How Ray-Ban Became The World’s Most Iconic Sunglasses Brand

What do Kate Moss, Blondie and Marilyn Monroe all have in common? They’re all fans of the storied eyewear brand, replica ray ban sunglasses. Responsible for designing iconic styles such as the Aviator, Wayfarer and Clubmaster, the brand has played a starring role in our fashion history for the better part of seven decades.

While replica ray ban sunglasses now has an A-list fanbase, their beginning was much less glamorous. They started out making glasses for pilots in the US army in 1937. Tasked with creating a design that would tackle the glare without reducing vision they created the original aviator shape with a special green lens. The glasses were worn by American Air Force pilots during WW11, and civilians keen to emulate this look then started to wear the style. The design proved popular and the name Ray-Ban derives from the fact that the aim of the accessory if to ban the sun’s rays. Get it?

In the ’50s cheap ray ban sunglasses got the Hollywood stamp of approval thanks to the introduction of the Ray-Ban Wayfarer in 1952. The signature design was worn by both James Dean in 1955’s Rebel Without a Cause and later on by Audrey Hepburn in 1961’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Since then, Ray-Bans have had their fair share of film appearances. Tom Cruise famously wore a pair of Ray-Ban Aviators in Top Gun and Ray-Ban sunglasses were the sartorial star in films such as Risky Business, The Blues Brothers and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

It has not just been Hollywood that has adopted the cheap ray ban sunglasses, with many musical legends throughout the 20th century wearing their eyewear. Everyone from Bob Dylan and Michael Jackson to Blondie and Patti Smith have worn their sunglasses on stage.

The fashion world was an early adopter of Ray-Ban and the appetite for the brand has not waned. Ray-Bans are an essential addition to any off-duty ensemble (they’re a key part of any celeb airport uniform) and Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne and Suki Waterhouse are rarely seen without theirs. Even our very own royals are a fan….

With hundreds of replica ray ban sunglasses styles (and even more colourways) to choose from there’s a pair for everyone. Click through our edit below to find your favourite.