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Ray-Ban: Trite or Classic?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by JJGooden, Feb 16, 2012.

  1. JJGooden

    JJGooden Well-Known Member

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    We're not too far away from sunglasses season (at least here in California). I was wondering if there's any SF consensus on Ray-Ban. Are they considered too mainstream and undifferentiated or classic and always in style? I have heard of some anti-Ray Ban guys preferring Randolph Engineering aviators, among others.
     
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    Ray-ban is a company. Some of their sunglasses are classic. Others leave something to be desired.
     
  4. JJGooden

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    Well, if you want to be a technical snark, Ray-Ban is not a company, it's a brand owned by Luxottica. And yes, obviously there's variety in their sunglasses. I was looking for a general conclusion about the brand, taking their whole line into consideration.
     
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    motosacto Well-Known Member

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    Ray-Ban was owned by Bausch and Lomb and sold to Luxottica in 1999. They originated (or popularized) many iconic eyeglass frames, including Aviators, Wayfarers (probably what the original poster meant by "Ray-Bans"), Clubmasters ("Malcolm X glasses"), and Baloramas (wrap-arounds worn by Clint Eastwood in the original Dirty Harry).

    The modern Luxottica versions of several frames (e.g., Wayfarers) now have a gaudy script "Ray Ban" logo on the temple. Other than that, I would call them classics.

    Paddle-temple square aviators are military-specification glasses designed to fit under flight helmets. Randolph Engineering, American Optical, and other companies make them.
     
  6. JJGooden

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    Interesting point about the script on the temple. Perhaps this is the source of the small "ray-ban rebellion". Thanks for the context, moto.
     
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    I admire Ray Bans because the brand popularised classic styles - there is merit however in quality manufacture - which Luxottica generally falls short of, and by the sounds of it - Randolph Engineering and American Optical meet.
     
  8. Digmenow

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    I am seriously considering copping these Bausch and Lomb 62014 Aviators from a local pawn shop. They are in excellent condition w/case needing only some minor cleaning and adjustment. The current 'deal' price is $70. I just can't pull the trigger.

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  9. gegarrenton

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    Ray Ban's are a classic brand. I would vouch for the quality of the Luxottica manufactured ones as well, at least the Wayfarers and Aviators, mine have been fine. There's no reason to put one brand in front of the other though, good glasses could be had across the spectrum of styles. Anyone who is bagging on RayBans because they are "mainstream" is just the typical "Look how awesome I am because I am different" type, which honestly is more common than just buying what you like in the first place.

    FWIW, my other glasses are Oakley Juliets which are absolutely awesome performance wise. I went through a phase of thinking Oakleys were lame for being mainstream in the late 90's until I realized how ridiculous that notion is.

    Cheers
     
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    I don't wear them due to the visable logo as I tent to not wear anything with visable logo (although I do own a pair of Maui Jims that I use as backup).
     
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    They're a bit overplayed. Or way overplayed, but they look GREAT.

    If you want another brand to be different go Tom Ford or Oliver Peoples, everything else is trying too hard.
     
  12. Bonggoy

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    This question is akin to asking a consensus on Coca Cola. Some will like them, some won't. The only opinion that matters is your own.

    To answer your question, Yes they are classics. They popularized the two most iconic sunglasses; Aviator and Wayfarer. My older siblings always had Raybans. I have a Persol and RE.
     
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  13. VelvetGreen

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    Persol is try-hard?
     
  14. gegarrenton

    gegarrenton Well-Known Member

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    Exactly
     
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    IMO something seems just a little "off"...maybe the temples are a little low on the side of the lens frame?
     
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    All metal frames are a bit "off." Also, all metal frame sunglasses will eventually be sat upon, just like all sunglasses with plastic lenses will get scratched.

    This doesn't matter of course since all sunglasses are made by Luxottica. They all come from the same place.

    And even Randolph now brands their sunglasses, though you can scrape it off with an exacto. Of course you will end up sitting on them shortly after you realize this.

    Giving up on sunglasses prompted me to give up on contacts. Prescription glasses with quality frames (prodesign, japanese brands, Persol, etc) and transitions lenses are essentially loss-proof sunglasses.
     
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    I think they may be a little big for your face, Dig. Also, in my opinion, the gold-tone frames aren't as good a color choice for you as would be black plastic or silver metal.
     
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    I wear wayfarers every day IMO they never go in or out & are a stand by. .I also dig oliver peoples
     
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    And Barton Perreira?

    My main issue with Ray-Bans is the logo on the lens
     
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    For those who like Ray Bans but don't like the lens logo, there was a long thread posted on here some time ago where several people had had success in removing the logo with a copper penny without damaging the glass lens. it won't help with the plastic tag on the hinge of Wayfarers but will work on aviators, clubmasters, etc.
     
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