Glasses with colored lenses already existed in the XIX century but it’s from the 30s that sunglasses began to be sold on large scale.
Sunglasses come in the equipment of the army thanks to Ray Ban, American at that time (now owned by Luxottica) and, from that moment on, they also started to be part of every one of us wardrobe: sometimes more for vanity than to protect our eyes.
Sunglasses began a real status symbol since the ’80s. Our minds go once again to the famous Ray Ban Wayfarer or to the metal models with mirror lenses.
Nowadays most of the fashion houses also offers eye-wear lines but often according to the current trends or just reinterpreting famous shapes and models.