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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Eyewear Nerd

Where are Ray-Bans made?

Many people believe that Ray-Bans are only made in Italy, but I'm here to give you the right answer.

Ray-Bans are actually made both in China and Italy, about 99% of RX frames are made there and just a few sunglass models are made at both or only in China.

Luxottica is the manufacturer of Ray-Bans and they have factories both in Italy and China. Certain sunglass models such as the RB 3267, RB 3211, RB 3293, RB 3379, RB 3386, RB 3387 and a few others are made in both or only in China and you are most likely going to get the one made in China.


I know people tend to think products coming out of china is a bunch of junk, but the Ray-Bans made in china is still by them, just one is put together by the Chinese and the other by the Italians.

I think Ray-Ban does need to stop making at-least there sunglasses in China, because people have the perception that Ray-Bans are only made in Italy, they should at-least mention that on their website to let people know. But sadly they don't seem to want to admit to it.

Also some people still think that Ray-Bans are made in the USA, but that was a long time ago back when Bausch and Lomb used to own Ray-Ban, but they sold Ray-Ban to an Italian company called Luxottica Group in 1999. Ever since, it has mainly been made in Italy, but now china too.
Also Luxottica Group, they own many other brands like Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Chanel, Oakley, Maui Jim and so on, but even with those brands and so many more, Ray-Ban makes up about 60% of their business. Just think of that, they have so many other popular brands, but still, 60% is a huge chunk of the pie. So making them in China for them, is simply for profit. Like the famous quote "it's just business, nothing personal"

So what do you guys think? Don't you think Ray-Ban should stop making their products in China or do you think it is ok? Comment below...

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Anonymous
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June 11, 2013 at 3:23 PM delete

Making Ray Ban sunglasses from CHINA will surely eliminate them from the competition. One day they will just sell their product in the sidewalk for 10 bucks because nobody want to wear high priced glasses made in CHINA.

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Anonymous
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June 16, 2013 at 5:20 PM delete

I believed Ray Bans were made in the U.S. Now, I see that they are made in Italy and China.
Why is everything made in China? Where I can avoid it, I will chose anything I can find that is not made in China as I believe they use chemicals that are not healthy for humans.

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Anonymous
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July 3, 2013 at 1:04 PM delete

Made in China means slave wages for the workers. I have no problem dropping $240 plus on glasses made by people who are being properly compensated, hence the price. But having the gall to charge that price for a product made in China is ludicrous and offensive.

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Anonymous
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July 7, 2013 at 6:06 PM delete

Products are made in China because the corporations choose to have them there. Quality standards are still determined by the corporations! Not the country!
Ignorance!

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Eyewear Nerd
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July 16, 2013 at 12:23 PM delete

Glad people have commented about their opinions, hope to hear more from you guys.

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Anonymous
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July 20, 2013 at 2:35 PM delete

2 years ago I spent $500 on ray ban sunglasses and im dumb enough to do it again, this will be the last time expecially for something made in china. A molded piece of plastic. No more. Bye bye ray ban china or Italy.

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Anonymous
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August 14, 2013 at 8:39 AM delete

In the 80s, I bought their sunglasses since they were made in USA and I have probably the last pair that used Bosch lenses. My other ones were made in Italy.
Now Made in China and the prices are not 70% less? I am now going to buy my sunglasses: http://www.randolphusa.com/product-categories/sunglasses/

They are made in USA.

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Anonymous
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November 11, 2013 at 12:36 PM delete

I will no longer be willing to pay the price for Ray Bans made in China. You have no idea whats fake and whats real. My last Ray Bans were made in Italy, but the new frames have made in China. For that price I`m not buying from China.

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Anonymous
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November 12, 2013 at 3:03 AM delete

All rayban sunglasss should be made in Italy NOT China. If that's the case the prices should be alot cheaper for that product because the company is certainly paying for cheap labour in China. Half these designers get their clothes etc made in these countries though - so I guess you have to look at all designers who use cheap labour to make high end products. It's a joke!

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Chris
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November 23, 2013 at 12:11 AM delete

Oh shut up already. Apple manufacture all of their products in China. Do you deman $10 iPhones and $2 chargers?

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Optickart
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December 5, 2013 at 10:45 AM delete

People should choose the correct size and color while shopping the sunglasses.Then only it would give good looking to your face.
Rayban Eyewear | Eyeglasses store online

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Anonymous
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January 4, 2014 at 2:30 PM delete

Yeah.....wait, what???

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Anonymous
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February 11, 2014 at 12:19 PM delete

Thank you so much for your information; it helped us a lot. Appreciate.

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babas2
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April 29, 2014 at 5:46 PM delete

Where can I buy Ray ban made in Italy? Any websites?

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babas2
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April 29, 2014 at 5:51 PM delete

Yes we have try China Ray bans and Italians and there is a difference they last longer than the Chinese. We got upset that we pay high price for the ones made in China because they we're as hi high as the Italians. Any websites we can find Italians? Thanks in advance.

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May 24, 2014 at 1:00 PM delete

China has no copyright laws. "We make 5000 for you and make 5000 for us

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riaz sheik
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June 15, 2014 at 12:25 PM delete

Where does I phone is made ? It is purely made in china. ....do u say people don't use I phone .....don't simply blabber. ......my friend. ....according to the price you get the product. ...

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Anonymous
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July 17, 2014 at 1:24 PM delete

i do believe it is ignorant for people to think made in china products are inferior. i mean just look at all the things you own. i would say 50% of things you bought are made in china. brand is a brand. i have sunglasses and frames both made in china and italy. do i notice the difference? no. it is more about how you take care of your eye wear than the brand itself.

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Eyewear Nerd
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August 21, 2014 at 7:28 AM delete

There really isnt, think its more psychological. As you know products from china is crap, so even when the same, in your head, your thinking its worst

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Anonymous
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January 12, 2015 at 6:50 PM delete

And not made in China means no wages for the workers.

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January 12, 2015 at 11:42 PM delete

Great and a very useful blog for me. I like reading this blog. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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Eyewear Nerd
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January 31, 2015 at 10:53 AM delete

You would think that, but before Bausch & Lomb sold Ray-Ban, it was so cheap to buy Ray-Bans, but when Luxottica took charge, they advertised heavily and now it's the most successful brand ever. The thing is, they can make it wherever they want, people will still buy them as they keep coming out with models people want.

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Eyewear Nerd
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January 31, 2015 at 10:55 AM delete

That maybe true, but it's still made under the supervision and quality assurance from Luxottica in Italy, so if it's made in China or Italy, they'll be the same.

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Eyewear Nerd
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January 31, 2015 at 10:58 AM delete

Well most are still made in Italy, not always, but most of the cheaper ones are the ones made in China, like the RB 3293 & RB 3386 which retail for $129.00, so they do still make the more expensive ones over in Italy.

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Eyewear Nerd
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January 31, 2015 at 11:00 AM delete

Can't argue with that, Randolph Engineering does make good sunglasses

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Eyewear Nerd
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February 3, 2015 at 5:20 PM delete

Like I mentioned, most of the sunglasses are still made in Italy, if where it's made is a big issue for you, just choose a model that's made in Italy.

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Anonymous
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February 14, 2015 at 9:18 AM delete

The Devil doesn't own Maui JIm YET.

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Eyewear Nerd
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February 21, 2015 at 5:46 PM delete

Yeah but everyone eventually becomes owned by Luxottica, just look at Oliver Peoples and Mykita, they kept refusing luxotticas bids, but eventually the money was too good to pass up. There will always be new brands, but eventually they all become luxottica. It is what it is.

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Anonymous
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March 13, 2015 at 11:50 PM delete

love this sunglass blog. I subscribed!

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Anonymous
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July 14, 2015 at 3:12 AM delete

No. I demand 1. Proper pay and conditions for chinese workers. 2. Proper product safety for consumers. 3. Less Greed in Companies. 4. If they can't provide any of it, homeland production so we get the wages to by what we produce

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Anonymous
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July 14, 2015 at 3:18 AM delete

Suggestion: Do as I did. Go find a Vintage Pair of Original Bausch & Lomb Ray Bans. They are out there and usually cheaper than the new ones. It just takes some more time shopping around for them.

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Jamie Nguyen
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July 26, 2015 at 10:28 AM delete

To me ,ay Ban NEED to made in Italy, can not made in China : first- you can hit FAKE made by china, 2nd they made with cheap material, 3rd you never know in plastic they made glasses is LAB or not, there could be a lot of chemical could bring you to CANCER easily. If You looking for "what Chine stuff selling in Asian , Millions Poison chemical used in food......I SAID :"NO EVERYTHING THAT MADE IN CHINA"

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