The Rayban Wayfarer sunglasses are one of the most iconic sunglasses that have ever been designed. They first came into the public eye in the fifties and have maintained their position as the coolest sunglasses available ever since. They are now regarded as a design classic along with the mini and the red telephone box.
Rayban Wayfarer sunglasses have long had a love affair with music and film. They first received their top billing by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. During the eighties they featured in many popular films such as Risky Business and the Blues Brothers. It was the last ten years however, when they received the full respect as a complete design classic and have been enjoying a renaissance.
Originally planned for use by pilots, the Wayfarer were welcomed by many celebrities of the day such as James Dean and Andy Warholl. The rock stars have always loved them from John Lennon to Morrisey.
Wayfarer sunglasses’ classic style is the plain black frames, but the range hugely expanded during the eighties and there are now a huge range of styles and colours. More recently, the coloured frames have made a real comeback. They are still one of the most popular sunglasses in the world and have a huge following from actors and rock stars.
They have been the subject of many imitators with many well known brands such as Police, Oakley and Marc Jacobs all designing their own versions of the classic frames. Even so, there is no replacement for the original design. Showing no signs of letting up, the Rayban Wayfarer have been compared to the Cadillac fin as a classic piece of design and their loyal fan base is getting bigger and bigger every year. There are now a huge number of sunglasses manufacturers all with their own take on a cool pair of sunglasses, however it is still looking like the classic Rayban Wayfarer sunglasses are going to be hard to beat.