How to Spot Fake Ray-Ban Sunglasses: 5 Ways to Tell Real Glasses

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Worn by celebrities like Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and Hilary Duff, Ray-Ban is undoubtedly one of the world’s most famous and renowned eyewear brands.

Launched in 1937 by the Bausch & Lomb company, Ray-Ban is beloved for its iconic designs, such as the ever-popular Wayfarers, as well as the Aviators that were originally designed to help with US Army Air Service pilots.

Also credited for revolutionizing the eyewear industry with the creation of the wrap-around style sunglasses, Ray-Ban still continues to be a leading eyewear choice for everyone, from celebrities to street style stars.

Michael B. Jordan, Kesha, and Emma Roberts wearing Ray-Ban sunglassesMichael B. Jordan, Kesha, and Emma Roberts wearing Ray-Ban sunglasses

Yet fake Ray-Bans continue to be widely spread around. In April 2019, Arklatexhomepage reported that counterfeit Ray-Bans worth over $40,000 were seized by US Customs and Borders Protection officers in Shreveport, Louisiana.

The desire for Ray-Ban sunglasses has gotten so high that ABC7 News reported in December 2019 that scammers have made copycat websites that look like legitimate fashion websites, including using photos from companies and posting them on their fraudulent websites in an attempt to easily scam customers.

With so many counterfeit Ray-Bans out there and on the rise, it’s an alarming thought that you could be a victim in purchasing a fake pair yourself. Yet there’s no need to worry as there are plenty of ways to be able to tell a fake Ray-Ban from an authentic one.

Where to buy Ray-Ban sunglasses

From classic pairs to contemporary designs in a range of colors and styles, there’s definitely a pair of Ray-Bans to complement your lifestyle and personality.

If you’ve been on the market for a new pair, make sure to purchase from legitimate and authentic retailers to ensure that you’re getting the real deal. Here are some of the most popular places to buy Ray-Ban sunglasses:

1. Ray-Ban
2. Sunglass Hut
3. Lenscrafters
4. Nordstrom
5. Zappos

Since it’s getting harder and harder to distinguish the replicas from the real ones, here are some of our top tips on how to authenticate a pair of Ray-Bans:

1. Consider the price point

Ray-Bans have an average price of around $150 a pair, so if the rate seems like a really good price point, the chances are that it’s too good to be true.

That’s why we recommend that you only purchase Ray-Ban sunglasses from retailers such as those listed above. If the $150 price point seems a little steep, look out for flash sales and promotions at Nordstrom Rack to get some great deals while being certain of the product’s authenticity.

In an interview with CNN, Ray-Ban’s global brand director Sara Beneventi said their sunglasses are more expensive than knock-offs as they cost much more to make. “We don’t have plastic lenses,” she emphasized.

2. Examine the logo

A surefire way to tell that Ray-Ban sunglasses are fake is by looking at the logo placement. Most counterfeit Ray-Bans will have the logo placed on the left lens, while you can find the logo on the right-hand lenses of original Ray-Bans.

Pharrell Williams wearing genuine Ray-Ban sunglasses with unmistakable frames featuring the engraved logoPharrell Williams wearing genuine Ray-Ban sunglasses with unmistakable frames featuring the engraved logo

Ray-Ban sunglasses are known for their subpar quality and this is reflected upon all the detailing, such as the logo quality. If the logo is flaking or easily peels off, this is an indicator that it is not an authentic pair.

3. Check out the sticker on the lens

All Ray-Ban sunglasses feature a gold sticker on the lens, with black font on it detailing the logo and lens type. It should also state that it has 100% UV Protection.

Lily Aldridge wears retro and timeless Ray-Ban Clubmaster Classic sunglassesLily Aldridge wears retro and timeless Ray-Ban Clubmaster Classic sunglasses

If the sticker is a shade of yellow instead of gold and has misspelled text without a 100% UV Protection guarantee, then they are counterfeit Ray-Ban sunglasses. There should also be an “RB” etching on the left lens area, however, products made before 2000 will have “BL” engraved instead.

4. Look at the packaging

Each pair of authentic Ray-Ban sunglasses should come in a branded Ray-ban box containing the following items: a Ray-Ban cleaning cloth, the manufacturer’s note, a mini brochure explaining the product details, a Ray-Ban case, a tag, a manual titled “The Icons,” and the product’s warranty.

If the packaging is incomplete or the product details are misspelled and have typos, then the product is a fake one. Ray-Ban sunglasses should also come in a black faux leather case with a gold logo or a tan faux leather case with a black logo.

Real Ray-Ban sunglasses come with a Ray-Ban case and branded cleaning clothReal Ray-Ban sunglasses come with a Ray-Ban case and branded cleaning cloth

If the case feels like it’s made from low-quality material or comes in a variety of colors, then it is most likely not an authentic item.

You should also make sure that the Ray-Ban silver box containing all these items have a barcode and determine whether the cleaning cloth is a soft microfiber cleaning cloth with the Ray-Ban logo.

5. Investigate the temple area of the sunglasses

If you look closely at the left temple area of the sunglasses, it should state the serial and model number (which is RB followed by 4 digit-numbers), the size of the lens, and the product’s color code details. The right temple area should also have an engraving of the Ray-Ban logo.

Questions About Ray-Ban

Why is the brand called Ray-Ban?

As Business Insider explains, you can thank the US military for the world’s most famous sunglasses.

Returning from another test flight in the 1930s, US Army Air Corps Lieutenant General John Macready once again complained about the sunlight which was constantly damaging his eyes. He got in touch with Bausch & Lomb, which was co-founded by optician John Bausch in 1853, to work on a pair of stylish sunglasses that would protect his eyes.

One of the Army’s best pilots in the years after World War I, he soon received a prototype designed with green lenses to remove glare without obscuring the pilot’s vision. The new antiglare sunglasses “banned” the distracting ultraviolet and infrared rays from US aviators’ eyes, giving way to the name “Ray-Ban.”

In World War II, Ray-Ban gradually improved their original lenses by equipping them with a gradient effect. General Douglas MacArthur popularized the glasses after photographs were published of him landing on a beach wearing Ray-Bans in the Philippines in 1944.

Are Ray-Bans made in China?

In 1999, Bausch & Lomb sold Ray-Ban to Italian eyewear conglomerate Luxottica, which also owns Oliver Peoples, Persol, Alain Mikli, and Oakley. Ray-Bans are made in factories all over the world, including at Luxottica’s manufacturing facilities in Dongguan, in the southern province of Guangdong, China.

In addition to the factory in China, product design, development and manufacturing take place in Italy, Brazil, and the United States. Luxottica also operates two small plants in Japan and India serving the local market.

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