There aren’t many sunglass brands that have reached iconic status, yet Ray Ban has undoubtedly achieved this well-earned title. The label has enjoyed extreme highs and lows over the past 70 years and despite the lows, Ray Ban is here to stay. Very few sunglass brands have defined generations and inspired hundreds of similar designs and imitations. Amazingly given their popularity and rich heritage of celebrity endorsement throughout the Fifties, Sixties, Eighties and Noughties, Ray Ban spent long periods of time in the wilderness until their popularity surged once again.
Ray Ban sunglasses have graced movie icons such as James Dean and Audrey Hepburn, Eighties stars John Belushi and Tom Cruise and present day hipsters like Kate Moss and Lily Allen at one time or another. Of course it’s no surprise that the classic ‘Wayfarer’ has been worn more times by celebrity fans than any other model the label have produced. Popularised by films like ‘Breakfast at Tiffanys’, ‘The Blues Brothers’ and ‘Risky Business’ the ‘Wayfarer’ has enjoyed incredible success due to its simple design and sharp look.
The slightly nerdier looking ‘Clubmaster’, worn by Twilight star Robert Pattinson and the very stylish German actress Diane Kruger, has a smaller fan base but is still a classic design and affords the wearer a distinctly hip look.
The ever popular Ray Ban ‘Aviator’ design has been hugely imitated over the years and was Ray Ban’s initial creation back in 1929. Designed with special anti-glare lenses for use by pilots in the US Air force, the ‘Aviator’ model is both practical and effortlessly cool. Perhaps the most versatile of all the Ray Ban designs the ‘Aviator’ style suits men and women of all ages and can be worn both casually or formally.
Ray Ban is not only limited to these 3 styles. The brand have produced an incredible range of sunglasses over the years and you will find many of the styles on these Shade Station pages. Without a doubt Ray Ban has earned it’s icon status and we look forward to many more years of show-stopping Ray Ban designs!
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Ray Ban is an all American brand that completely depicts the essence of American trend. The look of the range of sunglasses is classic yet fresh, and chic but fun. Originally designed in 1937, Ray Ban sunglasses were intended solely for the purpose of protecting the eyes of those in the military forces. They soon became quite the fashion accessory however, especially during the Second World War.
Ray Ban sunglasses are all about attitude yet are one of the most functional brands available by providing the ultimate in eye protection. In the earlier days, they became particularly popular following being featured in a selection of Hollywood films. Indeed, we may remember the likes of Will Smith sporting them in ‘Men in Black’ and Dan Aykroyd in the hit movie ‘The Blues Brothers’ but the glasses were actually also seen in early classics such ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ in 1961. Tom Cruise was partly responsible for making Ray Bans popular with the younger market after wearing them in his first movie ‘Risky Business’.
The Wayfarers are one of the most recent and renowned styles but Ray Ban aviators and the classic wire styles are also immensely cool and chic and have a rather effortless retro look. The most recent fashion forward public figure to be seen wearing the brand as none other than the ultra trendy Barack Obama. The Jonas Brothers are also fans.
Ray Ban is a unisex brand – they really do look fantastic on both males and females. With such a distinct history and so many styles and colours to choose from today, Ray Ban certainly has a long and fashionable life ahead!
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