Ray-Ban is a manufacturer of sunglasses, founded in 1937 by Bausch & Lomb. In 1999, Bausch & Lomb sold the brand to the Luxottica Group.
In 1927, after crossing the Atlantic in a balloon, that Lieutenant John MacCready ask the German optician emigrated to the United States to imagine Bausch & Lomb eye "protective wrap and panoramic. RB3 glass, green and filtering ultraviolet and infrared, is created three years later.
The U.S. Air Force command in 1933, a model for its fighter pilots, who took the name of its marketing Aviator in 1936. The Ray-Ban brand, Ray-contraction Banner ("ban the sun"), was launched in 1937, immediately adopted by the U.S. military, like General MacArthur, and movie stars. The Ray-Ban Aviator was marketed from the 1960s, but sales really took off in the 1980s, thanks to American superstar Michael Jackson. The brand is part of typical objects with jeans and chewing gum, which landed in Europe with the IM.
In 1952, Ray-Ban Wayfarer launches, another legendary model of the mark, and still the best selling, popularized by Hollywood actors and actresses and rockstars.
Under the leadership of boss at the time, William Bausch, Ray-Ban enjoys rock and Hollywood to promote its products worldwide, thanks to James Dean, Mick Jagger, Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's, the Lolita Kubrick, Jack Nicholson in Easy Rider, The Blues Brothers, the biker CHiPs, Tom Cruise in Top Gun, agents Men in Black, etc..
In 2006, Ray-Ban has sold 14 million pairs of eyeglasses.
On December 9, 2008, Bowery Ballroom (New York) hosted the concert Ray-Ban Remasters, who presented the sunglasses Rayban Clubmaster, inspired by models of the 50s. The event brought together a large number of bands rock 'n' roll celebrities distribution of Gossip Girl, Blake Lively as Joshua Jackson, Diane Kruger.
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