Li Edelkoort is one of the world’s most prominent trend forecasters, so when we spotted her in these Ray-Ban Wayfarer frames, we had to know all about them. “They’re a classic,” she said, “and I’ve been wearing the same pair for years!”
Li’s not the only one who feels that way. Ray-Ban has sold millions of pairs of their now-iconic Wayfarer frames since the style was first introduced in 1952. Though they’ve since introduced a number of variations (in both color and silhouette), Li’s “Original Wayfarer Classics” are based off that very first design. Commonly seen as sunglasses, Li has turned the specs into optical frames that wrap perfectly around her face. The full-rim frame is made from acetate and features the brand’s iconic temple rivets and raised Ray-Ban signature on the sides. Li may spend her days searching out the latest trends, but as we’ve all learned, it’s hard to mess with a classic!
For David Macklovitch, half of New York-based electrofunk band Chromeo, fashion is distilled into a few timeless essentials. Among the classic staples: these black Ray-Ban Wayfarers, which are the only pair of sunglasses Macklovitch has ever worn.
We photographed the man who’s also known as “Dave 1” before his performance at Osheaga – a homecoming of sorts for the Montreal native, who’s spent the better part of the year promoting the band’s latest album, “White Women,” which spawned the “Get Lucky”-esque hit single, “Jealous (I Ain’t With It).
Macklovitch also wears these Ray-Ban glasses as optical frames, and they’ve become his signature of sorts, along with some well-tailored blazers or leather biker jackets, paired with a T-shirt and jeans. It’s important for bands to also have an aesthetic vision in addition to a musical one, Macklovitch explains, and a great pair of specs is the perfect, finishing touch.
Here’s an interesting story about Kyle’s pair of Ray-Bans: he bought them in 1993 at Lenscrafters and they were originally supposed to be sunglasses but the store messed up on the tint. Kyle liked them so much, he kept them anyway, and has worn them as optical frames ever since.
The rimless frames, aviator lenses and double wire bridge are all signatures of 90s eyewear design, yet these glasses still resonate as a cool, suave pair of specs today. Kyle told us that every other pair of glasses that he’s bought since 1993 have broken. In style and in durability, this pair has stood the test of time.
We can’t help but smile when we see these photos of Lesley, who works as an assistant buyer for leading ecommerce brand SSENSE in Montreal. Lesley loved that these Ray-Ban sunglasses were black, leather-wrapped and circular – two motifs that fit in with her personal style. We loved the detail of the black and white string attached to these frames, and the slight zig-zag along the bridge. The slim profile and shape of these glasses give off a vibe that’s hippie and hipster at the same time, and paired with Lesley’s outfit – well, it’s pretty hip for summertime too.
We caught Denisse outside of her store, Will Leather Goods, in Venice, California, taking in the summer weather in a pair of classic Ray-Bans. Denisse has a mix of high-end sunglasses and sidewalk shades, but when it comes to her go-to pair, these large, rounded frames always hit the mark. The frames collapse and fold in at the bridge, making them as practical as they are stylish. “I love that I can fold them down and slide them in my pocket,” Denisse told us. “That way, I’m not losing them because I put them down somewhere.” Another reason she loves these frames: “They make me feel like a boss!”
We spotted Krystle outside the Toronto Comic Arts Festival wearing these amazing vintage Ray-Ban sunglasses. These rounded aviators were part of Ray-Ban’s “Classic Collection” in the 80s and feature a gold-coloured metal frame and arched double bridge.
We spotted Josh in these vintage Ray-Bans, which were produced in the late 1970s when the entire frames were still made in the U.S.A. The sunglasses are engraved with the words “B&L Ray-Ban” on the inside of the temples, the letters standing for Bausch & Lomb, who owned Ray-Ban until it sold the brand to Luxottica Group in 1999. Once they were sold off, the company began manufacturing its frames in Italy.
We love the inspired styling of these glasses, from the angled frame – which adds visual interest – to the retro-hued shade. Do you love these shades on Josh as much as we do?
Nicole’s ready for the weekend in these classic Ray-Ban Meteors. The Meteor is 1960s inspired men’s frame and features thinner arms than the well known Ray-Ban Wayfarer. More than half a decade later, they’re still as cool as ever, and have spawned a number of Meteor knock-offs from companies big and small. Still, nothing compares to the original, with its distinct shape and signature Ray-Ban logo on the sculpted temples. Nicole bought this pair a year ago, but it’s safe to say she’ll be wearing them for many more years to come.
As the PR manager for Harry Rosen, Tim knows a thing or two about dressing up and finding that perfect suit. But he also knows how to keep things casual, like with this classic pair of Ray-Ban aviators. Originally designed by Ray-Ban for American fighter jet pilots in the 1930s (hence the name), these thin frames with the teardrop-shaped lenses have now become a staple in every guy’s wardrobe. Whether paired with a suit, or like Tim, with a T-shirt and jeans, this is a style that works on almost any outfit and for any occasion.
We spotted “Stop It Right Now’s” Jayne Min in these Ray-Ban Clubmasters during New York Fashion Week, and it reminded us of why we like her (and her blog) so much. Jane’s got this cool-girl vibe that isn’t put-on or pretentious, while also managing to look like she just stepped out of a magazine editorial or Opening Ceremony catalogue.
Jayne was a street-style photographer’s dream in this much-coveted CÉLINE jacket, which she paired with the Ray-Bans, white Adidas sneakers and a classic black Saint Laurent Paris tote. The high-low mix had us intrigued and perhaps the sneakers served an ulterior purpose: rather than hop into a cab with the other fashion week “it” girls, Min walked to the next show – just like everyone else.