EZContacts is an eyewear superstore offering hundreds of brands of authentic eyeglasses and sunglasses for men, women and children. While many of the brands we carry are not listed here, we thought it’d be fun to kickoff 2020 with profiles of 20 of our customers’ favorites. 

RAY-BAN

The now famous Ray-Ban aviator sunglasses were first created for the U.S. Army Air Corp by Bausch & Lomb. The glasses were the first to incorporate anti-glare lenses. The Ray-Ban aviator achieved immense popularity during WWII, when General Douglas MacArthur was photographed in them. Ray-Ban glasses became part of American fashion.

  • In 1952, Ray-Ban created the hard plastic frame called “The Ray-Ban Wayfarer” and became the sunglasses of choice for celebrities including Bob Dylan, Andy Warhol, James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, Roy Orbison, John Lennon, Madonna and, of course, Tom Cruise (the “Top Gun” glasses).
  • In 2007, Ray-Ban expanded the Wayfarer color options and created Wayfarer frames that combined colors such as gold on black and red on tortoise-shell.
  • Ray-Ban offers hundreds of unisex frame styles as sunglasses and prescription eyeglasses as well as models specifically for men, women and children.
  • Popular models include Clubmaster, Wayfarer, New Wayfarer, Caravan and the timeless Aviator. See our entire Ray-Ban collection here.

GUCCI

Guccio Gucci founded a saddlery shop in Florence in 1906 and branded it “The House of Gucci.” 32 years later, the brand began opening retail shops located in Rome, Milan and Florence selling handbags, luggage, and shoes. Gucci established offices in New York in 1953. 

Tom Ford became head executive and creative director of Gucci in 1990 and developed new products including perfumes, cosmetics, watches and sunglasses. 

  • The classic interlocking Gs icon has established itself as a symbol of wealth and sophistication.
  • Gucci offers sunglasses and eyeglasses for men and women.
  • Bold-framed glasses characterize the Gucci eyewear line for women, from classic aviators to cat-eyes and crystal Hollywood Forever styles.
  • The Gucci eyewear line for men features glasses and sunglasses with metal and acetate frames, from classic aviators to the bold Hollywood Forever styles.
  • Popular models include Gucci GG0036S, Gucci GG00060 and Gucci GG0582S. See our entire Gucci collection here.

TOM FORD

Tom Ford is orginally from Texas, but became a household name when he moved to Milan in 1990 to become a designer for Gucci. He became Gucci’s creative director a few years later and left in 2005 to create the Tom Ford brand. He then established a partnership with Marcolin Group to produce and distribute eyewear.

  • TOM FORD eyewear is among the top three brands at luxury stores worldwide.
  • TOM FORD offers sunglasses and prescription eyeglasses for men and women.
  • Popular models include TOM FORD FT5424, TOM FORD FT5207, and TOM FORD FT0657 CHARLOTTE 35722. See our entire Tom Ford collection here.

PRADA

Prada was founded in 1913 in Milan by Mario and Martino Prada. The Italian luxury fashion brand is know for its clothing, handbags, shoes, and accessories. In 1999, Prada and De Rigo group formed Prada eyewear. Today, Prada eyewear offers unique, high-quality eyeglasses and sunglasses, many of which make bold fashion statements.

  • Prada is known for daring, oversized frames, geometric shapes, angular silhouettes and inventive temple and frame embellishments. 
  • The brand also balances its collection with sophisticated classic styles including cat-eye frames, classy rectangle silhouettes, and round frames.
  • Prada offers sunglasses and prescription eyeglasses for men and women.
  • Prada Linea Rossa is a sister brand with a focus on technical detailing to fuse high fashion with high performance and design excellence.
  • Popular models include Prada PR 19SS, Prada PR 74VS Catwalk, Prada PR 11VV Conceptual. See our entire Prada collection here.

PERSOL

Giuseppe Ratti, owner of Berry Opticians in Turin, Italy, began making technically advanced glasses in 1917 to satisfy the demands of pilots and sports drivers. Today, timeless design and art-like quality makes the Persol brand a favorite in the world of cinema.

  • Persol’s unmistakable symbol is a hinge decorated with an arrow on the stem, inspired by the swords of ancient warriors. 
  • The Persol brand offers sunglasses and eyeglasses for men and women.
  • Persol offers a series of special editions including a Steve McQueen trademark.
  • Popular models include Persol 2747S, Persol PO3207V and Persol P00649. See our entire Persol collection here.

