Ray-Ban is quite a prominent brand in the world of eyewear. This premium brand is popular for its innovations and continuous advancements in the eyewear industry, and provides its customers with a wide collection of fashionable and trendy optics as well as sunglasses. Some of the iconic eyewear styles by Ray-Ban are Aviator, Clubmaster, Wayfarer, Justin and Erika.
But with all this popularity, the major setback that the brand suffers from today, is the fact that it has been copied constantly and there are a whole lot of fake Ray-Ban eyeglasses and sunglasses out there.
Making of a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses
Ray-Ban, originally an American brand, has come a long way ever since its origin in America in 1937 and now is owned and operated by an Italian group, Luxottica. The brand believes in providing good quality eyewear to their customers, and makes sure that the components used in the manufacturing of the eyeglasses and the sunglasses are of top-most composition.
Ray-Ban sunglasses are fitted with the best variety of glass lenses, and the brand refrains from using the plastic ones. Glass lenses are known for offering better clarity and the ones used by Ray-Ban are mostly manufactured in Italy and provide the user with the required UV protection.
The basic belief of the brand is to provide their customers with durable products that don’t wear off easily in the long run. This in turn leads to a rise in the overall cost of manufacturing the sunglasses.
Availability of cheaper substitutes
However, not everyone out there shares the same belief and passion about manufacturing sunglasses, and as a result there are a whole lot of cheaper substitutes replacing the authentic licensed ones.
The replicas are designed to look the same like the original ones, but other than that the quality of the materials used in the making of them is cheap and can also be harmful for the wearer.
With the increase in the number of people looking for wrong ways to make money and resorting to black market activities, the number of fake sunglasses substituting the genuine branded ones is on a constant rise.
Ways to differentiate between an original and an imitation
Along with the quality of the logo and the manufacturer’s details on the branded retail box, the case and the dust cloth, the buyer should pay a lot of attention to the eyewear as well.
- The inner part of the right temple arm of an original Ray-Ban pair features a style name followed by the name of the country of manufacture, along with the letters CE which stand for ‘European Conformity’. The letters, font, alignment, spacing and the positioning of the characters should be examined carefully.
- The inner part of the left temple arm of a pair of an original Ray-Ban sunglass features the model number and the sizing details, and this too should be closely checked for any font size, spacing or an alignment error.
- The hinge on the temples is molded from a single piece of metal so there should be no weld marks or joins on the same.
So be careful the next time you are buying a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses and make sure you end up with an authentic pair over a fake one, by checking your pair for the listed out characteristics.