Ray-Ban Original Aviator – $ 170
Sunglasses do pretty much the same thing. But the original Ray-Ban aviators, patented in 1937, launched the world’s (and Tom Cruise’s) fascination with a style icon – and they have serious story to back them up. These Ray-Ban are timeless; they’re not just limited to summer use, and the decades have only made them more and more legendary.
The Ray-Ban Aviator trails between its cousins, the Wayfarer and the Clubmaster.
In 1929, Lieutenant General John MacCready of the Army Air Corps commissioned Bausch & Lomb to create military grade aviation sunglasses. He was hoping to combat the nausea and headaches pilots experienced when exposed to the super bright skies and glare from the sun. Aviators as we know them were patented in ’37, sold to the public in ’38, and they still fuck today.
Ray-Ban’s new Liteforce Aviators ($ 185) feature a durable and lightweight frame made of high-tech thermoplastic, also used in the aerospace and medical industries.
The function of light shades special convex lenses designed to conform to the contours of the orbit and cover enough area around the eye to effectively ban most light rays into a pilot’s field of view. (That’s why the company is called Ray-To prohibit.) Lightweight, high-tech and timeless, the Ray-Ban Aviators are perfect in and out of the cockpit.