The origins of Ray-bans was founded in 1937 by Baush&Lomb for the US Army after Lieutenant John MacCready returned from a balloon flying adventure and complained that the sun had damaged his eyes. He asked Baush&Lomb, a well established optical company to create a sunglass that would provide protection and also look elegant. Pilots in the United States Army immediately adopted the sunglasses. The Ray-Ban Aviator became world famous when General Douglas MacArthur was pictured wearing them in footage of WWII. In recent years the Ray-Ban wayfarer has become the sunglass of choice for celeb starlets and fashion bloggers world wide. The frames are light, strong, flexible and extremely comfortable for the wearer. They are produced with a monoblock hinge which does not include welding in the front of the frames making the frames less likely to break due to opening and closing. G15 lenses transmit the colour equally by retaining their true values resulting in greater clarity and visual comfort for the wearer.