VERSACE

Gianni Versace designed his first collections in 1972, launched a brand under the name “Gianni Versace Donna” in 1978, and opened the company’s first boutique that year in Milan. Throughout the ’80s Versace won prestigious awards and became a fashion legend. He worked closely with celebrities including Elton John and helped launch the careers of many supermodels. Today, Versace is known for extravagant designs including its lavish, statement-making eyewear.

  • The Versace logo is the head of Greek mythological figure Medusa.
  • Versace offers sunglasses and eyeglasses for men and women.
  • Popular models include Versace VE3234B, Versace VE1184, Versace VE4326B. See our entire Versace collection here.

BURBERRY

The Burberry brand dates back to 1856 and rose to prominence when Thomas Burberry invented the waterproof gabardine fabric used in outerwear. Burberry’s trench coats became popular during World War I. The Burberry eyewear brand was born a century and a half later, in 2006.

  • Burberry has a distinctive British identity and is synonymous with design, craftsmanship and innovation.
  • Their most iconic sunglasses are the aviator styles, due to the brand’s original connection to pilots.
  • Popular models include Burberry BE3074, Burberry BE2172, and Burberry BE3097. See our entire Burberry collection here.

DOLCE & GABBANA

Dolce & Gabbana was founded by Italian designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana in 1985. Early products included leotards, underwear, swimsuits and perfumes. The company teamed with Madonna in 2010 to design a collection of sunglasses titled MDG. 

D&G eyewear

  • The simple Dolce & Gabbana (D&G) logo is among the most recognizable logos in the fashion world. 
  • Dolce & Gabbana’s frames often embrace playful, expressive, and dramatic looks.
  • Dolce & Gabbana offers sunglasses and prescription eyeglasses for men and women.
  • Popular models include Dolce & Gabbana DG5025, Dolce & Gabbana DG4345, Dolce & Gabbana DG4268 and the very bold Dolce & Gabbana DG2233. See our entire Dolce & Gabban collection here.

MICHAEL KORS

New Yorker Michael Kors started designing clothes at 19 and attended the Fashion Institute of Technology. Established in 1981, Michael Kors eyewear collections capture the glamor and sophistication for which the designer is celebrated. Michael Kors eyewear collection consists of classic frames with fine construction and details. 

  • Aviators and oversized sunglasses are the most prominent designs of the Kors brand.
  • Michael Kors offers sunglasses for men and women and prescription eyeglasses for women.
  • Popular models include Michael Kors MK4016 Antibes, Michael Kors MK4058 Caracas, and Michael Kors MK5004 Chelsea. See our entire Michael Kors collection here.

COACH

Coach started in New York City in 1941 with six artisans aiming to make beautiful, functional items from fine leather. The brand has grown into a leading American fashion brand. Under license since 2012, Coach eyewear expresses New York style and the authentic American heritage.

  • Coach eyewear blends modern sophistication with vintage style to complement a wide range of wardrobes and appeal to contemporary tastes. 
  • Coach offers sunglasses and eyeglasses for women.
  • Popular models include Coach HC8132 L109, Coach HC7012 L038 Caroline, and Coach HC6118B. See our entire Coach collection here.

GIORGIO ARMANI

Legendary Italian desinger Giorgio Armani is known for redefining fashion by introducing leather in day-to-day outfits. He established his initial brand in 1975 and in the late 1980s, expanded his commercial horizons to include eyewear.

Armani is now known as one of the world’s most prestigious brands comprising numerous sub-brands—including Armani Exchange—in a variety of industries. 

Giorgio Armani eyewear

FENDI

Adele and Edoardo Fendi founded the brand in Rome in 1925 and quickly became famous outside Italy’s capital. The brand—under the direction of Karl Lagerfeld—is known to have transformed fur it into a fashionable, light clothing item. Lagerfeld continues to provides artistic direction along with Silvia Venturini Fendi (who represents the third generation of the family).

Fendi eyewear

  • In 2007, Fendi put on a fashion show atop the Great Wall of China, which was visible from the moon.
  • Fendi offers sunglasses and eyeglasses for men and women.
  • Popular models include Fendi 0128/S, Fendi 0128/S, and Fendi 0130. See our entire Fendi collection here.

KATE SPADE

While an editor at Mademoiselle, Kate Brosnahan Spade set out to design the fashionable and utilitarian handbag she felt didn’t exist. She combined sleek shapes and colorful palettes in an new way and, in 1993, debuted six versions of a bag called “Sam,” giving rise to an accessories revolution. 

