Find out more about Ray-Ban
It’s very fitting that Ray-Ban glasses rose to fame with Top Gun. That’s because the brand was created to design sunglasses for pilots – and those Aviators were their first ever model.
The origin of Ray-Ban
In the 1930s, American Air Force pilots were struggling to cope with bright sunlight at altitude. Many reported headaches and Bausch & Lomb, manufacturers of medical equipment, were asked to offer a solution.
In 1937 they came up with a brand new design of sunglasses for pilots: the Aviator. These glasses eliminated sun glare without hindering vision. They ‘banned’ the sun’s ‘rays’, leading to the new brand name: Ray-Ban.
Following from those original sunglasses, Ray-Ban continued to specialise in eyewear for pilots. In the 1940s, they designed mirrored gradient lenses. These offered great protection at the top of the lens when the pilot looked ahead, but allowed a clear view of the controls below.
1952 saw the release of Ray-Ban’s other iconic design: the Wayfarer. Soon after, Ray-Ban sunglasses were noticed by Hollywood. Of course, Tom Cruise famously wore those Aviators in Top Gun but you’ll spot the brand in many other films, too.
Today, Ray-Ban’s Aviators, Wayfarers and their other classic designs are as popular as ever. However, the brand also offer a range of other designs to suit every taste. Whether you prefer the vintage look or something sleek and modern, you’ll love what Ray-Ban have to offer.
Our top picks
To continue the Top Gun-niversary celebrations, we’ve chosen this modern take on the classic Aviator style. These funky mirror lenses are available in three different colours. Check them out!
RAY BAN RB3025 9019C2
RAY BAN RB3025 AVIATOR LARGE METAL 9018C3
RAY BAN RB3025 AVIATOR LARGE METAL 9020C4
Tom Cruise picture credit: Paramount Pictures via IMDB