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Hello all, I'm in the market for some new sunglasses after the lenses on both pairs of my polarized Ray-Bans have cracked. I work/live in Bermuda and work a lot on boats, diving a lot and so need some sturdy polarized glasses. The thing is, there's something that just bothers me about the fact that Luxottica owns practically everything. I enjoyed my Ray Bans, and I really like the look of Persols. Yeah, they're quality glasses, but I'd just like something not technically owned by such a giant company. I'm sure I'm not alone in this. I still might get some Persols if it comes down to it, but I was just wondering if any of you knew off the top of your head some good brands that Luxottica doesn't have control of. I think they even own Maui Jim now. I did some googling, but couldn't find a whole lot out. Thank you! - Andrew
post #2 of 71
Trade one giant company for another?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Safilo#Brands
post #3 of 71
Randolph Engineering has some nice classic aviation-inspired frames. Made & designed in the USA.
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i have a question: what sunglasses actually give you quality for the money/
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I think costco?
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Mykita Derome Berrener Orgreen Dita 999.9 Facial Index Salt Reiz
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weird request e: could you expand on why exactly this bothers you?
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AFAIK Maui Jim is still independent. They have particularly good lenses
post #9 of 71
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Originally Posted by GSaavedra View Post
Randolph Engineering has some nice classic aviation-inspired frames. Made & designed in the USA.

Yep. Same goes for American Optical.

Both are made in the USA; super affordable (~$30-60); and have a variety of frame colors, lens colors, lens materials, etc.

The problem with these brands is that neither has a decent website where you can view all the configurations. For example, if you want some American Optical original aviators with, say, gold frames and amber lenses, you can't see them unless you order them.
post #10 of 71
Mykita was mentioned above. They're good, I like them.
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Maui Jim Oliver Peoples Super Mosley Tribes
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Oliver peoples and mosly tribes are owned by luxotica
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Oliver peoples and mosly tribes are owned by luxotica

yeah i just finished double checking, what a shame.
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Serengeti (who also make very nice lenses)
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