Nothing short of iconic at this point, Ray-Ban has been instrumental in putting sunglasses on the Fashion Map. Their signature Ray-Ban aviator was originally developed in 1936 to protect pilots' eyes while flying and became massively popular during World War II after General Douglas MacArthur appeared in newspaper photos wearing a pair as he landed on the beach in the Philippines.
Two decades later, the brand again created more fashion history with the wayfarer. Designed in 1952, the shape of the Ray-Ban 2140 wayfarer was considered radical and new, a bit dangerous even, according to one design critic. Which is probably why the outlaw Blues Brothers rocked Ray-Ban sunglasses and they have appeared in some of the most style-drenched movies & TV shows, including Miami Vice, two famous breakfasts - The Breakfast Club & Breakfast at Tiffany's - and two-time Ray-Ban Hall of Famer Tom Cruise in both the Wayfarer (his breakout role in Risky Business) & the classic aviator (Top Gun).
- Lesley Scott
[Note: This was written in partnership with Sunglasses Shop. The words are mine.]