Bolle Sunglasses Styles, Information, and History

The Bollé story began in the small town of Oyonnax, France in 1888 where Seraphim Bollé started his company by first manufacturing combs and hair ornaments from the boxwood and horn indigenous to the region. After WWII, Bollé led the way in molding nylon to the highest standards in the world. Safety glasses and goggles were added to the Bollé line in 1950, and in 1956 Georges Bollé created the famous nylon "cat-eye" sunglasses. In 1960, ski goggles were first marketed by Bollé and from there they led the industry in product innovations as the Bollé family took the business from a small cottage industry to one of the world's most prominent manufacturers of protective eye-wear. Bollé sunglasses and goggles have long been known for their lightweight, shatterproof lenses, virtually indestructible Hydralon frames (a derivative of nylon), and sport-specific technologies.

 

Now, over 100 years later, Bollé products are distributed and worn all over the world. Bollé has developed particular strength in the sports specialty markets of snow sports, golf, tennis and marine, as well as eye-wear that meets everyday needs. But while since 1888 this precision eyewear company had been crafting sunglasses, ski goggles, and safety glasses of the finest materials available, the company is now owned by the Bushnell Corporation which has changed hands a number of times subsequently. Most everyone in the know would agree there is no substitute for Bolle sunglasses production during the golden years of the 1970s through the 1990s, the era and exclusive focus of the Vintage Sunglasses Shop.

 

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