When we think of iconic America we think of hotdogs, baseball games, denim shorts, the wild west, red, white and blue, and for many of us we think of Replica Ray Bans .
Ray-Ban was founded in 1937 by Bausch & Lomb (B&L) as a brand under which to design and manufacture sunglasses which incorporated advanced B&L lens technologies. The initial buyer was the U.S. Army Air Corps, but it was Lieutenant John MacCready who had the idea that would change the face of sunglasses. In 1920, MacCready returned from a balloon flying expedition complaining that the sunlight had done permanent damage to his eyes. He contacted Bausch & Lomb to ask them to use their optical expertise and technology to design sunglasses that would provide complete UV protection while also being stylish and comfortable to wear. On May 7, 1937, B&L took out the patent on the prototype which included “Anti-Glare” lenses and construction of a lightweight frame that weighed only 150 grams. The prototype sunglasses were made of a specially formulated metal alloy frame electroplated with permanently bonded gold along with precision ground and polished mineral glass lenses that filtered out both infrared and ultraviolet rays. Pilots in the Army Air Corps immediately adopted them as did pilots in the other branches of the armed forces. The “Ray-Ban aviator” style became synonymous with Ray-Ban, never more so than when General Douglas MacArthur landed on the beach in the Philippines during World War II and was photographed wearing Ray-Ban aviator sunglasses. Ray-Ban aviator sunglasses featured Bausch & Lomb mineral glass lenses in a shape that covered 2 to 3 times the area of the eye, and they were popular with both traditional ear stems and “paddle” ear pads as well as curved wire “Outdoorsman” or “Shooter” ear stems that looped around the ears and secured the fit in even the most active conditions.
We’re proud to be Ray Ban Sunglasses Wholesale, and a small part of the brands incredible legacy. We are excited to offer our Saltcity Optics customers the full Ray Ban collection in both Ray-Ban sunglasses and Ray-Ban prescription sunglasses. So if your like us and the millions of Americans before us you’ll find your self scouring the collection lusting after the fresh new styles and tried and true staples that are so quintessentially Ray Ban.