The company, now a Tapestry, Inc. brand, designs and sells stationery, personal organizers, address books, shoes, beauty products, perfume, raincoats, pajamas, clothing, and eyewear. 

Kate Spade

  • Kate Spade glasses feature frames in classic and modern shapes with striking prints and bold color palettes. 
  • Kate Spade offers sunglasses and eyeglasses for women.
  • Popular models include Kate Spade Blakely, Kate Spade Lucyann, Kate Spade Annika/S. See our entire Kate Space collection here.

SAINT LAURENT

Saint Laurent is one of the most prominent fashion brands of the 20th century. Founder Yves Saint Laurent is known to have pushed boundaries and was unafraid of shocking in the name of freedom of thought. Saint Laurent designs men’s and women’s ready-to-wear clothing, handbags, shoes, leather goods, jewelry, scarves, ties and eyewear. 

Saint Laurent

TORY BURCH

Tory Burch is a American lifestyle brand launched in 2004. Known for her bohemian aesthetic, Tory Burch launched a eyewear collection in 2009. Based in New York, Tory Burch specializes in haute couture offering clothes, luxury goods, and fashion accessories. 

  • A bold use of color, prints and detailing are all signatures of the Tory Burch brand.
  • Tory Burch offers sunglasses and eyeglasses for women.
  • Popular models include Tory Burch TY2003, Tory Burch TY7062 Panama, Tory Burch TY7005 Toru C03. See our entire Tory Burch collection here.

CARRERA

Carrera was founded in Austria in 1956 and now operates from Padova, Italy. The Carrea trademark belongs to Safilo Group S.p.A., which designs and produces sunglasses and eyewear. 

Carrera eyewear

  • The Carrea brand is popular with celebrities including Paris Hilton, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and Usher.
  • Carrera offers eyeglasses and sunglasses for men, women and children.
  • Popular models include Carrera 8802, Carrera 1103/V, and Carrera Carrerino 50. See our entire Carrera collection here.

NIKE

You know Nike for its shoes and the many products it offers athletes. Nike also offers a popular line of eyewear with a massive selection of models. Nike eyewear embraces technological innovation and state-of-the-art craftsmanship.

  • Nike eyewear offers lightweight frames made in rugged plastics, strong titanium or flexible memory metals.
  • Nike offers sunglasses and eyeglasses for men, women and children.
  • Popular models include Nike Flatspot R EV1045, Nike Adrenaline M EV1113 and Nike 8098. See our entire Nike collection here.

MAUI JIM

Maui Jim company roots trace to 1980 when fisherman Jim Richards began selling sunglasses on the beaches of Maui. Later, the company developed polarized sunglasses to protect eyes from glare and UV rays. Mauji Jim is now one of the world’s most popular sunglasses brand. 

Maui Jim

  • Maui Jim glasses feature a patented polarization technology called PolarizedPlus2
  • Maui Jim offers sunglasses for men and women.
  • Popular models include Maui Jim Hookipa, Maui Jim Stingray, Maui Jim Cliff House, and Maui Jim Breakwall. See our entire Maui Jim collection here.

OAKLEY

Jim Jannard founded Oakley in 1975 and began by selling unique motorcycle grips. Its product porfolio expanded soon after and included goggles featuring a curved lens, known as the “O Frame.” By 1983, Oakley had begun to manufacture ski goggles and sunglasses oriented towards sports.

Oakley sunglasses

  • Greg Lemond won the Tour de France multiple times wearing Oakley “Eyeshades” and is widely credited for making Oakley the cool sunglass manufacturer.
  • Oakley offers sunglasses and eyeglasses for men and women.
  • Popular models include Oakley Fuel Cell OO9096, Oakley OO9295 Flack 2.0, and Oakley Crosslink MNP OX8090. See our entire Oakley collection here.

COSTA DEL MAR

Costa Del Mar—or simply “Costa”— was founded in 1983 by Ray Ferguson in Daytona Beach. The brand became the official gear of the Stars & Stripes team in America’s Cup yacht racing contest and became popular with surfers and recreational fishermen due to its sun glare protection.

Costa Del Mar sunglasses

  • Costa claims it builds the best sunglasses on the planet for those who live to be on the water.
  • Costa offers sunglasses for men and women.
  • Popular models include Costa Del Mar Reefton, Costa Del Mar Loreto, and Costa Del Mar Tuna Alley. See our entire Costa collection here.

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Written by Barry Silver
Barry focuses on conducting research in the eyewear industry and delivering the content you need to make informed decisions regarding your vision.