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Vintage Sunglasses: Brands, Styles,

Designers, and History

At Vintage Designer Sunglasses, we take pride in really knowing vintage sunglasses. We study the construction, test the lenses, and look for nuances in how major designer styles changed over certain periods of years. We do this both because we need to vet all of the vintage designer sunglasses we sell for period authenticity and because we are passionate about the quality and style of vintage sunglasses. On the pages below, we invite you to learn about the history of some of the major brands of sunglasses during the golden era of the 1960's through the 1990's. We'll share details about the company's history, their design and performance objectives for their sunglasses, and some specifics around the styles and construction that help you to separate fakes and reproductions from the real thing.

 

Ray-Ban Sunglasses: Bausch & Lomb begain making Ray-Ban aviator sunglasses for the US military in the late 1930s, and their legacy of optical excellence and innovation continued for the next 60 years before the company was sold to Luxottica in 1998. B&L Ray-Ban sunglasses include many classics including Ray-Ban aviator, Wayfarer, Kalichrome, Ambermatic, Leathers, Changeables, Diamond Hard, Chromax, Orbs, Rituals, Sidestreet, CATS, and shooter sunglasses. Learn about vintage Ray-Ban sunglasses here, and explore our current inventory of vintage Ray-Ban sunglasses in our photo gallery or in complete listings.

Revo Sunglasses: Revo sunglasses are best known for colorful mirrored lenses and Revo H20 polarized lenses that not only look great but also protect your eyes with optical technology pioneered in the NASA space program. In addition to green Traveler Collection and brown H20 lenses, you'll find rare blue, stealth, purple, green, red, and gold mirror lenses in various styles. Learn about vintage Revo sunglasses here, and explore our current inventory of vintage Revo sunglasses in our photo gallery or in complete listings.

Giorgio Armani Sunglasses: While in later years Giorgio Armani introduced lesser brands, early vintage Giorgio Armani sunglasses exemplified the style and quality you would expect in fine Italian sunglasses. Rich tortoise shell and etched metal frames along with mineral glass lenses distinguish vintage Armani sunglasses. Learn about vintage Armani sunglasses here, and explore our current inventory of vintage Giorgio Armani sunglasses in our photo gallery or in complete listings.

Carrera Sunglasses: In the 1980s, Carrera pioneered oversized sunglasses with a new lightweight lens made of a plastic called optyl, and now oversized styles could be produced without the prohibitive weight of traditional glass lenses. Carrera Porsche Design 5621 and 5623 sunglasses were notable for the introduction of interchangeable lenses, and Carrera PD 5622 sunglasses were the first folding sunglasses ever produced. Learn about Carrera sunglasses here, and explore our current inventory of vintage Carrera sunglasses in our photo gallery or in complete listings.

Vuarnet Sunglasses: The French company Vuarnet has long been known for their ski goggles and sunglasses, and Vuarnet introduced the PX-4000 Skilynx double gradient mirror lenses that are still one of the finest lenses ever made to reduce glare in even the most extreme conditions and arguably the world's finest glacier glasses. Learn about vintage Vuarnet sunglasses here, and explore our current inventory of vintage Vuarnet sunglasses in our photo gallery or in complete listings.

Serengeti Sunglasses: Modern Serengeti sunglasses are of questionable quality, but early vintage Serengeti sunglasses such as the Drivers Series incorporated mineral glass lenses that were made by Corning Optics of Corning Glass fame. Vintage Serengeti sunglasses feature the patented Spectral Control System, an advanced Corning "smart lens" photochromic technology. Learn about vintage Serengeti sunglasses here, and explore our current inventory of vintage Serengeti sunglasses in our photo gallery or in complete listings.

Persol Sunglasses: Persol is an Italian eyewear company famous for pilot and sports sunglasses known for their Meflecto frames worn by many celebrities and the famous Persol Ratti factory in Turin. Learn about vintage Persol sunglasses here, and explore our current inventory of vintage Persol Ratti sunglasses in our photo gallery or in complete listings.

Oakley Sunglasses: Oakley introduced the concept of high performance sports sunglasses in a wrap style with the Oakley Juliet X metal sunglasses, building upon their earlier success with Oakley Frogskins reminiscent of the style of vintage Ray-Ban Wayfarers but with an Oakley flair. Learn about vintage Oakley sunglasses here, and explore our current inventory of vintage Oakley sunglasses in our photo gallery or in complete listings.

Versace Sunglasses: Versace sunglasses set a new standard for top quality Italian sunglasses for men and women with designs by founder Gianni Versace in the 1980s and 1990s, the choice of many well known TV, move, and music industry celebrities. See our entire collection of vintage Versace sunglasses in our photo gallery or in complete listings.

1950's Cat's Eye Sunglasses: Fashionable in the mid 20th centure and enduring today for the ultimate in a retro look, vintage B&L, B&L Ray-Ban, and French cat's eye sunglasses from this period were often studded with rhinestones, decorated with enamel, and have a very distinctive retro look of cat eye. See our entire collection of vintage 1950s and 1960s Bausch & Lomb Ray-Ban and French cat's eye sunglasses in our photo gallery or in complete listings.

Alpina Sunglasses: Alpina is famous for their ski and sports sunglasses crafted with fine German engineering, and over the years they have produced some iconic vintage sunglasses such as the Alpina M1, M3, and Alpina glacier glasses. Please explore our current inventory of vintage Alpina sunglasses.

Cazal Sunglasses: Chief Cazal designer Cari Zalloni is known for some of the most outrageous styles of sunglasses every produced, attracting pioneers from the early days of rap and Hip Hop plus others who want to stand out from the crowd yet have fine Italian quality in their sunglasses. Learn about vintage Cazal sunglasses here, and explore our current inventory of vintage Cazal sunglasses.

Bolle Sunglasses: Bolle sunglasses pioneered many innovations to handle glare in extreme ski conditions such as their clear Acrylex frames and Spectra Acrylex mirrored lenses. Please explore our current inventory of vintage Bolle sunglasses.

Other Antique & Vintage Sunglasses: In addition to our other brands, you'll also find select styles by Bausch & Lomb, Gargoyles, Bolle, Vera Wang, and Oliver Peoples as well as early to mid 20th century steampunk and motorcycle goggles. See our entire collection of other vintage designer sunglasses and goggles with complete descriptions in our listing gallery.

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