June 28, 2016
By Candace Longfellow
HOW TO TELL IF YOUR RAY-BAN SUNGLASSES ARE REAL
Despite the ever-changing tides and fickle tastes of the fashion industry, there are a few solid pieces that never go out of style. While interesting shapes and innovative materials emerge each season, Ray-Ban stands by its original designs beloved by a widespread customer base, including many of our chicest style muses. 5From the Wayfarer to the Clubmaster, street style stars like Miroslava Duma and Pernille Teisbaek are regularly snapped sporting Ray-Ban’s understated and universally-flattering shades, foregoing the flashy pair of the moment in favor of the iconic brand’s timeless styles.
A wardrobe essential for everyone from It girls to politicians (shout out to VP Joe Biden), Ray-Ban sunglasses are some of the most highly counterfeited products on the market, alongside Nike shoes and Louis Vuitton handbags. While their construction may seem simple, the brand takes pains to ensure their shades are some of the most durable available, applying cutting-edge technology and the highest level of craftsmanship that simply cannot be replicated. With that in mind, we asked our Senior Authentication Director Graham Wetzbarger to show us how to spot real Ray-Ban sunglasses.
“On Wayfarers, the Ray-Ban emblem on the arm can be set-in or raised, but it should always be clean and crisp. You will also see the Ray-Ban logo in the upper right lens, and if your lenses are polarized, next to the logo there will be a ‘P’” says Wetzbarger. “In the left lens, ‘RB’ will be etched at about midway. If you have a vintage pair, the left lens will have a ‘BL’ for Bausch and Lomb, which was the company’s original owner.”
“The hinges on aviators are attached with Phillips-head screws, not flat-head screws, and on Wayfarers the hinge is made up of seven knobs, four on one side and three on the other, which fit perfectly together.”
“On aviators, the bridge of the nose will read ‘Ray-Ban’ alongside the dimensions: the millimeter height of the lens, then a square, then the length of the bridge, also in millimeters,” notes Wetzbarger. “For pieces that have nose pads, you will see ‘RB’ on the inside.”
“On acetate pairs, on the inside of the left arm, you’ll find ‘RB’ followed by the style number. Google the number and compare the name to the box and tag,” suggests Wetzbarger. “After the style number is the frame’s color code followed by a slash, and then the lens’ color code, both of which can also be confirmed with a simple Google search. The lens and bridge measurements are listed next, followed by the lens rating. On the pair above, the ‘3N’ lets us know that this pair has neutral-tinted category 3 lenses, which provide a high level of UV protection and good sun glare reduction.”
“The arm will also often read ‘Handmade in Italy.’ There are about 20 styles made in China, but the vast majority are made in Italy. If the pair has clear ear guards, as on aviators, the support should come all the way down through the tip, which is a sign of quality construction.”
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