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Ray-Ban Clubmaster: Icons of Eyewear
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Ray-Ban Clubmaster: Icons of Eyewear

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The Ray-Ban Clubmaster is one of the most recognizable sunglass models in the world and since being introduced in the 80s, they have been an instant hit.  Interestingly, its iconic browline style was actually introduced 30 years before the first ever Clubmaster was made – browline glasses first became popular in the 50s and 60s.

It is widely believed that the first browline style was designed by Ray-Ban but, they were in fact produced by a lesser-known brand called American Optical Sirmonts.

The Browline Style

The browline style of the Ray-Ban Clubmaster is typified by the upper part of the frame rim. It is distinctively bolder, helping to frame your eyes –  just like real eyebrows! (Click to Tweet) The design enjoyed a decade of popularity in the 50s and accounted for half of all eyewear sales at the time. Its association with authority and institution however, saw the style dwindle in popularity between the 60s and 70s and it was not until the late 70s (largely thanks to their appearance in the film Moonlighting, starring Bruce Willis) that the browline style bounced back into fashion. Although Ray-Ban already dominated the eyewear market by that time, they were quick to develop their own version and alas, the Ray-Ban Clubmaster was born.

Evolution of the Clubmaster

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Over the next ten years they skyrocketed in popularity and appeared in two of the best known films of the 90s: Malcolm X starring Denzel Washington (1992) and Falling Down starring Michael Douglas (1993). The model shed its conservative image and increasingly became a symbol of retro, chic style and today, it’s an icon like other popular Ray-Ban models such as the Wayfarer and Aviator.

The Clubmaster Collection 

As well as the classic model , Ray-Ban have introduced some interesting variations such as the Oversized model, the Folding Clubmaster, the Fleck Clubmaster , the Wood Clubmaster and the Aluminium Clubmaster. All are great for both men and women wanting to add a little retro touch.

Read on to find out more about the collection.

Ray-Ban Clubmaster Classic

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This is of course where it all started. Inspired by the popularity of the browline style, Ray-Ban introduced their own model in the 80s and to much success. So what defines the Clubmaster? The classic model is identified by the round lenses and thick upper rim of the frame which help to frame your eyes.

 

 Ray-Ban Clubmaster Fleck

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One for you tortoiseshell fans is this model. It features a semi-transparent frame and is blended with flecks of colour including, blue, pink and gold.

 
 

Ray-Ban Clubmaster Flash Lens

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Even cooler is the Clubmaster Flash Lens model. Mirrored lenses have been a trend for a while and it’s easy to see why! It’s the perfect way to add a dash of colour and round off any summer outfit. This model is available in a range of eye-popping shades of blue and green.

 
 

                Ray-Ban Clubmaster Folding

Perhaps the most practical glasses from the Clubmaster collection is the folding version. Carefully designed with foldable points at the nose bridge and both arm pieces, these glasses can fit into the tiniest of places and travel discreetly with you anywhere. Even better is that there is also a polarized version which eliminates glare from flat surfaces such as the road and water and, they also make colours appear more vibrant.

Ray-Ban Clubmaster Wood

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And what about the Clubmaster Wood ? One for the more adventurous, this version features a browline frame made of wood which has been treated to give a high quality finish. They are available in three types of wood: walnut, maple and cherry and they can also be combined with polarized lenses.

 

Ray-Ban Clubmaster Aluminium

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Retro style meets modern with the Aluminum Clubmaster. This model has been re-worked using the classic shape of the Clubmaster and aluminum frames. The glasses weigh next to nothing and the result is a smooth pair of shades. Available in a polarized version and in a range of aluminum finishes including copper, silver, gunmetal and black, these sunnies are a great choice if you are looking for a sleek look.

 
 

Ray-Ban Clumaster Oversized

What happens when you merge the browline style with the trapezoidal shape of the Ray-Ban Wayfarer? The Clubmaster Oversized! These frames also feature larger lenses and are great for those of you looking to add a touch of glamour to your look. You can also combine them with flash lenses.

 

 

Still not sure which ones to pick? The take our quiz!

 

With all the styles on offer, you are spoilt for choice at SmartBuyGlasses. Check out our Clubmaster range and find your perfect pair!

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