In the 1930’s, US Army Air Corps Colonel John A Macready worked with Bausch and Lomb; a medical equipment manufacturing company, to create aviation sunglasses for pilots. With the aim of reducing the distraction of the intense blue and white hues of the sky, a prototype known as the ‘anti-glare’ was created in 1936 and had plastic frames and green lenses that cut out the glare without reducing vision. The glasses were redesigned the following year with metal frames and patented as the Ray Ban Aviator. Through eras of different subcultures, trends and pop culture, Ray Ban have continually reinvented, redesigned and have always stood the test of time. Shop the collection of Ray Ban at Psyche today. We offer a Buy Now, Pay Later scheme with Klarna.
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The journey from military to mainstream for Ray Ban proved to be a huge success. After the second World War, Hollywood had a colossal effect on what people wore. With help from stars like James Dean and Audrey Hepburn, by the 1950’s Ray Ban sunglasses became one of the most instantly recognisable fashion accessories ever. Fast forward to the ‘60s; hipsters, squares, teenyboppers and beatniks alike, Ray Ban were a bona fide classic in every subcultural group. The glasses used kalichrome lenses designed to sharpen detail and minimise haze by filtering out blue light. From the aviator, came the clubmaster; a thicker, more substantial frame along the top of the lens with a thinner frame wrapping around the bottom. With a little help from film star Bruce Willis’ appearance in TV show Moonlight in the mid 80s, the clubmaster browline glasses with tinted lenses became an iconic ‘80s staple. Peruse the collection of Ray Ban at Psyche today. UK and worldwide shipping is available.