses and eyeglasses, visibly supported by the US Army.
In the aftermath of the Second World War, everything came together for Ray-Ban to become legendary. Because similar to jazz, rock, chewing gum or Zippo — the Ray-Ban Aviator became an essential item to the GIs’ uniforms.
Almost remained the same since their introduction in 1937, Ray-Ban Aviators are perhaps the most iconic sunglasses of all time!
The Rayban Aviator In Culture
True cultural icons, the Rayban Aviator become an element of pop culture. An element so iconic that we find the Rayban Aviator among timeless sunglasses.
With large 62mm G-15 lenses, gold frames and clear temple tips — Ray Bans embody timeless cool.
Just as functional as they are elegant, these glasses perfectly cover the eyes. And their effect does not take long to inspire artists, and Hollywood. Ever since the movie The Wild One starring Marlon Brando in 1951, these same Ray-Ban Aviator sunglasses have become beloved icons of movie stars and celebrities alike.
Adopted by Elvis Presley, from Jim Morrison to Johnny Deep to Robert Redford, Michael Jackson and so many others!
The movie Top Gun starring Tom Cruise in 1986, rekindles the flame a little more. After almost 90 years of existence, the Ray-Ban Aviator remains one of the most popular and iconic accessories in the world. Across the world, from the stands of the French Open to Los Angeles and Tokyo – the Ray Ban Aviators have not finished inspiring fashion!
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