Sunglasses today are used as the ultimate fashion statement, although this wasn’t
the case in the past. Here is a brief history of sunglasses and how it has shaped modern
culture today, brought to you by Byrogue.
How did Sunglasses come about?
One of the earliest references of sunglasses in were ‘snow goggles’, used by
eskimos to help deal with the harsh sunlight and conditions in the Arctic. These were
often crafted from wood, bone or leather and featured slits for the eyes.
To protect the eyes from glare, the Ancient Chinese created leather sunglasses
glasses using walrus ivory, around the 12th century. Chinese judges would also
wear these in the Courts of China to hide their facial expressions when interrogating
Another early reference to sunglasses dates back to Roman times, where Roman
Emperors were recorded to having worn sunglasses while watch gladiator fights. The
glasses were uses to magnify and distort their view for entertainment purposes as
they watched the savage displays in the Colosseum’s.
15 th Century Sunglasses
Fast forward 15th century Italy and the art of sunglasses were taken to a new level.
Glasses were often tinted green or blue to create a greater contrast for people who
had visual impairments or faded vision. In the 1750’s English spectacle
maker James Ayscough began making double hinged spectacles with tinted glasses.
1960s Sunglasses Styles
With the 1960’s came a revolution in fashion and culture. With Vespa scooters and
Fred Perry shirts, came Ray-Ban shades and the 1960’s sunglasses look
Jackie Onassis infamously made the round oversize shades so popular that Ray Ban
even created a pair to name after her which are still sold today. Byrogue’s ballet pink
PUSSPUSS 1960s style sunglasses perfectly blends trending fashion demands of
today with the 50’s style. If you are after the Jackie Onassis sunglasses look,
check out Byrogue’s Bower winter white sunglasses. It makes the perfect addition
to your collection of high quality eyewear.
Best Modern Style Sunglasses
The sunglasses of today come in so many different shapes, materials, colours and
styles and are crafted with the best technology money can buy.
If you are after a pair of sunglasses that suit all face shapes, check out the Butler
winter white sunglasses.