ray-ban : k5530
product code : k5530 : £ 125
  • 1980's/90's gold (Arista) metal frame marked

  • Original B&L G15 lenses etched w/logo



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  • Bausch & Lomb actually launched their 'Ray-Ban' sunglasses

    with this very design, in 1937 and it is still in production today.

    It was their response to an approach from an aviator in 1936,

    who needed better protection from the sun's rays during flights.

    Here they are in a 1939 US catalogue on sale to the public.

    This is what has become known as the classic Ray-Ban aviator

    and in WW2, B&L were to make their 'anti-glare' sunglasses for

    army and navy pilots, and other military personnel, hence General

    Macarthur wearing them in the Philippines in 1944
    . There were

    variations in specifications of these wartime Ray-Bans and while

    Macarthur wore the gold-fill frames, military issue was plain nickel

    silver. After the war, the style continued to be popular as they

    were practical for all kinds of outdoor activities and recreation,

    boosted no doubt by young US shooting champ, Arthur Cook, who

    won a gold in the 1948 Olympic Games in London and then modelled

    this very style back home in 1949. Since then Ray-Bans have moved

    far from their military origins and after a Walk on the Wild Side,

    Lou Reed was wearing them by 1976 and a slew of celebrities have

    followed in his wake. Now of course B&L no longer make them

    (Luxottica bought Ray-Ban in 1999) but this pair was made by B&L

    in the USA in and around the late 1980's/early nineties, when the

    white Ray-Ban logo appeared on the lenses. This pair looks hardly

    worn, even though it is pushing 30 years old and is in the large

    (62mm) size.

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