The historical development of sunglasses
In Europe in the 18th century, the industrial revolution had begun, and glass manufacturing and precision metal processing had become more and more perfect. At that time, the eyeglass manufacturers were mainly small workshops, using hand-made, and each eyeglasses had to be marked with the name of the manufacturer. Many of these small workshops later became manufacturers of precision instruments and watches. At that time, glasses had become the new darling of the upper class. The tuxedo, the stick and the clip-nose glasses were the standard dresses for a decent gentleman.
The greatest wealth of the industrial revolution to mankind is cars and airplanes, and cars and airplanes brought the popularity of goggles, because at that time airplanes were also convertible, and they couldn’t be driven without goggles.
At the beginning of the 20th century, goggles dedicated to driving became a symbol of wealth and fashion. The goggles are mainly made of glass and natural crystals are also used, but they are extremely expensive. In the 1930s, Germans and Americans invented polystyrene plastic. Its transparency was equivalent to glass, but stronger than glass. This material was quickly used in goggles. Since the output of polystyrene was very low at that time, the price was more expensive than glass, and it was absolutely cool to be able to wear this type of goggles. The fashion trend of sunglasses is not as fickle as clothing. Classic sunglasses are still sought after by a large number of fashion people since the 1950s. Especially in 2019, the resurgence of classic sunglasses styles is particularly obvious, and major brands have also joined the event. The most prominent wave of re-engraving is the popularity of aviator glasses and vinyl frames in the 1980s.