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.
The Persol collection is an iconic collaboration of glasses and sunglasses that have been designed and handcrafted in Italy. The Person collection is a luxury Italian eyewear brand that boasts excellt quality and a wealth of design experience. Persol meaning 'for sun' offers a range that are timeless classics and are trend setters. Persol is founded in 1917 by Giuseppe Ratti, and has steadily become an iconic name in the world of sunglasses with a slew of A-list celebrities ranging from Steve McQueen and Muhammad Ali to Jay Z and Ryan Gosling, securing the brand a reputation for quality and unparalleled style. Every pair of Persol glasses, with an exquisitely stylised look at the traditional methods and techniques used to create the silhouettes that have stood the test of time.
In 1978 the European luxury and lifestyle brand Porsche Design created a unique eyewear style icon. As the first Porsche design spectacles ever, it set a milestone not only in the area of the design, but also the revolutionary interchangeable lens design.Hardly any other sunglasses have caught the spirit of the times to such a degree, and they are still a must have and beloved accessory of international celebrities all over the world. Come to Eyeballs to check out these true icons!
Philippe Starck is a well known French designer. Together with Alain Mikli, Philippe Starck have worked together to make the world's most advanced, durable, and timeless frames. Philippe Starck describes his eyewear collection as 'timeless timeless', noting how it is one of the world's only eyewear brands that does not rely on a logo to sell. They are remarkable because of their design - especially the unique, 360 degree, multi-directional hinge, called Biolink. Drop into Eyeballs to check out the latest sunglasses and eyewear from Philippe Starck.