The Ray-Ban Wayfarer shares the top spot for the most-sold sunglasses with the Ray-Ban Aviator.
The Wayfarer was first brought to market in 1952 by Ray-Ban. Glasses designer Raymond Stegeman brought about a revolution in the field of metal framed sunglasses with his new designer synthetic frame. The Ray-Ban Wayfarer profited from the advantages of the synthetic frames and created a bridge between the previously standard metal frames made from extra thin metal and the following era of thick plastic frames. The design of the Ray-Ban Wayfarer was radical for the time and the trapezoid form spoke it's own, totally new non-verbal language. The nonconformist design is especially attractice to creative free thinkers.
The Ray-Ban Wayfarer was originally marketed just like Ray-Ban Aviator as sunglasses for pilots. Hollywood starlets helped raise the image of the Wayfarer considerably, despite the fact that the glasses were originally aimed at men. Film stars such as Kim Novak and Marylin Monroe helped make the Wayfarer into a cult object. The Wayfarer was turned into a fashion legend by appearing on the face of film star Miss Audrey Hepburn. Later many other stars such as John Lennon, Bob Dylan, James Dean, John F.Kennedy, Roy Orbison and Andy Warhol were to be seen sporting their own Ray-Ban Wayfarer.
After the heydays of the Wayfarer in the 50s and 60s, their popularity returned and grew in the pop/neo-punk-rock period of the 1980s. Stars like Madonna, Elvis Costello, Morrissey, U2 and Jack Nicholson were fans of the design as well as Anna Wintour, boss of the prestigious American magazine Vogue. Some time later Ray-Ban's Wayfarer offerings expanded to more than 40 models. Ray-Ban had ushered in a new age for sunglasses. Now you can choose from many different colour combinations.
The Wayfarer lost some of it's fame during the 90s and in 2001 the glasses underwent a significant redesign. The frames were slightly reduced and were less angular. The lenses were changed from acetate to a lighter injected plastic. The changes were intended to update the frames' style during a period of unpopularity and to make them easier to wear. These changes seem to have worked, making Ray-Ban Wayfarers more popular today than ever before. With their vintage fever they are still a choice of the stars. Stars such as Chloe Sevigny and Mary-Kate Olsen brought the dusty old frames back to the red carpet and they soon became the "Must have" object of the nation. As of 2007, Wayfarers have been available in Original Wayfarer, New Wayfarer, and Wayfarer Folding styles. Other colours such as pink and turquoise were introduced along with colour combinations such as black and white or red and black. These are now included in the ""Colorize" collection from Ray-Ban.
You can purchase your Ray-Ban Wayfarer glasses in an array of different colours. The Wayfarer can also be bought in our online shop with corrective lenses inserted. All Ray-Ban sunglasses come with a Ray-ban case, Ray-Ban cleaning cloth and manufacturer guidelines.
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