In 1937, Ray-Ban brand was established by American Bausch & Lomb Company. In the 30s, when flying over the sky had become a public industry, most pilots had a lot of complaints over headache and altitude sicknesscaused bysun glare. Therefore, United States Army Air Forces ordered designing specific sunglasses to Bausch & Lomb, manufacturer of medical equipment in New York in order to terminate problems arising from flight. In 1936, the prototype was released entitled as “Anti-Glare” with plastic frames and green lenses which could reduce light intensity without reducing visibility and after altering the prototype, Ray-Ban Aviator was born with metal frame on 7 May 1937.
In 1939, new version of Ray-Ban Aviator named as “Outdoorsman” was designed for the enthusiastic about hunting, shooting and fishing; there were two strips embedded on top of the glasses ”Sweat Strips” which prevented the eyes from falling the sweat drops. In the 40s, the technology of Gradient Lenses was presented by Ray-Ban. Certain covering of these lenses on the top which were able to enhance eye protection and lack of lower coverings for clearer vision of pilot over airplane panels rapidly found global popularity.
In 1952, Ray-Ban released another classical style of its kind entitled as “Ray-Ban Wayfarer” by plastic frames which promptly conquered Hollywood and some artists of the time such as James Dean and some famous musicians such as Bob Dylan would wear it. In fact, one of the most significant points of the products is their consistent companionship with Hollywood stars and bestseller movies, so that Ray-Ban sunglasses have been using in more than 60 movies and TV shows since the 80s; certain movies such as Reservoir Dogs directed by Quentin Tarantino, Tom Cruise stars in Top Gun by Ray-Ban Aviator (the public attention popularized this name), Moonlighting by starring of Bruce Willis and so on.