Sunglasses are for many people an indispensable accessory. Today there are thousands of styles, colors and shapes, but do you know where the first model was designed?
The first prototype of the sunglasses was conceived in the island of Murano, located in the north of Venice, being considered one of the inventions that marked the XVIII century. Equipped with UV lenses, the sunglasses were invented to satisfy a need of the Italian people: to protect the eyes from the sun reflexes during the walks realized next to the Lagoon of Venice.
Baptized”gondola glasses” or”vetri di dama”, sunglasses were an exclusive accessory, accessible only to the noblest classes of society. With a rough and fragile air, the first pair of sunglasses was far from becoming the fashion accessory that it is currently.
In 1929, the company Foster Grant launched the first mass-produced model, a phenomenon that eventually raised the sunglasses to a cult object and extremely desired around the world.
For example, Ray-Ban glasses, created in 1937, were designed especially for American Air Force pilots to protect their eyes from the sun’s rays. But little time passed until they became popular and immortalized by some movie stars. Who does not remember the character of Tom Cruise in the movie”Top Gun”?
Currently, Ray-Ban is one of the best selling sunglasses brands in the world. The Aviator and Wayfarer models, considered the best-selling brand, continue to be coveted around the world as symbols of style and taste.