Who doesn’t know what Ray-bans are? Unless you have been living under a rock, you have seen them on everyone, young and old. They are considered classic, timeless, fashionable, functional, hip, cool, and everything in between. Celebrities and the average Joe can all be found wearing them.
Ray-Ban got its start from fulfilling a very specific need. In the 1930’s, US Air Pilots were complaining about sun glare and getting headaches. Ray-Ban created a green lens that significantly reduced the sun glare and as such, a new phenomenon was created. These glasses went on sale to the public in 1937. Over time, Ray-Ban started creating sunglasses for other very specific needs, such as lenses that reduced haze and filtering out blue light. During hte 1950’s, the brand became famously known by celebrities and the brand really started to gain traction. Ray-Ban has created some iconic styles such as the Aviator, the Club Master and the Wayfayer. To read more on the Ray-Ban history, click here: http://www.luxottica.com/sites/luxottica.com/files/ray-ban_history_en.pdf
So where does the Clydesdale fit into all of this you ask? This past Canada Day, I was out at the farm enjoying a ride with my horse Griff. It was sunny out, but not blindingly bright. I had made the conscious decision to bring my Rayban Aviators with me for driving, but then thought I should take them off while I go for a ride. I left them on top of a ledge, however were sort of in the reach of horses. Our resident Clydesdale, such a beautiful gentle giant, somehow accidentally knocked them off. If anyone knows the size of a Clydesdale, they are huge. Think of the Budweiser horses. Griffin standing next to one of them looks like a peanut. Shi-Ann, the Clydesdale, has hooves the size of dinner plates. My Raybans didn’t really stand a chance against those. Surprisingly though, my sunglasses were somewhat salvageable. The frames remained in tact, but one of the lenses popped out and shattered. Not bad considering it could have ended up a lot worse.
As I was heading back to the barn at the end of my ride with Griff, my girl friend’s little daughter came running out to tell me that my sunglasses were broken. Initially I internally started to overreact a bit. My heart leapt up to my throat and I didn’t know what to say. There is a little sentimental value to them as well as they were a gift. But after a brief moment I started thinking that they are just sunglasses and easily replaceable (unless they are Celines). No one was seriously hurt, so everything was going to be ok. It also taught me a lesson to leave my sunglasses in my car while I am at the barn ;).
Options for Repairing Ray-Bans
- buy a new pair (probably the most expensive route) **tip try looking at Costco and Winners, I have seen them there before
- if you have the receipt for your sunglasses, then you can send the glasses back to the Rayban manufacturer with a nominal fee (insert link)
- Order necessary parts through shadesdaddy.com
I used the last option. **Tip: have the glasses sent to an American address and then have that person send them to you. It will save you a lot on duties and shipping costs, I am still waiting for my replacement lenses and will post a comment once they arrive :).