The Progress of Modern Sunglasses

The Origins and Trend Changes of Sunglasses

In the 19th century, Bausch & Lomb first introduced Ray-Ban aviator sunglasses. These sunglasses with dark green lenses and anti-glare function were quickly favored by U.S. Air Force pilots. Later, Sam Foster began selling similar colored sunglasses in the United States, making sunglasses appear in people's lives as fashion items for the first time. Women who once had to shade themselves from the sun with a fan can now hide their eyes behind a pair of dark sunglasses.
However, sunglasses trends are constantly changing. As can be seen from our current website, there are countless types of aviator styles, cat eyes, circles, ovals, large frames, and square frames. We at DL GLASSES also sincerely hope to cooperate with you. Click here to visit or send an email directly to, we have a professional service team online 24 hours a day.


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Classic style

The popular cat-eye sunglasses in the 1940s were equipped with flip-up lenses; in the 1960s, under the influence of singer John Lennon, round-frame sunglasses became the hottest fashion item; in the 1970s In the 1990s, large-sized round-frame sunglasses were the favorite of fashionistas; from the late 1980s to the early 1990s, the status of round-frame sunglasses was gradually replaced by square-frame sunglasses with dark lenses; in 2000, designers Sell McCartney revived the classic aviator sunglasses and decorated the frames with small rhinestones, which became one of the most popular designs at the time.

Sunglasses have become a fashion necessity these days, but aviator sunglasses have always been the most classic style.

Tell us about the history of Ray-Ban sunglasses

Ray-Ban sunglasses

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Ray-Ban is called Ray-Ban in English.

Ray means glare and Ban means blocking. Blocking the dazzling light is the essence of sunglasses. Ray-Ban produced sunglasses with tilted reflective mirrors for the U.S. Air Force, providing users with maximum vision protection. In fact, for a long time, Ray-Ban has been synonymous with sunglasses that block strong light. Ray-Ban sunglasses were born from the troubles of an American Air Force lieutenant. In 1923, while flying a small plane across the Atlantic, the lieutenant felt deeply troubled by the strong sunlight. After returning to the base, he even had adverse reactions such as nausea, headache, and dizziness. Based on this, in 1930 Bausch & Lomb developed Ray-Ban sunglasses that could absorb the most sunlight, emit the least heat energy, and maintain good and clear vision. In addition to their good protective function, Ray-Ban sunglasses are designed by designers to highlight their rugged and heroic military temperament.

Ray-Ban sunglasses, along with Harley motorcycles and ZIPPO lighters, are symbols of American culture. Ray-Ban is called Ray-Ban in English. Ray means glare and Ban means blocking. Blocking the dazzling light is the essence of sunglasses. In the first half of the 20th century, wearing a pair of Ray-Ban glasses was the style of big names in the entertainment industry, with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn being their die-hard fans. Nowadays, the Ray-Ban brand is frequently exposed in the daily matching of fashionistas. Wayfarer-style white frame, red frame, black frame, tortoise shell... different Ray-Ban sunglasses are worn on the faces of Hollywood stars, paired with formal and casual wear, and appear in various occasions. Sienna Miller, the Olsen sisters, Kirsten Dunst, etc. are all Ray-Ban backbones.

As early as 1835, Dr. John, a German-American, began to engage in the business of importing optical products from Europe in New York. Unexpectedly, not long after the business started, Dr. John almost went bankrupt. Thanks to the help of his good friend Henry Lun, who used his last sixty dollars to finance the company, the company was able to maintain and survive. The company was officially named Bausch & Lomb Company after the surnames of Dr. John and Henry Lun were combined into one. Since then, Bausch & Lomb's business has prospered until it has developed into a well-known brand name company in the United States today.

