Ray-Ban and Brooks Brothers have now released their sunglasses collaboration, Ray-Ban for Brooks Brothers. The collection for men is represented by two styles, the Wayfarer and the aviator, both with the BB#1 repp stripe on the arms. The repp stripe made so famous by Ray-Ban was actually based on British club ties and regimental gear, but was reversed in the ’20s for an American spin. A little bit of Americana favored by the Ivy League types is back! If you do like that special repp stripe, you’ll probably dig the Wayfarers, since the thicker arms allow a lot more of the stripe to show than those of the aviators.
In a special announcement by Brooks Brothers, the co. writes: “Just as Brooks Brothers was a retailing pioneer, introducing America’s earliest ready-to-wear fashion emporium in 1818, Ray-Ban’s invention of the anti-glare sunglasses in 1937 defined the product category, both for the Ray-Ban brand and sunglass manufacturers to follow.”
I am definitely into traditional brands, and I hope that this collection sells out. Brooks Brothers is a good businesswear staple; Ray-Bans are something I hope everyone plans to have in their eyewear collection. The sunglasses will run you $145 for the Wayfarers and $139 for the aviators. [currently available at Brooks Brothers]