Quite possibly the leading brand of premium sunglasses, Ray-Ban’s designs aren’t just popular: they’re iconic. The company was founded in 1937 in order to provide technical sunglasses for pilots: the world’s first “aviator” sunglasses.
In spite of having branched out into fashion over the following decades, Ray-Ban is still known for pioneering the use of advanced materials in its designs. It’s also known for making sunglasses that, on pretty much anybody, just look really cool. Consider one design: the Wayfarer.
First produced in the 1950s, Ray-Ban Wayfarers were one of the first all-plastic sunglasses frames, and enjoyed robust sales during the 1950s and 60s. Members of the emerging rock-and-roll scene loved them: Bob Dylan and John Lennon were both pictured in the glasses.
After a decline, they came back with a vengeance in the 1980s, thanks to canny product placement: squarely on the face of a young Tom Cruise, whose breakout role in Risky Business (1983) made him a star.
Soon the Ray-Ban shades were everywhere: the Blues Brothers preferred them. A revolutionary new pop star called “Madonna” finished off her look with them. And cool characters on TV shows from Miami Vice to Moonlighting made Wayfarers part of their wardrobe. The 1984 hit single “Boys of Summer” even featured the line “you’ve got your hair slicked back and those Wayfarers on, baby”.
More recently, Ray-Ban has kept Wayfarers fresh by expanding the color palette of the frames—you can stick with original black or stick out with a bold red or purple.
Even if the Wayfarers aren’t for you, there are Ray-Ban shades to suit every look, from tough (aviators or Predators) to elegant (the new “Jackie Ohh” frame for women). Here are some ideas from popular culture to get you thinking:
Ray-Ban Sunglasses In Movies and Television:
Celebrities and Public Figures Seen in Ray-Ban Sunglasses: