Oakley is by far the most popular sunglasses manufacturer in action sports today. Sold in more than 100 countries, Oakley with its philosophy of performance, style & technology have produced some of the greatest engineered sunglasses, goggles & accessories in the world. With more than 575 patents awarded to them and 1100 trademarks to their name, Oakley sunglasses are iconic and stand virtually alone as a performance eyewear manufacturer that understand the high-octane and demanding lifestyle of its wearers.
Oakley was founded by Jim Jannard in 1975 with just $300 and the attitude that everything can be improved. "Everything in the world can & will be made better," Jim told his sceptics. "The only questions are, 'when & by whom?'".
The first sunglasses were Eyeshades and Pro Cyclist Greg Lemond was the first athlete to represent Oakley with these sunglasses. He became a three-time winner of the Tour de France with Oakley as a sponsor. Pros like Lance Armstrong, Mark Allen & Scott Tinley also demanded the performance and protection offered by Eyeshades.