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One day, a U.S. Air Force lieutenant visited Bausch & Lomb. The air force lieutenant became famous for flying a small plane across the Atlantic in 1923 and had considerable flying experience. During his flight practice, he was deeply troubled by the strong sunlight. After returning to the base, he even had adverse reactions such as nausea, vomiting, and headache. Therefore, he felt that pilots really needed a pair of sunglasses that could absorb a lot of light. Bausch & Lomb began developing sunglasses in accordance with the requirements of the Air Force lieutenant.

In 1930, the world's first pair of green-lensed sunglasses that could protect pilots' eyes were successfully developed. They could prevent glare and ultraviolet rays, and maintain clear and good vision. They were very popular among American pilots and became popular among American pilots. Named "Navigator" by the U.S. Air Force.

In 1937, the company officially introduced this kind of glasses to the market and changed its name to "Ray-Ban". At that time, the American five-star general MacArthur wore Ray-Ban. During World War II, Ray-Ban lenses were set by the government as the standard for sunglasses. This type of sunglasses indeed brought a lot of convenience to the U.S. Air Force in performing combat missions. Some people even called Ray-Ban the allied victory in World War II. One of the heroes. Initially, this newly invented glasses were just goggles for pilots. Later, it was discovered that they could really absorb the most sunlight, emit the least heat energy, and maintain good visual clarity. They were tried out in the military and the results were amazing. Very satisfied, it was gradually promoted in the US military. During the Second World War, American pilots wearing leather jackets often wore a pair of novel and unique sunglasses and traveled to many countries and regions around the world, leaving people with a heroic and chic impression. In today's words, It was very cool and became a popular factor at that time.

In the 1940s, Ray-Ban produced sunglasses with tilted reflective mirrors for the U.S. Air Force, providing users with maximum vision protection. During World War II, American pilots wearing leather jackets and novelty Ray-Ban sunglasses appeared all over the world. Their chic and heroic image greatly enhanced the popularity of Ray-Ban sunglasses around the world. At that time, even the sunglasses often worn by American five-star general MacArthur were also Ray-Ban products. Like ZIPPO lighters, Ray-Ban sunglasses that experienced World War II became one of the symbols of the US military and quickly became popular around the world as a fashion product after the war.

As time goes by, sunglasses have become more and more popular and have gradually transformed from fashion accessories into a must-have for daily life.

In the 1950s, Ray-Ban introduced fashionable sunglasses with multi-colored lenses and large frames to the market, and also launched a series of women's sunglasses.

In the 1960s, Ray-Ban anti-cracking lenses came out, and the style of their sunglasses was rugged and stylish.

In the 1970s, Ray-Ban launched color-changing sunglasses that could provide the wearer with the clearest vision under different lights.

In the mid-1980s, Tom Cruise's classic Ray-Ban aviator sunglasses in "Top Gun" became popular around the world, setting off another wave of Ray-Ban sunglasses craze. Since then, in recognition of Ray-Ban's outstanding contribution to fashion, the American Fashion Association has awarded him a very important design award.

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Ray-Ban has been the best-selling sunglasses brand in the world since its inception.

Supporting this achievement is Ray-Ban's consistent high quality and elegant design. Bausch & Lomb's continuous innovation in optical technology has made high-quality lenses one of the biggest selling points of Ray-Ban sunglasses. Ray-Ban lenses are mainly made of glass, which has a strong light-blocking effect. All lenses can block 100% of harmful ultraviolet rays and filter harmful rays such as infrared rays. The polarizing film technology currently used has greatly reduced the damage of light to the eyes. The design and manufacturing of Ray-Ban frames are also excellent, making them comfortable to wear no matter what the situation.

Over the years, the variety of Ray-Ban sunglasses has continued to grow and form three style series: traditional, modern and futuristic. In addition, according to different consumer targets, Ray-Ban sunglasses are divided into three types: gentleman, lady, and sports: the gentleman type is stable and noble; the lady type is chic and elegant; and the sports type is full of sunshine and dynamic.

Timeless design, simple style and high-quality style have undoubtedly become important elements of the Ray-Ban brand that remain enduring after nearly 70 years.

Post time: Nov-28-2023

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