June
20
2013
By
of Valet.
Old Dog, New Tricks

Shades

of the
Future
 
 

It's hard to improve on a classic. Ray-Ban introduced their legendary Wayfarer sunglasses in 1952. Created by optical designer Raymond Stegeman, the design was a radical shape for the time—a mid-century icon akin to the Eames chair or a Cadillac's tail fins. The shades ended up on the faces of celebrities and civilians alike and went on to become one of the best-selling sunglasses in the world. While the design has evolved slightly over the years, the company has just unveiled a dramatically improved version for the 21st century. While the glasses retain the clean lines and understated details of the originals, the new LiteForce Wayfarers are lighter and more durable than ever. The key to this newfound comfort and strength? An innovative material never before used in eyewear called PK001. The thermoplastic resin makes for frames that are thin and flexible but extremely strong. Which means you get all the DNA of an iconic pair of shades, with extreme comfort and the confidence of knowing that they're not going to crack in your pocket or beach bag.

$185, by Ray-Ban

Smooth micro-fused
metal logo plaque
Slim,
ergonomic
bridge
Thinner,
flexible arms
 
 
 
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    Ray-Ban's first sunglasses were created in 1937 for the US Army Air Corps pilots.
 

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