Happy 4th of July everybody! We at American Sunglass hope your day is filled with fun festivities, some fantastic fireworks, and loads of frickin’ freedom! In honor of grand ol’ ‘Murica, we have a list of three iconic frames from a few American companies.
Oakley was established in 1975 by Jim Jannard and located in Foothill Ranch, CA. Jannard started Oakley out of his garage with an initial investment of $300. The company has since become one of the leading product design and sport performance brands in the world. The holder of more than 850 patents, Oakley is also known for its innovative lens technologies. The Oakley Frogskin is one of Oakley’s iconic frames and embodies everything good that represents the 80s.
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Ray-Ban was founded in 1936 in Rochester, NY by the American medical equipment manufacturing company Bausch & Lomb. Ray-Ban has released many iconic frames (wayfarers, aviators) over the years, including the retro inspired clubmaster frame. This iconic frame was made popular in the 1950s and 60s, but has seen success in the 1970s (largely in part to their appearance in the film Moonlighting), 1990s (thanks to Denzel Washington’s role in Malcom X) and can today be seen on a variety of faces.
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Polish immigrants Jan Waszkiewicz and Stanley Zaleski founded Randolph Engineering in 1972 in Randolph, MA (located just outside of Boston) where the company remains to this day. By 1982, Randolph had become the prime contractor for military-style aviation flight glasses for the Navy, Air Force, and Army. All Randolph sunglasses are made in the USA at their factory in Randolph, MA and crafted almost entirely by hand in a detailed 200-step process. The Randolph Aviator is one of their best known frames, and one of the best USA made frames out there.
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