Wayfarers (1952), Raymond Stegeman

Founded in 1937 by eye health company Bausch & Lomb, Ray-Ban is a brand of sunglasses. Their most iconic models are the Aviator (which also features on Wikiconic) and the Wayferer – as seen in Hollywood productions such as The Blues Brothers, Risky Business, Miami Vice, Moonlighting and The Breakfast Club. The list of celebrities wearing Wayfarers is almost infinite.

Wayfarers were designed in 1952 by optical designer Raymond Stegeman, who designed a lot of models for parent company Bausch & Lomb. The design was progressive, almost the equivalent of mid-century modern design in furniture. The Wayfarer made use of a new plastic molding technology, and was the first popular frame made of plastic in a long tradition of thin metal frames.

In 1999, the Italian Luxottica Group took over Bausch & Lomb and Ray-Ban.

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© Luxottica, Milan, Italy

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